High Falls of Papscanee Creek

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High Falls of Papscanee Creek

Postby George » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:34 pm

Here is a hidden gem of western Rensselaer County, and one of several falls that tumble down the shale bedrock that marks the edge of the Hudson River gorge. This falls is entirely on private property, and a 1/4 mile bushwhack is necessary to reach it. The owner gladly granted me permission to access it.

Papscanee Falls 2.jpg


The opening at the top is a railroad bridge on the Albany-Boston line. I scrambled up a fin of eroding shale to take this one, without enough room to set up the tripod

Papscanee Falls 1.jpg

What's fascinating to me is that within 1/2 mile Papscanee Creek becomes a tidal arm of the Hudson River, where huge flocks of redwing blackbirds feed on wild rice and osprey and bald eagles are often seen. Papscanee Island between the creek and the Hudson River was the ancestral summer hunting and fishing home of the Mahican indians, and is now a nature preserve.

42 35'10.61"N
73 44'13.20"W
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Re: High Falls of Papscanee Creek

Postby Matt » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:34 am

i love that first photo!! :up: :up:
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Re: High Falls of Papscanee Creek

Postby L_G_D » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:27 pm

Nice shots, good to see more of Rensselaer County being represented.
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