Greenwood Falls

Directions

From Harrisville:  Proceed east on NY 3 through the hamlet of Pitcairn.  Past this, you will go by the end of St. Lawrence County Route 23 on your left.  The Greenwood Road is exactly one mile past this intersection.

From Star Lake:  Coming from the east on NY 3, you will come by the end of New York State Route 58.  A short distance later, you will cross what is know locally as the "Blue Line".  This is the boundary of the Adirondack Forest area.  The Greenwood Road is the first left as you leave the Adirondacks.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Pitcairn
USGS Map: Fine
Waterway: Greenwood Creek
Latitude: N 44o 12' 18"
Longitude: W 75o 11' 47"
Drop: ~ 50-60'
Type: Step
Region: Off NY 3 between Harrisville and Fine
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.1 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Although this is technically not a named waterfall and isn't indicated on topographical maps, this is a popular spot locally and is known as Greenwood Falls.  They are located in the Greenwood Creek State Park Picnic Area.  This is easily found off New York State Route 3, just east of Harrisville.  

There is a sign on the end of this road that says "Greenwood Creek State Park Picnic Area 1 mile".  Actually, it is 1.2 miles down this dirt road.  There is a family home just in from the corner.  Beyond that, all you will see are hunting and other small camps.  The falls are at the back of the picnic area, which is very nicely maintained by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.  There are several picnic sites with tables and fireplaces.  There are also a number of designated campsites where you can stay for up to three nights at no charge.  This is a first-come, first served situation.

Greenwood Falls is actually a series of drops on this creek, totally an estimated 50 or 60 feet.  Above the falls, the Greenwood Creek is a calm stream.  As the channel narrows, it drops a foot or two and takes a 90o turn to the left.  From here, it takes 5 or 6 drops of 3 to 5 feet each over the next 120 or so feet of the creek.  The channel levels out for a short distance and into a right turn and the main drop.  This drop is 5 or 6 steps of about 15' in overall drop.  At the bottom, in the picnic area, there is a shallow pool which leads to another small drop just below the picnic area.

The hike to the top of this area is over a trail of moderate difficulty.  This would be a nice area for a family outing.  The hike isn't so extreme as to frustrate less experienced hikers and the time needed to traverse the distance is short.  You can be at the top in five minutes or so.  In addition, the picnic area provides a nice spot for lunch and a little relaxing.  Although this waterfall is just outside the Adirondack Blue Line, you have the atmosphere of the forest all around you. 

Greenwood Creek flows into the Big Creek which flows into the West Branch of the Oswegathchie River.  This joins the main channel of the Oswegatchie near the hamlet of Talcville in the town of Edwards.  From here it flows into the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg.

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