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Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby spec » Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:49 pm

I heard about this falls from a customer where I work. I don't know if "Cornell Hollow Falls" is it's official name or if it even has an official name. The road it's on is called Cornell Hollow Rd, so that's the name I gave it. It's actually quite close to my house. He gave me decent directions to the trailhead, so Ben and I scouted it out one evening. I actually know that area fairly well -- I once dated a woman who lived on that side of the hill. Never knew there was a falls there though. We found the trail easily enough, and hiked in a ways, but we didn't find the falls that evening, and as it was getting dark, we decided to come back when we had more time and light. The land is not posted, but we figured we were on private land. A few weeks later, I met someone who lives adjacent to the property in question, knows the owners, and obtained permission to hike in and check out the falls this past Friday morning.

I was impressed that something this "large" was so close! There was _very_ little water while we were there, but I think this would be nice under spring melt/heavy rain runoff conditions. I'm hoping for some significant rainfall so I can get better shots. I do indeed plan to head back next spring to see what magic the melting snow can perform for this wild gully. It is right on the Tioga & Broome County line, but lies wholly within Tioga.

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Not the greatest pic, but without the water flowing it wasn't destined to be a great pic anyway. ;) The guy sitting at the top of the falls in the red shirt is Adam.... He's 6ft 2in tall. I estimate this falls at about 30-35 feet high. Can't wait to see it when it's flowing good.
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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby Matt » Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:28 pm

it's great info. I'll get this into the index. thanks!
would you say this is the approximate location?
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=42.15092,-76.11478&z=17&t=H
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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby spec » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:51 pm

Matt wrote:it's great info. I'll get this into the index. thanks!
would you say this is the approximate location?
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=42.15092,-76.11478&z=17&t=H



Dead on my friend. ;)
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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby spec » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:30 am

Great to have this one on the Index!! A minor correction -- It's actually in the Town of Owego.
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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby spec » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:36 am

I got back here the other evening after we had some heavy rains for a couple days. Unfortunately it was far too dark to take pictures, but the falls indeed is very pretty when there's actually water flowing over it. :) The character of this falls is very much like the other two Tioga County falls -- Thin shale layers, as is common to the region, but with other thicker and harder layers mixed in moreso than closer in to the Finger Lakes. This makes for some nice "mini-drop" cascades as the falls descend their faces, and those same facets in the rock create great ledges and steps for climbing.

Topo for this area looks quite rich in gullies, gouges, gorges, and glens. I'm sure there's more falls around here. I hope to have the time this summer to research land owner information and make some contacts. I've also got a falls here in Broome County that I need to get photos of and post here. Nothing too huge, probably 12' or so. It's in a public park, but not in an area that is frequently accessed.
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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby spec » Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:55 am

I knew this falls would look good with some water.....

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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby HaloGirl » Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:41 am

Another nice shot. :)
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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby spec » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:54 am

Thank you!
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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby MapleBark » Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:43 am

I'm pretty sure this used to be called Barnes Falls (see attached postcard from 1907). Thank you for finding it! I always wondered where it was.

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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby spec » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:09 am

MapleBark wrote:I'm pretty sure this used to be called Barnes Falls (see attached postcard from 1907). Thank you for finding it! I always wondered where it was.

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I don't think this is Cornell Hollow Falls. The person sitting at the bottom of the falls shows the scale of that pool, and no area that large exists at Cornell Hollow -- it is a narrow and steep, but shallow gully.

That pool looks more like Buttermilk Falls, although the falls looks much shorter. I did a quick search on google for a Barnes Falls in Owego, NY and found several old postcards like this. All of them showed this falls which looks very similar to Buttermilk, just not high enough. It's hard to tell with the trees in the shot -- they may block the view of more of the falls.

I'm leaning towards this being a different falls, mainly because it gives me something new to look for down here!! :)
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Re: Cornell Hollow Falls - Tioga County

Postby hobkyl » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:10 pm

I missed this post Andy....good find :up:
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