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Salmon River Falls

 

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This 112 acre Unique Area is home to the 110 foot Salmon River Falls.  The beauty of this waterfall is hard to resist and many people visit everyday, especially in the fall.  Due to its popularity, the DEC made improvements a few years ago to the area.  There is a large parking area off Falls Road.

The main and very popular Falls Trail is a hard gravel trail that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This trail allows people with various levels of physical abilities to use its flat surface. This includes people in wheelchairs as well as parents with strollers.

Two separate overlooks along the Falls Trail offer a distant view of the falls at the first overlook and a closer look at the second overlook. The Falls Trail is an easy to walk 0.2 mile (1,100-foot) trail.  Don't expect to be alone if you make the visit to this spectacular waterfall, especially during the weekends and more so in the fall.

There is also a 600 foot Gorge Trail that drops 100 feet in elevation into the gorge below the falls.  This trail is fairly easy to go down, but is a tough trek back up. One of the best views of the waterfall is about halfway down the trail (at the switchback).  There is poison ivy that grows along side the trail.  The Gorge Trail is open from May 1 to Nov 15. 

The Upper Falls Trail leads one mile along the Salmon River to the Salmon River Dam upstream.  This trail runs very close to the river and when the dam allows access water downstream, the trail can become quickly flooded.  The DEC calls this trail "undeveloped".

The Riverbed Trail leads 66 feet down a set of stairs to the upper Salmon River.  This allows you to explore the top of the falls and gives a unique view of the gorge.  There are signs that warn to stay 15 feet away from the edge of the cliff.  Also be wary of any sudden rise in the river (as the dam could be releasing access water from upstream).

Look below for pictures, a video and maps of this truly unique area.

Directions:  From Pulaski take County Route 2 east to Orwell.  Turn right on County Route 22.  Turn left on Falls Road.  There is a large DEC parking area on the right prior to Falls Road becoming a seasonal road.

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Salmon River Falls

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Salmon River Falls Trail

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Top of Salmon River Falls

 

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