Split Rock Falls, New Russia, NY

by Angela M. Jorczak
(Albany, NY)

Split Rock Falls, New Russia, NY

Split Rock Falls, New Russia, NY

Description of the Falls:

The Split Rock Falls in the Adirondack Park is a very popular and pretty spot. The falls get very strong and powerful in high water after heavy rainfall. The water is clear and cold as it cascades through natural steps made of granite and slate. There are two drops, the first about 30 feet in height, and the other plunges about 40 feet with a mid-level pool in-between. The pool at the bottom of the lower cascade is estimated to be about 8 feet deep, making it a popular jumping spot from the top of the ravine. Hemlock and Spruce trees line the ravine, and trout fisherman sometimes get lucky. The falls are part of the Boquet River located on NY state-owned land. The Boquet River is among the steepest rivers in NY starting as just two streams high up in the Dix Mountain Range and converge just ahead of the falls.

Directions to the Falls:

Split Rock Falls is one of the easiest waterfalls to reach since it is just a few steps from the road, making it a popular swimming spot. It's location is not marked and can be found on NY Route 9 following the Boquet River. From exit 30 on the Adirondack Northway (I-87) go northwest on NY Route 9/73 toward Lake Placid for approx 2.4 miles until you come to a large intersection. Take a right to continue north on Rte 9. You will drive over a small bridge crossing the Boquet River just above Split Rock Falls. This point is 2.3 miles from route 73 and 4.7 miles from I-87. There is a small, unmarked parking area on the right side of the road just past the bridge. In the summer, the lot can fill up quickly with swimmers and jumpers. Be cautious, several people have drowned through the years at this location. Protective fences used to line the ravine, but swimmers have been quick to tear them down. Be sure to explore great photo ops from a variety of locations along the river's ravine being careful not to slip. Unless the water is flowing heavily, make your way to the bottom to swim or take additional photos.

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