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Cascade Mills Falls

Cascade Mills Falls

Cascade Mill Falls is a scenic 20-foot cascade adjacent to an abandoned factory between Penn Yan and Dresden, New York.

The eight mile Keuka Lake Outlet is a natural waterway that drains Keuka Lake at Penn Yan into Seneca Lake at Dresden. Along its course, dotted with the ruins of old mills and factories, it drops 280 feet and offers several spectacular waterfalls.

The waterway is paralleled with an abandoned New York Central railroad that was converted into the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, open to cyclists and pedestrians. It meanders between Penn Yan and Dresden and at one point, enters one of the 27 locks that serviced the long disused Crooked Lake Canal.

At Cascade Mills is the abandoned Baker Chemical Company’s carbon bisulfide plant. Adjacent to it was Kelly Tire which reconditioned tires and relied on carbon bisulfide for rayon.

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Directions

From Penn Yan, follow Outlet Road east of the city for 2.7 miles. At its terminus with Ridge Road will be a parking area for the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail. Park and walk or bike the trail for ½ mile east.

From Dresden, follow NY Route 54 west for 2 miles. Turn left onto Ridge Road and follow for 1.3 miles to the junction with Outlet Road. Pull into the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail parking lot. Park and walk or bike the trail for ½ mile east.

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