Lower Falls

Directions

On NY 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, just east of Panther Mountain and just south of Upper Saranac Lake, the Coreys Road will exit to the south.  Follow this for about 3 miles.  Park in the parking lot on the right, about 0.2 mile after crossing Stoney Creek. 

County: Franklin
Town: Harrietstown
USGS Map: Tupper Lake
Waterway: Raquette River
Latitude: N 44o 8' 48"
Longitude: W 74o 19' 20"
Drop: 6'
Type: Slide
Region: East of Tupper Lake
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 4.2 miles one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Since this is the same access as Raquette Falls and Upper Falls, we are posting some of the common info here.

The trailhead is at the right, rear of the parking lot, behind the registration kiosk.  Make sure you wear waterproof hiking boots and bring along your hiking stick.  We were there on June 7 and the trail was still quite damp even though it had not rained in some time.  There was also a stretch of about 30' or so where the trail was completely under water.  There was no way to get past that section without wading through.  Perhaps later in the year things will have dried out, but earlier, the effects of winter snow melt are still present.  It would also be wise to bring the bug spray.  Even though signs in the parking area indicate that there is no camping, there is an overabundance of Camping Mosquitoes.  They are intense!

The trail is well marked with signs.  Just beyond four miles, you will come to a clearing with a barn type structure at the left.  There is a ranger residence behind it.  Continue on the trail and you will come to a sign pointing the way to the Lower Falls.  Head to the river and you will find this first waterfall.

We have indicated this to be of moderate difficulty.  The hike itself isn't that bad, albeit somewhat lengthy.  Lower Falls is for the most part a slide waterfall, more akin to being rapids.  The drop begins as the river bends right and then an immediate left through an "s" in the river.

The Raquette River empties into the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York.

Updated: June 8, 2015

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2015


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