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Split Rock Falls

Split Rock Falls

Split Rock Falls, a 47-foot tiered waterfall, is located along the Boquet River in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest of the Adirondacks in New York.

The Split Rock Falls gorge, located south of Elizabethtown, contains one of the most scenic but underrated waterfalls in the Adirondacks. A small parking lot for just a few vehicles lead to informal trails and rough overlooks despite it being a popular summer swimming hole.

But this landmark along the Boquet River served as a place of worship for the Native Americans and later, as a boundary marker between the United States and Canada until 1777. The gorge was then privately owned until being acquired by the state in 1981 to become a part of the 45,000-acre Hammond Pond Wild Forest on the eastern fringe of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

Today, the Hammond Pond Wild Forest protects numerous cascades, several pristine ponds and brooks, innumerable wetlands, and countless peaks, including Split Rock Mountain, which serves as the backdrop to the waterfall.

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DEC Region 5 Warrensburg Office (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:45 PM): (518) 623-1200
Backcountry Emergencies: (518) 891-0235 / 911
Police: (518) 408-5850

  • From Interstate 87’s Exit 30, follow US Route 9 north for 4½ miles. A small parking area will be on the right prior to the Boquet River bridge.
  • From Elizabethtown, follow US Route 9 south for 8.1 miles. A small parking area will be on the left prior to the Boquet River bridge.

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