Northern New York Waterfalls 

Whitaker Falls


Follow NYS Route 26 south out of Lowville to the hamlet of Martinsburg and take a left on the Glendale Road.  Whitaker Park will be on your left a short distance up the road. 

County: Lewis
Town: Martinsburg
USGS Map: Glenfield
Waterway: Roaring Brook
Latitude: N 43° 44' 04"
Longitude: W 75° 26' 44"
Drop: ~40'
Type: Multiple drops
Region: Near Martinsburg
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt/rock
Length of hike: < 1/4 mile, one-way
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Glenfield Quadranble

Whitaker FallsThese falls are beautiful and quite impressive, and they show what thousands of years of erosion can do.  This is very nice little town run park where you can camp, picnic or just enjoy the falls or the scenery of the Black River valley.  Go straight at the intersection where you enter the park.  You will come to some buildings, including two pavilions at the back of the park.  There is a parking area there.  Signs direct you to the falls which is on the right at the back of the park.  Look for the wooden fence.  You will find an opening through which you can descend to the river.  The walk from the parking lot to the falls is less than a quarter mile.

Whitaker FallsThese falls descend through three drops.  When you reach the river you are just downstream from the top drop.  The riverbed here is made up of layers of fairly smooth rock.  There is usually enough dry space to access the bottom through a series of natural rock steps.

The first video is of the main falls.  The second one also shows the lower drop. 

Be advised that this facility is only open mid-May through September.  If you are planning a visit near the edges of this time-frame, it would be wise to check to see if they are open.  According to their website, they can be contacted at

There is quite a bit of confusion about the name of this location.  The sign greeting you at the park identifies it as Whitaker Park.  Virtually everything you find on-line and in print about this park calls it Whittaker Park.  Even the road sign says Whittaker.  A telephone call to the Martinsburg Town Clerk has clarified this.  The family that settled in that area and donated the land for the park was Whitaker, one "t".  No one seems to know how, why or when this happened, but over time, the name acquired an extra "t" and became Whittaker.  This is further reinforced by a picture of an old post card obtained from the Lewis County Historical Society.  "Whitaker Falls" is imprinted on it.  In honor of the family whose name originally was the source of this park and falls, we will use the original spelling. 

Our application to have this falls listed on the USGS GNIS was accepted on May 31, 2017.  Whitaker Falls is now the official name of this waterfall.

The Roaring Brook flows into the Black River just downstream from the Whetstone Gulf area.  The Black River joins Lake Ontario just west of Watertown in Dexter, New York.

Last update:  June 13, 2017

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