Take I-81 to exit 43, commonly referred to as the Kellogg
Hill exit. From the exit, head east ... a right if
you were northbound and a left if southbound. Within
a few hundred yards, you will intersect Route 11.
The north and southbound lanes are split at this point by
a large rock outcropping. Go straight across the southbound
lane and turn left. You will merge into the northbound
lane. Bear right and the falls will be a half mile
or so up the road on your right. There are signs as
you approach so it won't be hard to find.
||N 43° 53' 31"
||W 75° 58' 45"
||South of Watertown
|Length of hike:
||Private, with a roadside
Talcott Falls is certainly one of, if not the most
popular waterfall in Jefferson County, New York. It is within
sight of New York State Route 11, a few miles south of Watertown.
In fact, you don't even have to get out of your car to get good
pictures. It is the only waterfall in Jefferson County listed
on the USGS GNIS.
The property itself is private land. We have been
emphasizing that for some time but now there are posted signs at
the location. Please honor the landowner's rights.
With liability and so on the way they are these days, we can
certainly understand why they have posted the site. You
can still get a nice view of the waterfall from within the
highway right-of-way. If you do get out of your car to
take pictures, please stay within the right-of-way and use
caution. This is a very busy US highway. Traffic is
relatively heavy in this area and they are coming by at speed.
Please note that some of our pictures were taken before the
area was posted. Those that were taken after it was posted
were taken from the shoulder of the highway on the northbound
Please view our
video of Talcott Falls, taken on April 29, 2016.
The Stony Creek is actually one of the smallest waterways that
flows into Lake Ontario that contains a waterfall. Further
downstream, it flows through the village of Henderson. Its
outlet into Lake Ontario is just south of Stony Point in the town
Last update: April 29, 2016