Here's a new one for Livingston County. I made a return trip on 8/4 to a very nice waterfall I first visited in 2008. I'm new to this discussion so I'll try to upload maps and pictures as best I can. The falls were disappointing this year because it's been so dry and the water flow was about one-fifth of what I remember (and by mud marks on the banks). It's an easy hike to the top of the falls but a treacherous descent to the base. If I return in the spring for more photographs, I will bring a climbing rope to make it easier to get down and back up. The falls are on Beards Creek which is northwest of Leicester, NY. To get there, drive to Geneseo, continue out (east) on Route 39/20A and then south through Cuylerville and to Leicester. Shortly after passing through Leicester, 39 goes up a hill to the left; you should bear right onto Dunkley Road. After the farm on the right, just past the guard rail is a pull-off where you can park and a trail that goes down to the stream. Turn right at the stream and walk downstream until you get to the edge of the falls. The descent to the base is on the right (facing downstream) and there is a trail which leads to the very steep slope covered with very slippery pieces of shale.
Coordinates of falls: 42 deg 46.525 min N, 77 deg 54.777 min W. In UTM units: 261696.19 mE, 4739993.40 mN
Coordinates of the turn-off/parking: 42deg 46.487 minN, 77 deg 54.891 min W
I could not get my GPS to work so these coordinates are from GoogleEarth.
- Bill Hallahan
- Here is the waterfall with my assistant, Kate, who was helping me with a summer course development project.
Imagine this with 5X the waterflow! I have more photos but they are too large for this communication.
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- Road map. X marks the falls.
- GoogleEarth map showing turn-off/parking spot and arrow to falls. Notice the dark canyon below the falls.
Be ready for bushwacking and a challenging climb to the foot of the gorge.