Barnes Creek Three Falls Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

MODERATE 58 reviews

Barnes Creek Three Falls Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canandaigua, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 216 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips










private property

no dogs

This is a nice trail that largely overlaps the “Upland Trail” in the same park. While they are both nice, I recommend the Upland since it’s longer & this one has a long section at the start, before the loop, where you’re just walking across a big lawn between rental cabins. It’s a little confusing right now because the current AllTrails map of the Upland Trail is not accurate. That map is basically an out-and-back in the gully itself, which includes 3 waterfalls; if you hike the map currently shown here, you’ll see several “Upland” signs, & you never actually enter the gully. My recording of the Upland Trail is accurate as per the official signs. I’m going to let AllTrails know about this. If anyone else could also chime in hopefully they’ll correct it.

2 months ago

Good trail, we went when there was good water flow in July. Left a 5 star detailed review under Onanda.

8 months ago

Good little trail. Suitable for all.

10 months ago

Took the standard trails in the park to start with, then followed the creekbed up through the falls. The standard trails are pretty easy. The creek bed was fun. Climbing the falls took a bit of work, especially the upper falls. Did end up going through private property after getting above upper falls, so wouldn't suggest going much further than the falls. Beautiful views in some areas.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The stream was dried up and there were a ton of bugs :(

Friday, June 15, 2018

Barnes trail is also known as Onanda Park. Awesome trail, nice waterfalls with ropes for climbing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

awesome. sure to return

Monday, May 14, 2018

A decent hike for sure but the vantage points for the falls were just so-so. I would consider going again but if you are going for the falls, there are better locations.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Beautiful trail that we did in early November... Cloudy, sprinkling snow and temps around 30... Beautiful scenery with stunning falls viewed from look-out decks high above the bluffs... View of Canandaigua Lake, too!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

This was a nice relatively quick hike up the creek bed. From my understanding the creek bed is on private property, but there was really not any signs posting so when I went. So I just went all the way up the creek bed. The first waterfall is pretty close to the start and looks kind of like a water slide. You use ropes that are already there to aid climbing up. Not too far past that is the second waterfall. To the left of it are ropes to aid you climb up a very steep portion. Not to worry!! There are many hand and feet holds to aid as you climb. I continued up through nice stream bed and some cool water formations. There were quite a few frogs the further up toward Seneca Point Road that I got. It will eventually split, to the left is a big culvert. To the right is a bit longer, but has some cool rock/water formations. Ultimately ending at a culvert as well. I HIGHLY SUGGEST bringing water shoes so that you can wade through the creek. The cool water get very nice on my feet on the 80 degree day of which I went.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A moderate trail to walk on through wooded areas.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

nice easy trail to hike or run

Saturday, November 05, 2016

difficult to find the trail at first.....but mostly because of the fallen leaves, which made it pretty slippery... but the waterfalls were totally worth it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

lots of fun remember keep going to get to the good part

Friday, August 26, 2016

Great for kids with water shoes!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Great hike. Dangerous and slip hazard. Taking a dog is not a great plan. Other than that, great for older kids! Amazing waterfalls!!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This was a pretty nice hike. There was some climbing involved but nothing that felt sketchy as there were always good foot and hand holds or ropes to get you up. My one complaint is that it was short; you run into private property pretty early on and while I did hike some ways up this I eventually turned back because of how many signs there were. The water was low when I went so it was really easy to hike right up the creek bed, and with boots you can easily stay dry. I'd recommend this if you're looking for a quick gully hike, or as a great cap on a day of hiking if you go to one of the nearby trails first and finish with this one (Conklin Gully or Grimes Glen.)

Monday, June 08, 2015

Beautiful and Adventurous.

Friday, September 26, 2014

I didn't use the trails, I just hiked the creek bed ignoring the "private property"signs, If you stick to the creek bed I think you'll be fine however I would advise wearing reflective clothing during hunting season, otherwise stay in the park boundaries. I quite enjoyed walking in the water, I suggest water shoes so you can just enjoy yourself and not worry about getting shoes/socks wet. I followed the creek bed up to the culverts at Seneca road. You'll come to a fork, if you take the left one you'll see a giant granite cube where water from a culvert dumps into from above, if you climb up and over this granite block there's a bee farm just to the left on Seneca Road, I saw some bottles of honey for sale which felt like a prize to me. Taking a right at the fork will take you to another culvert with some nice creek bed areas along the way. I saw lots of frogs and shrimp? once past the private property signs. At the second waterfall, it looks formidable to climb, but it's really not that bad. Just use the roots of the tree to climb up, at the top there's a narrow path that leads around the fall. I wouldn't do it with a dog or something, but if you're in reasonable health it's not as dangerous as it looks from the ground. Hope this is helpful to people :).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Such a beautiful place to hike! My friends and I really enjoyed it. We climbed 2 of the falls and reached the 3rd. An amazing experience for sure! Can be a little slippery in places (as to be expected) so just take caution.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Used the rope to pull myself nearly to the top...didn't make it all the way up via the falls because I was slipping, but it felt great to get as far as I did! Beautiful park.

Friday, July 12, 2013

My friends and I climbed to the top fall and it was a blast! Just be careful! I had to admit I was laughing at the rope they had there, which looked like bailing twine, that you DO rely on when climbing!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A comfortable place I know well! Often traveled; many paths.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's a great trail...well it's better if you walk the water way instead of the trail. It was way more scenic down there. It was a great walk.

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