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Cathedral Rock Fire Tower

The fire tower at Cathedral Rock is located in the James F. Dubuar Memorial Forest, which is on the SUNY ESF Ranger School property in the picturesque Adirondack community of Wanakena. The fire tower was originally on nearby Tooley Pond Mountain, taken down in 1970 and reassembled at Cathedral Rock. From the parking lots of the Ranger School, you can follow the white blazed Latham Trail to the fire tower. The trail is about 1 mile long, with the trail pretty level for the first 0.8 miles, then it gets steep for the last 0.2 miles. There are some big cliffs along with a few switchbacks near the top of the hill, so like with many Adirondack hikes, you have varying levels of terrain to work with. There is only about a 200 foot increase in elevation from the trailhead to the 1725 foot summit at Cathedral Rock, making it one of the easier hikes in the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge. At the summit there is a small covered picnic area, which is also good if you get caught up in rain. The v…
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Carpenter Falls

Not far from the western shoreline of Skaneateles Lake is the 90 foot tall Carpenter Falls. Located in the Bahar Preserve not far from NY Route 41A in eastern Cayuga County, getting to Carpenter Falls is a quick jaunt of 1/10 mile from the parking lot at the junction of Appletree Point and Carver Roads. This is also a parking lot for the Bahar Preserve, which follows a trail called the Old Jug Path down about 400 feet in elevation past some smaller waterfalls on its way to the shores of Skaneateles Lake. When you hike the short trail down to the falls, you will be rewarded with the sights of Bear Swamp Creek plunging over the rocks that makes up the base of the dramatic Carpenter Falls. There are paths to check out the falls from the top, or for a somewhat steep descent down to the bottom of the falls.









Sources and Links:
CNY Hiking - Carpenter Falls & Ravine
NYFalls - Carpenter Falls & Bahar Preserve
Finger Lakes Land Trust - Bahar Preserve & Carpenter Falls

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Palmyra-Macedon Aqueduct Park

The Palmyra-Macedon Aqueduct Park, or the Pal-Mac Aqueduct Park for short, is a county park just west of historic Palmyra, New York that features remnants from the days of yore from the heyday of the Erie Canal. The main features of the park is a spillway that is still used to moderate the nearby successor to the Erie Canal, that being the Barge Canal, as well as the Mud Creek Aqueduct and the historic Aldrich Change Bridge. The Erie Canalway Trail runs through the park, and along with the historical and recreational opportunities afforded within the boundaries of the park, there is a pavilion on site for people to have picnics.






Sources and Links:
Wayne County - Palmyra Aqueduct Park
NYFalls - Palmyra-Macedon Aqueduct Park
The Erie Canal - Aldrich Change Bridge
The Erie Canal - Macedon and Palmyra
Cycle the Erie Canal - Lockport to Lyons

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Burrville Cider Mill Falls

Burrville Cider Mill Falls may be the tastiest waterfall around. Located on the grounds of Burrville Cider Mill just outside of Watertown, the waterfall is located next to the historic Burrville Cider Mill. Originally built in 1801, the mill is one of the oldest buildings in Jefferson County. The mill used to be a sawmill and gristmill, but was converted to a cider mill in 1948. The 30 foot tall waterfall is located on Jacobs Creek behind the mill, but you can see the waterfall from a deck on the side of the mill or from the bridge on nearby Plank Road. The deck is on private property, but access is granted by the owners of the cider mill. There can be some low flow with the waterfall during the summer months, but it can be pretty during the fall or after a steady rain. So grab yourself a cup a cider or a doughnut and come see the waterfall!





Sources and Links:
Northern New York Waterfalls - Burrville Cider Mill Falls
Dig The Falls - Burrville Falls at Burrville Cider Mill
Burrville Ci…

Owls Head Mountain in Long Lake

One of several mountains in the Adirondacks named Owls Head Mountain, this particular Owls Head Mountain is located just outside of Long Lake. There are four separate summits to the mountain, and that gives Owls Head Mountain the appearance of looking like an owl, which is how the mountain got its name. From the trailhead on Endion Road, just west of NY Route 30, it is a 3.1 mile hike to the fire tower at the summit. For the first couple of miles, the hike is a relatively easy go, with some gradual hills. The last mile is more of a steep climb over plenty of rocks. There are the remains of an observer's cabin around the col towards the summit as well. Once at the summit, you are treated with some stunning views, both on the ground and up the fire tower as well. The fire tower is part of the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge. Views of Long Lake and Blue Mountain can be seen from the cliffs, whereas climbing the fire tower gives you commanding views around the central Adirondacks.