A place to discuss waterfalls. Including the parks that house them and the hikes to get to them.
The waterfalls is on private land owned by the gravel company, but it is not well-posted at all, and it is clear that lots of people have been visiting it. There are many trails that lead to the Falls and most of them do not have any posted signs on them. It looks to us like the gravel company wants to prevent 4-wheeler access but not hiking access. There are two main ways to get to the Falls.
You can park on route 19 and walk east on the Dolomite Gravel company driveway. There is a trail on the left just before the bridge over Oatka Creek (the creek that flows over the Falls), and there is also a trail on the right just after you cross the bridge over the creek. If you take the second one, it does down and then you make a right turn and go underneath the bridge and follow the creek to the Falls.
You can also drive a little further south on Route 19 and then head east on North Street. There is an Ace hardware on that corner. The road curves to the right and then crosses Oatka creek. You can park on the side of the road, and there is a trail on the south side of the creek, which follows the creek. You take that for I guess about a half mile to the Falls.
This is a beautiful Falls that is very close to the Rochester area and is easily accessible from 490 and from the Thruway. And it is no more than a half mile walk to the Falls, on level ground.
The falls are actually on land owned by people living on North Street. Viewing areas might be on the gravel company's land but access above the falls and falls themselves aren't.
I just visited Buttermilk yesterday afternoon..just parked my car at Ace Hardware and walked down the gravel road about a half mile on foot. Can't miss it.
Here's one of the shots I took.
Nice shot...I haven't been there in years.
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Thanks for the kind words everyone. I was kind of on edge both literally and figuratively for that shot! I felt like if I walked in just the right spot that the rocks would collapse underneath me. I'm 200lbs and theres really no way to determine the structural integrity of the ground underneath you in that spot! If you go there please be cautious of that as well as trying not to fall over the edge. If you go back up the hill and walk down the field a few hundred feet further there is another ledge that appears to be safer. I got a few good shots from there as well but prefer this one over those..
Ice on display. And Robins. Go figure. Like 100+ robins in Mid february. They eat the moss from the running water that seeps through this beauty; and so they must somehow winter here. A wild sight. If i could post the video you would doubt it was early February. A unique anomaly (last pic, right side).
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Beautiful photos David! Another falls I was supposed to make to last year but never did.