High Falls (Agawamuck Creek)

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High Falls (Agawamuck Creek)

Postby trinitrotoluene » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:51 pm

I learned about this waterfall by chance, from a local I met near Bash Bish Falls. It's more or less in the middle of the village of Philmont, in Columbia County, about ten minutes from the Taconic State Parkway. Agawamuck ("stream of many fish") Creek is a headstream of Claverack Creek, which drains into the Hudson at Stockport.

Russell Dunn's book says it's on private land, but that appears to be no longer the case -- it's now contained in a High Falls Conservation Area, in which a short and easy trail leads about half a mile to this overlook. I'm not sure when the conservation area was created, but it seems to be fairly recent (Dunn's book was published in 2006 iirc).

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Eyeball tells me maybe 125' total, with a main drop of about 80'. The information posted near the parking area said 150', but that seems a bit of an overestimate.

Slogged down through lots of mud and made a sketchy traverse around some wet mossy rocks to get this view from the base:

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There was also a little bonus waterfall -- it drains a little pond on top of the gorge that's probably fed by a diversion from the main flow, and likely wouldn't have much of a summer flow at all if it weren't for an exceptionally wet summer (it was raining all that day, only letting up considerately for me to take photos).

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Normal flows, from the photos I've seen, are much much lower.
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Re: High Falls (Agawamuck Creek)

Postby L_G_D » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:38 am

Wow, that looks like an interesting one that I haven't been to. Will have to remedy that in the near future. Great pics & post, thanks!
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Re: High Falls (Agawamuck Creek)

Postby Matt » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:08 am

great photos! Looks like a fantastic waterfall.
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Re: High Falls (Agawamuck Creek)

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Re: High Falls (Agawamuck Creek)

Postby Dingoblu » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:14 am

Nice one!!
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Re: High Falls (Agawamuck Creek)

Postby L_G_D » Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:06 pm

Finally got to this one, had actually forgotten about it until a friend mentioned it and we looked it up. It was cold and very windy, so we didn't spend much time here, but would like to go back and look around a bit more, maybe get down to the bottom for a view from the level of the plunge pool.

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