Buffalo January 05, 2017
These 5 Breathtaking Waterfalls Are Hiding Around Buffalo
We all know
the waterfall that calls Western New York home, but what about the small falls that are hiding around Buffalo? There are several hidden, local secrets that are a bit more of off-the-grid but provide just as much fun as the 8th Wonder of the World. While some are hidden right in our local villages, others call for a pair of hiking shoes to venture to. Let’s explore.
1. Glen Falls (5565 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221)
Hidden right behind Main Street in Williamsville is a small park with big views. Glen Falls is a quiet solace in a busy village. The trails in the park provide great views and opportunities to view wildlife such as Blue Herons and ducks. The park is filled with flowers, smalls streams, and interconnecting ponds that give it a zen-like feel. The waterfalls, which are easily visible from most of the park, are especially beautiful in the fall with the colorful backdrop and red mill, making it a popular location for prom and wedding photos. This park and falls are great for all ages!
2. Emery Park Falls (2084 Emery Rd, South Wales, NY 14139)
Right off of the 400 and up the hill on Route 16 lies another hidden park in South Wales. Emery Park has two larger waterfalls for visitors to discover as well as many other activities such as hiking and frisbee golf. The largest of the falls, Emery Falls, has a 40 ft drop and can be viewed from the trails. North Emery Falls is also accessible from trails and features a 30 foot waterfall. Spring and fall are the best times to view these natural beauties, as water dries up in the summer months.
3. Zoar Valley "12 Falls" (Cattaraugus, NY)
We already mentioned the great hiking at Zoar Valley, but it’s also home to the second-highest vertical cliffs in Western New York, coming in at 415 feet high. Zoar Valley is sometimes referred to as “12 Falls” because… well… there are 12 waterfalls in the area. Zoar Valley is rich in history – there was a trading post there in the 1800s and in the 1960s, it was a popular spot for camping and nude sunbathing. While camping is outlawed in the area today, many people still gather at the falls to catch some rays (clothing optional) in the summer months. If you’re planning a visit to any one of the 12 falls, be sure you do some research. There are a few waterfalls off of Cattaraugus Creek that are located on private property.
4. Akron Falls Park (44 Parkview Dr, Akron, NY 14001)
Venture to Akron Falls Park and you’ll almost feel like you’re in a new world! The falls are 45 feet tall and drop into a beautiful body of water full of moss-covered boulders and rocks. The area surrounding the falls is filled with dense forest and the rippling sounds from Murder Creek (ominous name, pretty place). To experience more of this park, head to its west side to view the dam and Parkview Drive bridge.
5. Scoby Dam (11024 Scoby Rd, Springville, NY 14141)
Although it's not a natural waterfall, the water flow off of Scoby Dam is just as impressive. Scoby Dam is a 38-foot hydro-electrolic dam located outside the Village of Springville a few minutes off of the 219. The dam was built in the 1920s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it's one of the more popular locations for steelhead trout fishing. If you want to check this local gem out, you might want to make plans this summer. A plan to lower the dam by 25 feet was approved last fall and work is expected to begin in the summer of 2018.
Where is your favorite waterfall in WNY? Share your favorite spots so we can check them out!