Explore the most popular birding trails in High Tor Wildlife Management Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This hike actually features two waterfalls. The second waterfall has some ropes that you can climb to the top. It looked like you could go further but we turned around there.

Hiked this trail while visiting NY from Baltimore with my husband and 9 y/o son. We all loved the terrain - very different from what we are used to hiking. We hiked up the creek until we got to the bridge and hiked back down on the steep dirt trail. We absolutely loved climbing the waterfalls. I definitely recommend this one! Wear waterproof shoes with a good grip and take bug spray!

Gotta read the signs to find the entrance. It's not just a driveway.

We made our way past the yellow gate into the South Access Entrance. Lovely, peaceful little hike that was not too challenging for the first 2-ish miles. The trail was clearly marked and easy to follow. Wetopped when we hit water just for time reasons. Might try to make it back for a longer trek next time.

My Route: Took the right trail up to the top of the gorge, looped around and back down. so the gully was on our left at all times. THEN walked the water into the gully, up the rope and back down.

My Review: 9/10. Map at the parking lot is confusing and trails are not marked other than blue. It's also difficult to start as it's straight up immediately. However, the water/creek trail is beautiful and there are many photo ops. Also, minimal garbage along trails!

My Advice: Your feet & butt will get wet, plan accordingly. If you have difficulty climbing over logs, rocks, etc. this isn't for you. Don't forget to stop and look up from time to time. The feeling of being g wrapped up in a gully is awe-inspiring.

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1 month ago

Can’t wait to go back- wore the wrong shoes for the “rock climbing part”! Great place for the whole family kids and dogs.

Walked the trail first. It was a workout. Went as far as the meadow at the top and came back down. Then walked the creek bed & up to multiple waterfalls. Did not go too far as the water became too deep. It was beautiful & challenging.
Bug spray is a must!

2 months ago

Great hike! The falls at the top are wonderful, with a nice shallow swimming hole at the bottom.

challenging and awesome. Will be back

Loved walking through the stream the whole way. Great place for kids to play in the creek, and then in the water hole at the end. Gorgeous water falls.

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2 months ago

Challenging hike to complete. Progressively more difficult the deeper you get. Not a long hike distance wise, but periods of uphill scrambling on all 4’s, super slippery waterfalls and sliding down a steep hill on your bum going from tree to tree for support. The trail is not clearly marked on some parts leaving you to seemingly go off piste. Not appropriate for dogs.

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2 months ago

Great scenic hike. Wear shoes you can confidently walk in water in tho. Only drawback was we did not.

Great sneaker creeking! We walked up the creek, which was flowing but not too fast, with 4 children (ages 4 to 9). We made it to the boy scout bridge. Some challenges of course! We then walked down the trail that looped around and didn't go near the water. Felt good about that choice as going down through the water could have been a bit treacherous! overall a great hike!

We hiked in the gorge up to the top. It was a hard hike, couple hard waterfall climbs. Luckily the water was low and not moving fast. Your feet will get wet.
You can climb up one side, cross and go down the other side. It’s a steep climb and descent but doable and fun!!

2 months ago

Trail is not marked the best, would like to explore further next time, otherwise fairly easy and enjoyable:)

Moderate physical difficulty, but the creek bed makes for a treacherous hike — lots of loose and wet rock, so make sure you are confident with your balance and footing before taking the creek bed trail. Impressive views of the rock faces really gave a unique hiking experience. Bring a change of socks for after the hike because your feet will get wet.

Back down, I took the trail on the right ridge of the gorge, which was a safer and faster option. Easy to follow and also provided excellent views of the gorge. Access it as you pass the bridge — you can see it on the map as the black dotted line on the northern side, paralleling the gorge. I enjoyed doing this ‘loop’ and would highly recommend doing both trails to get a change of scenery.

3 months ago

A fun scenic short hike. Very hot today and was refreshing to wade in the water.

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3 months ago

Loved this! Wore flip flops and was fine but I wish I had my keen water shoes that have straps. Walking in the water was the best part on this hot day. There is a “pool” at the second waterfall and it is worth wearing your bathing suit!

Beautiful hike but didn't make it all the way. The bugs became horrendous. We followed the creek up past the bridge then turned around and took trail from bridge back to parking lot. I would start earlier in the day when it's cooler.

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3 months ago

My go-to hike when visiting Canandaigua. Brings me back to my roots.

My favorite hike in the Finger Lakes. Plenty challenging with great views.

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3 months ago

Great gully, the stream down below was really fun to explore:D

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3 months ago

Short hike with amazing views. Your feet will get wet. There are a few trees down that make it a little more challenging to get to the 2nd waterfall but not impossible.

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3 months ago

I t is extremely difficult to find a stay on a land trail. The route is not hard, just hard to find, as there is minimal maintenance there. If you want to hike in the water it was easier.

Probably my favorite trail in the western New York area. It's a good challenge, fun, and beautiful. It took two tries to get through the whole trail, but well worth it.

Great hike

Awesome hike and very rewarding. If you follow the gully the whole way it can be tricky at points, especially on the way down. 5/5 recommend, I can’t wait to hike it again.

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4 months ago

Great hike, saw a 4" Polyphemus moth which blended well with the leaves. There was also a peaceful pond with harmonious frogs that had a bench dedicated to the Finger Lakes Founder.

Not really a loop, but great hike.

4 months ago

Very challenging. The trail to get to the falls was washed away (a lot of rain had happened when I went week before last) so I had walked along the river, there is a HUGE dam of trees currently before the second falls, climbed over thinking the water would be just as shallow on the other side and ended up in chest deep water. The second falls were beautiful though.

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