A Step at a Time-Eagle Cliff Falls in New York

McClure Creek plunges over Eagle Cliff Falls and then over a series of rocky shelves in a narrow, rocky canyon sprinkled with autumn leaves in Havana Glen Park outside of Montour Falls, New York.
McClure Creek plunges over Eagle Cliff Falls and then over a series of rocky shelves in a narrow, rocky canyon sprinkled with autumn leaves in Havana Glen Park outside of Montour Falls, New York.

There are many waterfalls to be found in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The geology of the area with an abundance of shale creates some impressive cliffs and canyons for the water to flow though. This fall was the first time I had visited the area.

Many of the waterfalls were right in town. I was surprised to find this waterfall right outside of the village of Montour Falls. It still took some time to actually get to it though. I had made the mistake (once again, you think I would learn!) of saving the GPS coordinates for the falls themselves to my Garmin, rather than the coordinates for the parking area. After driving right over the top of the falls and circling back, I stopped to figure out how to get to it. Fortunately, I had some documentation on my tablet that reminded me that the falls were in the Havana Glen Park & Campground.

The falls are tucked back in a narrow, rocky canyon. A trail follows McClure Creek up a series of metal steps before ending beside the creek in an opening surrounded by sheer rock walls. There you see Eagle Cliff Falls plunging from a notch in the hanging valley above. The highlight of the falls to me though was the way the creek steps over this rocky shelf and flows downstream. The two together make for a nice composition.

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