High Falls

Legend

Confirmed Access
NYC Area Beaches
Point of Interest
State or Town Park
Unknown or Unofficial

This is a park of sorts, though it isn’t clear which pathways are open and which are restricted.  Swimmers were present, though the sign states that this is not allowed.  There is a parking lot off of Lawrenceville Road, which will be on the left hand side of the road if you are coming from Rosendale.  The lot is near a fenced off area that is some kind of water treatment center, and from here you can see the top of the biggest falls. The chain link fence looks closed when you are driving in, but there is a U walkway through the fence and down to the falls.  According to the sign, this is a historic area and you are allowed to be there.

If you continue to follow the path you’ll see another fenced building in front of you. There are some small paths behind this building to get to the falls, though there is an easier path outlined below.  As mentioned above- swimming isn’t allowed, and the people who were swimming told that it is unsafe to swim near the large falls.  If you follow the paths behind the building and all the way to the right, there is a smaller fall that people were swimming in.   There is a little “beach” area and rocks to lie on. We were advised that this is the safest place to swim in.

If you go back to the main path by the the fenced builing, you’ll see another fence blocking the way. This also has a U opening, so go through it and continue walking. On the left is an easier path to the swimming “beach.” Just a little ways down, the path goes to the left and you’ll see some ruins of a stone building, and “No Trespassing” signs on the right. Stay off the land to the right and continue left on the small path. This will bring you over some rocks and to the water. Here you’ll see some mossy rock steps leading to a jump off point. While we did see many people jumping into the water, people have died here before, and we were advised that this is a dangerous area to swim in.

Location Details

  • 10 min
  • +41 49.753, -74 07.840
  • Easy
  • (510)525-2226

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