Carpenter Falls (3 falls)

MODERATE 64 reviews

Carpenter Falls (3 falls) is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moravia, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.1 miles
193 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers

13 days ago

Trail is well marked up and down on the Appletree Rd side of the water ... if you go up or down the other side be prepared, difficulty increases significantly around the lower falls areas .... slippery, steep, not well marked. Great hike no matter how you attack it, just be careful.

2 months ago

I visit Carpenter Falls all the time and it is always a great experience. It is a short hike, I would just recommend being cautious if you plan on following the trail down behind the falls as it is steep and can be slippery since the falls keep the trail fairly wet. At the trail head there is an option to take a right instead of a left, which takes you to another falls, which I believe are called Angel Falls, and even farther down it comes out right at Skaneateles Lake. This trail however isn't clearly marked and it is fairly difficult to get down to the other falls since you have to climb down the ravine. It is definitely worth it, however, just make sure you are wearing proper footwear, for both falls.

2 months ago

We liked this hike for a quick, short yet beautiful walk!

2 months ago

One of the coolest waterfalls around. There are no safety rails or guard rails you can get right up under the falls. The main fall is only about a 5 min walk from where you park. Easy hike but steep in parts so be careful. The other trails are not marked clearly and the All Trails map is close but not exact. This is more just state land with public access than a park. Be careful not to to get lost. With all that being said, Carpenters falls is one of the few places left without a ton of safety measures. It’s been kept mostly natural with minimal human interference. It’s very cool I highly recommend taking the trip. There’s not too many places like this left where you can get right under the falls.

7 months ago

This isn't really a loop. It's a down-and-back trail. There's a point where you can go down (which is where it starts to "loop") to the river, but you have to walk along the river the rest of the way, which really isn't easy. Would probably be fine in the summer in sandals when you could walk in the water. But if you're trying to keep your feet dry, I wouldn't recommend trying to do the "loop."

8 months ago

This trail is quite the scramble once you get near the bigger falls. Going behind the waterfall was nice treat. Lots of people out on this trail today despite the cool weather and dark clouds. We were going walk to Lake Skaneateles but ran out of daylight due to the pending rain.

8 months ago

Lots of traffic on warm days , though overall a very beautiful hike . The falls are gorgeous and the trail out to the preserve pops out at Skaneateles Lake . Not a very long hike but still fairly challenging .

8 months ago

Beautiful hike! From the map a quick hike to the falls then back and off towards the lake where it joins the Bag at Nature preserve. Beautiful hike!

9 months ago

Beautiful hike with small amount of foot traffic. As others have noted, there is quite a steep hill to get to the falls. It can be very slippery. The falls are beautiful and worth the adventure.

11 months ago

Don't miss the small trail section that takes you behind the waterfall.

11 months ago

really a good hike took my daughter and we had a great time

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Short trail, but the waterfall is beautiful!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

great outing with my family!! challenging if you go off trail!!

Monday, May 01, 2017

a steeps way down

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

very beautiful

Monday, January 16, 2017

Taking a left when you enter this trail leads to the closest fall, it's so beautiful! I brought my mom who has back problems and immediately regretted it because there are some very narrow paths that can be very dangerous if you lose footing. The right path brings you through beautiful woods far above a river that flows below to the left. It's one of my favorite walks

Monday, October 24, 2016

Beautiful trail but can be slippery in some steep spots. Well marked and easy to follow. One of the top three falls in CNY area.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Great hike well maintained and trail markers are very clear. there are some off trail areas you can use to get to waterfalls but the are very steep and you should have proper shoes for those.

Friday, September 09, 2016

I loved this hike and the waterfall!! it was a very well maintained trail and very well marked.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Good hike, steep but doable.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

The falls are beautiful. One section of the trail was quite a work out.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Carpenter Falls is such a beautiful location. To get to the falls, you have to go down steep slopes. But fortunately, there are many branches sticking out of the ground to help you go down those slopes. I was only able to find two of the waterfalls sadly but, I'll definitely go again and look for the third.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bring water

Monday, June 13, 2016

I love this place. I go there at least 3-4 times a summer. The easiest way that I take down to the bottom of the waterfall is by rappelling. The hike straight up grabbing one tree root after another to rappel again.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

One of my all time favorite! There is one section that, to get down to the water, you have to climb down a pretty steep decline. However, it's doable.

Friday, May 27, 2016

This was one of my most favorite hikes ever!! I followed the stream all the way down. It was tough at parts but my dog got through almost everything. There are 3 large falls and several very good sized cascades. We took the trail back up. Nothing man made in sight! Just a trail through the woods.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Great time with the lady and doggy. Short hike, but the view of the waterfall on one end and the lake at another are great.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fun but short hike.

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