Northern New York Waterfalls 

Leighs Falls


As you drive into Canton on US 11, you will cross the bridge over the Grass River.  The next right is Miner Street.  Follow this and just past the St. Lawrence University campus, you will cross another bridge over the Grass.  This waterfall is under and just upstream of this bridge.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Canton   
USGS Map: Canton
Waterway: Grass River
Latitude: N 44o 34' 58.44"
Longitude: W 75o 09' 58.69"
Drop: NA   
Type: Rapids
Region: South of the village of Canton
Parking: Unpaved lot     
Trail type: Roadside/dirt
Length of hike: Roadside
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Canton Quadrangle

It is actually quite generous to call this a waterfall.  It is a stretch of rapids, and not a very vigorous one at that!  Had we driven by it probably wouldn't even have warranted a stop.  However, it has been known in this area as Leighs Falls for many years so we felt compelled to include it. 

It gets its name from a Leigh family (pronounced Lee) that were early residents of Canton.  In fact, at one time there was a Leigh Street in the village.  This one block long street connected Miner Street to Park Street but was closed a number of years ago and became part of the SLU campus.

There is an island in the river at this point so this is a two-part drop.  You are actually less than 200 feet from the village limits here and less than 400 feet upstream, the Little River joins the Grasse.  This river is one of the larger tributaries of the Grass and the last significant feeder to flow into it before it reachs the St. Lawrence River.

The Grass River flows into the St. Lawrence River in Massena, in St. Lawrence County.

Note:  Depending upon which map or sign you are using, this river is referred to as either Grasse or Grass.  Officially, it is Grass.

Last update:  April 16, 2017

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