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The twenty-one foot Bucktail Falls isn't the biggest waterfall, but it sure is a scenic stop in the Otisco Valley of Central New York. Its worth the trip to visit these waterfalls, so put it on your to do list. The falls are a short walk from the road on a well defined path.  The waterfall is from Bucktail Creek. The toughest thing about this waterfall is finding them. We've driven past this spot numerous times and never knew there was a waterfall there! There are no posted signs, however we are pretty sure this is private property. Please respect the property to ensure many generations will be able to visit this local landmark. 

The GPS coordinates for the small parking spot is N42 49.351 W76 14.463 for those who have a GPS devise. And when we say parking "spot", we do mean ONE pull in parking spot. Plus beware of the somewhat hidden boulder on the drivers side as you pull in. For those who don't have a GPS, we suggest checking out a Garmin nüvi 52LM 5-Inch Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps (US) to help plan your hiking adventures. Look below for directions, a couple of pictures, a video and a topo map of the area.

Directions: From Syracuse take I-81 to Exit 15 Lafayette. Take US 20 WEST then a left on NY 80. Pass Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard on your right if your interested in some apple picking. Take NY 80 into Otisco and turn right on Otisco Road. Follow road to its end at Otisco Lake. Now turn left on Otisco Valley Road. Drive about two miles and then turn right on Sawmill Road (not very well signed here).  Drive 0.6 miles and then a left on Moon Hill Road. There is a pull off for one car on the left before you go to far uphill.

Bucktail Falls

Bucktail Falls


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