14 Gorgeous Frozen Waterfalls In New York That Must Be Seen To Be Believed
New York is known for having a plethora of waterfalls, many of which you can view even during our most freezing weather. Don’t let the weather of winter in New York stop you from enjoying an adventure! While some of our state parks close for the winter, below you’ll find 14 gorgeous frozen
waterfalls in New York that you can still take a trip to during our colder months.
1. Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls State Park, 1740 Taughannock Blvd, Trumansburg, NY 14886, USA
Go to the south end of Cayuga Lake and you'll discover several entrances to
Taughannock Falls State Park
. The main attraction of this state park is Taughannock Falls, a 215-foot waterfall that's absolutely breathtaking. The park is open all year, including the Gorge Trail which will lead you directly to the falls. If you aren't interested in hiking you can always enjoy the waterfall from the overlook area within the park.
Come along on a winter walk to these lovely falls:
2. Buttermilk Falls
Considering there are a few falls in New York called Buttermilk Falls, let me specify that the one you can see above is our Buttermilk Falls of
. With a parking area right off North Point Road, you'll take a roughly five-minute walk to the falls. During the winter the short trail serves as a great place to enjoy a quick hike or you can take an easy snow-shoeing adventure.
3. American Falls
Just recently receiving a $4 million dollar makeover to their light display, New York's American Falls is now more beautiful than ever. During select dates in December and January, you can see the falls lit up at night along with a firework display. New York's side of Niagara Falls can be experienced all year long from
Niagara Falls State Park
, if you've yet to take a trip here during the winter you'll love seeing the enormous chunks of frozen water that you'll find at the base of the falls.
See these stunning falls in the winter:
4. Bridal Veil Falls
Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA
Another piece of New York's side of Niagara Falls,
Bridal Veil Falls
is the smallest of the three waterfalls. Separated from the American Falls by Luna Island, the waterfall is nearly 60 feet wide with over a 180-foot vertical drop. If you decide to take on the adventure of experiencing the Cave of the Winds, the tour will bring you right to the base of Bridal Veil Falls.
5. Ithaca Falls
Just one of the many waterfalls you'll find in the
city of Ithaca
, Ithaca Falls is the most powerful and spectacular waterfall you'll find in this area. 150 feet tall and 175 feet wide, visitors can explore a short trail down to the falls that are open all year long.
6. Mountainside Icicles along the New York State Thruway
You can find waterfalls all over New York! During the winter those who are traveling along the
New York State Thruway
can see frozen icicles and waterfalls all on the mountainside.
7. Cohoes Falls
Cohoes Falls View Park
is only open to visitors from May until October, you can still view the falls while you're driving along North Mohawk Street or from the Overlook Park off School Street. The falls are 90 feet in height but span across 1,000 feet, making for an unbelievable view. Right on the Mohawk River, the falls are shared by both the city of Cohoes and the town of Waterford.
Get a closer look at Cohoes Falls in winter:
8. Watkins Glen State Park
1009 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, USA
While we frequently feature
Watkins Glen State Park's
beautiful Gorge Trail that allows you to see nineteen waterfalls over a 2-mile trail, during the winter this particular trail is closed to visitors. Come during the colder season and you can still adventure through the South Rim and Indian trails that are open and allow you to see the beauty of one of our most popular state parks.
9. High Falls Gorge
4761 NY-86, Wilmington, NY 12997, USA
A park that's basically heaven on earth,
High Falls Gorge
in Wilmington is open seasonally during the winter to let you explore this magnificent winter wonderland. The privately owned nature park features bridges with glass platforms that allow you to see what's right beneath your feet as well as nature trails that you can explore with snowshoes during the winter. High Falls Gorge offers snowshoe rentals and has a campfire and marshmallow roasting on the weekends!
10. Awosting Falls
Head down to the Catskills to explore Minnewaska State Park where you can view
. Open every day all year long, there's a trail that will lead you directly to this 65-foot-tall waterfall.
11. Chittenango Falls
Chittenango Falls, Fenner, NY 13037, USA
Another beautiful state park to visit that's open all year,
in Cazenovia can be viewed only from the top of the falls during winter. The trail that leads down to the viewing bridge is closed during the winter because of its icy and unsafe conditions. Those who still want to see the 167-foot waterfall can enjoy the view from the top until things warm up.
12. Hector Falls
Out on Seneca Lake, Hector Falls cascades down over 250 feet and can be viewed all throughout the year. Just minutes away from Watkins Glen, the extraordinary waterfall is recorded as being a total of 165 feet tall and can be seen from Middle Road in
Hector, New York
13. Kaaterskill Falls
12436, Haines Falls, NY 12436, USA
Right off of the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, the trailhead to
can be seen right off of Route 23A. A half-mile hike that begins with the stunning Bastion Falls and follows Kaaterskill Creek, at 260 feet tall you won't regret taking a trip to one of New York's largest waterfalls no matter what time of year it is.
14. Middle Falls
Middle Falls, NY 12834, USA
Letchworth State Park
features three major waterfalls, the largest one being Middle Falls. In the town of Castile, Middle Falls can be found along the Genesee River coming in at just over 100 feet tall.
Do you have any favorite frozen waterfalls in New York to visit during our frigid season? If you love taking adventures to scenic places like this, bundle up with some
good winter gear and check out these fun things to do in winter in New York.
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