Posts Tagged ‘Waterfalls’

Devil’s Hole / Whirlpool State Park Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


Devil’s Hole – Staircase

Devil’s Hole State Park
Fee: None
Pets: Yes (with leash)
Bikes: No

New York State Parks – Devil’s Hole
NYFalls – Devil’s Hole State Park
New York State Parks – Whirlpool
NYFalls – Whirlpool State Park
Scott A. Ensminger – Devil’s Hole

Distance: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Difficult (descent) Easy (gorge trail)

(2012-09-01) This was Kevin and my initial trip to Devil’s Hole. Our primary purpose was to scout out the fishing access on the Niagara. The park itself is free and the majority of the trail was easy walking. However, the staircase down at Devil’s Hole is a cardiac workout. Save some energy for the walk back! Overall, there were some places that you could get to the water to fish, but caution is needed as a wrong step or two and you could find yourself trying to fight the currents of the Niagara River. We focused primarily on two locations. Saw fish but caught nothing. The trail at Devil’s Hole connects to the trail at Whirlpool State Park. The staircase for the Whirlpool is indicated on the map, but we didn’t take it. In all, our round trip was 3.7 miles.


Bank side – Devil’s Hole


View of the power plant.


Cave along the trail


Rock face …



Taughannock Falls State Park Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Taughannock "Upper Falls" - Gorge Trail

Taughannock Falls State Park
Fee: State Park Fees Apply
Pets: w/Restrictions

Parking Area: N42 32.307 W76 36.514 (Overlook)
Parking Area: N42 32.727 W76 35.969 (South Rim / Gorge)
Parking Area: N42 32.835 W76 35.786 (Picnic / Fishing)

Trail Map:

Trail: North Rim
Distance: 1.5 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.766 W76 36.030

Trail: South Rim
Distance: 1.125 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.727 W76 35.969

Trail: Gorge Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.727 W76 35.969

Trail: Multi-use
Distance: 2.0 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

05/01/2010 (AdvGirl) – We started this hike on the South Rim trail which is easily seen from the parking area.  Although I indicated “easy” for this hike, the multiple sets of stairs going to the rim can get you winded.  Once we were on the rim, the trail is very easy going from there.  A similar staircase is on the North Rim entrance, which seemed to be a less aggressive incline.  The South Rim connects to the North Rim trail over the upper falls and continues back to the South Rim parking lot.  From the same parking lot you will find the Gorge Trailhead.  This is a very easy paced hike to the lower observation area of the upper falls.  A nice set of easy trails connected to a very nice park filled with amenities.

Taughannock Falls - Lake Side

South Trim Trailhead

More South Rim Stairs ...

More South Rim Stairs ...

North Rim Trail

North Rim Trail

Taughannock Lower Falls - Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail View

Taughannock Upper Falls

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Genesee River Saturday, April 17th, 2010
Genesee River - Seth Green Trail

Genesee River - Seth Green Trail

Body of Water:
Genesee River

Key Species:
Bass (Small mouth), Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Freshwater Drum, Perch (Yellow & White), Steelhead, Salmon (Coho & Chinook), Northern Pike, Walleye

“This shallow, roily stream flows right through Rochester … It offers about 0.75 miles of faster water below the lower falls, followed by a long stretch of flat water all the way to the lake.” – Fishing Western New York

[Rybaak 25] Lower Genesee River
GPS: N43 11.241 W77 37.389 (Seth Green Trail – Parking)

04/16/2010 (Kevin) – This was our first visit to this spot.  You can expect to do a little walking to get from the parking area to the water.  Under the bridge on the Genesee River to the Seth Green Trail parking lot is approximately .5 mile (each way).  However, there is a steep decline/incline, approximately 300′ at 45 degrees at the base of the trail.  The rocky shoreline can also be a little bit tricky to navigate along.  The water is very deep and fast in parts.

Genesee River - Seth Green Trail

Genesee River - Seth Green Trail

Genesee River - Lower Falls

Genesee River - Lower Falls