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.
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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 Raquette River empties into the St. Lawrence River in
Massena, New York.
Updated: June 8, 2015