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8 Spectacular New York Waterfalls You Need to Explore

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September 7, 2023

Whether you live in New York or you’re currently planning an epic camping trip, you don’t want to miss out on these stunning waterfalls! From the smaller waterfalls of Watkins Glen to the awe inspiring Niagara Falls, here are 8 amazing New York waterfalls you need to explore!

1. Watkins Glen State Park

watkins glen state park, new york. part of the finger lakes region.

Located in the Finger Lakes Region, Watkins Glen is home to 19 beautiful waterfalls. Surrounded by 200-foot cliffs, visitors can walk the gorge path, a route that crosses over, under, and through these lovely falls. If you’re looking for a magical waterfall experience, this is your park!

Camp nearby at Flint Creek Campground

2. Middle Falls of the Genesee River

middle falls of the genesee river

You will find this beauty in Letchworth State Park, also known as ”The Grand Canyon of the East.” There are three amazing waterfalls on the Genesee River, but the Middle Falls are arguably the most breathtaking and photogenic. Enjoy 66 miles of hiking trails while you’re here and be sure to check out Inspiration Point for some amazing views.

Camp nearby at Cherry Hill Campground

3. Eternal Flame Falls


flickr/Kim Carpenter

This unique waterfall is located in Shale Creek Preserve.The waterfall itself is smaller than many of the others at around 30-feet, but it’s a must-see gem. You will have to tackle a short hike to reach the falls, but witnessing the magical flame (courtesy of natural gas) is worth every step.

Camp nearby at Camp Emerald Acres

4. Taughannock Falls

the majestic taughannock falls in new york state.

Located within Taughannock State Park, this impressive 215-foot waterfall is taller than Niagara. The falls are nestled within the gorge surrounded by massive rocky walls that stretch nearly 400 feet into the air. Visitors can explore two hiking trails here, the Gorge Trail and the Rim Trail.

5. Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls

flickr/Andy Arthur

Kaaterskill Falls can be found in the Catskill Mountains. This is the tallest two-tier waterfall in New York, coming in at an impressive 260 feet. To view the falls you will have to take on a steep hike, but the views of the waterfall and the Hudson Valley are a worthy reward for your hard work.

6. Chittenango Falls

Chittenango Falls

This picture-perfect waterfall is the main attraction of Chittenango State Park. Guests can hike above and below the 167-foot falls and then enjoy a picnic with a fantastic view.

7. Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls


If you’re looking for a family swimming spot, don’t miss out on Buttermilk Falls located in Buttermilk Falls State Park. The natural pool at the base of the falls is perfect for a summer day followed by a picnic or hike. Multiple hiking trails, ranging from easy to strenuous, will lead you to 9 other waterfalls located throughout the park.

Stay nearby at Rochester Vacation House

8. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

No waterfall list would be complete without Niagara Falls. This massive, thundering waterfall sees million of visitors every year, and for good reason. Consider taking a boat ride, helicopter ride, or go on an adventure and experience the Cave of the Winds. Regardless of the season, Niagara Falls is definitely worth the trip.

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