From the intersection of NY 12 and NY 28 in Alder Creek,
drive northeast on NY 28 to Forestport. After crossing
the Forestport Reservoir, take a right on the exit ramp.
Continue to merge on the Woodhull Road. As you go
through Forestport Station, take a right on the Bardwell
Mills Road. You will come to a corner where the Bardwell
Mills Road exits right, but you should continue straight
and you will be on the Lake Julia Road. In a little
over 1/2 mile, turn left on the Muthig Road. This
becomes the Roberts Road. You will come to a sign
on the left for the "Black River Public Fishing Stream".
Drive about 1-1/4 miles down this dirt road.
||N 43o 23' 52"
||W 75o 8' 7"
||Southeast of Forestport
|Length of hike:
There are several things that need to be mentioned about accessing
this location. First of all, just like topographical maps,
this dirt road is not labeled. It will be on the left a little
more than 1/4 mile past the Little Black Creek Fishing Access Site.
There is a NYS DEC sign at the corner showing that this is the Black
River Public Fishing Stream.
Next, there is also a sign, or was in April 2013 when we were
there, indicating something to the effect that this road is a Jeep
Trail, Private Road. Since there is an official DEC sign at
the corner and these signs didn't look official, we parked the car
and took a chance. About 1/4 mile down the road, we came to
a house where two men were out front having coffee ... yes, coffee.
They told us that all the land on both sides of the road was private
but that the road was state-owned. Apparently one of the other
land-owners put those signs up.
They also said that it was another mile to the waterfall and
was passable in a car. We went back, got the car, and drove
in. At about 1-1/4 mile, we came to a parking area.
We could see the end of the road another few hundred feet in, but
it was quite muddy and narrowing. We would have done it in
the truck, but we decided to park the car.
There were a couple of trails from this parking loop. We
opted for the right-most. It took us to the river's edge where
we followed it around a bend and found the waterfall. Although
this is one of only two USGS officially named waterfalls in Oneida
County, it is not a very big one, maybe a three foot drop.
At the actual drop, we found DEC trail markers that led us back
to the other trail at the parking loop. It is important to
note that this trail must be on the edge of state land, because
trees adjacent to the trees sporting the DEC markers, held "Private
Property No Trespassing" signs. Also, about 200' downstream
from the waterfall, it appeared that we were looking over the crest
of another drop. Since this was on posted land, we didn't
follow up on it.
Since our trip, the owners of this land downstream found this
entry and contacted us. A trip is planned to go back there
and get some pictures from downstream.
The Black River empties into Lake Ontario at the Black River
Bay, just southwest of the village of Dexter.
Last update: July 29, 2015