During an arid summer, some of these creeks and rivers have very little volume, leaving their rock beds exposed. While that presents an interesting scene all its own, visiting after heavy rains makes for a spectacular, multi-sensory experience.
When raging torrents flow over their banks and brinks, it is a stark reminder of the immense power of water. Beware, there is the potential for land devastation and issues with personal safety—always proceed with caution.
Creeks & Rivers
Gorge Trails Closed in Winter
Though not a gorge, Holley Falls dries up when the Erie Canal is drained for the winter. The East Branch Sandy Creek flows through this park as well, flowing out under the canal on its way north to Hamlin, emptying into Lake Ontario.
A few more places to explore after heavy rains:
- Indian Falls
- Akron Falls
- Wolcott Falls
- Densmore Falls
- Montour Falls
- Shequaga Falls
- Chittenango State Park
- Devil’s Hole State Park
- Robert H. Treman State Park
- Eagle Cliff Falls, Havana Glen
Water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway, or simply any waterway suitable for kayaks and small motorized watercraft.