Carpenter Falls (3 falls)

MODERATE 106 reviews

Carpenter Falls (3 falls) is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marietta, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 193 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

off trail

This trail is slightly complicated. Part of the path is off trail and you will have to walk in the creek as there are no sides along it. Views are amazing but there is some dangerous climbing. Hikers mentioned that the other waterfalls are tedious and steep.

hiking
2 months ago

On Fort Drum Military Ruck March.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Trail down to the falls is nice but bring hiking poles, the journey down to the water is very steep and very slippy. I lost my footing once or twice. Definitely worth the descent, the falls are amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail that leads to Preserve land down to Skaneateles lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this hike. Get adventurous halfway down the trail and head down to the water -very steep, but very rewarding. Hit Carpenter Falls after the loop as a nice place to sit and enjoy.

hiking
bugs
muddy
scramble
6 months ago

Very steep! Areas that are treacherous so be sure someone knows where you are! But with some bravery the views are spectacular! Was a bit muddy at parts. Took the trail to the lake too and got caught in a downpour but it was a relief from the warmth and humidity! I did this trail about 3 weeks ago FYI in mid June 2019.

hiking
bugs
off trail
6 months ago

Great trail. There is a giant waterfall 5mins from the parking lot. From that fall you can take the gully down to several other waterfalls. There are ropes where you can descend at each of the waterfalls. At the end there is a waterfall that is at least 30 feet tall. You cannot go down anymore from here but you can climb up the side of the gully using the tree roots to take you back onto the main white trail. You can follow the white trail to the lake as well. Nice quick hike!

hiking
muddy
private property
scramble
washed out
7 months ago

The main trail is pretty moderate and short, but if you want to see the falls, you’ll h e to scramble down some muddy hills. I went alone so I didn’t test my luck and walk the creek. I just scrambled down the first hill to the main falls, and then the second. I’m not sure where that third waterfall is. Some parts of the trail isn’t well kept, but that’s fine. With older shoes I slid a bit down the hills to see he falls, so make sure you have adequate tread and ankle support. There are many roots to hold onto on your way down. It was a fun hike - I’ll have to go back with better shoes (bring an extra pair that you can keep dry!) and friends to try the creek walk to find that third set of falls. When I took the main trail it ended up between homes on a private drive, and even though you end up at the lake, you’re not allowed to swim in the water which is unfortunate.

bugs
muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Essentially corroborating Sarah's review just below mine; the trail is fun, but highly tiring and unexpectedly difficult to the point I'd categorize it as Hard. Very steep down into the creek, and moving through the creek itself (if you choose to take it on) is slow going; but the most harrowing is the climb out of the falls. You'll eventually find falls that are way to high to descend, so you have to climb a small outcropping on the right side and climb using a rope tied to two different trees. Fun trail, but not for the faint of heart!

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was slightly complicated because there really isn’t a loop trail. Basically there’s no trail once you get to the upper waterfall. As far as I could tell, the rest of the “trail” to the other waterfalls is just walking down the creek, which you have to walk in it because there are no sides along it. The rocks are pretty slippery so it makes walking in it very difficult. You can go the opposite direction at the trail head and it’ll lead you down the rest of the trail but there is no access to the creek and other waterfalls unless you go off trail and down the incredibly steep and slippery embankment which can be very dangerous. The upper waterfall was quite amazing to see but unless you plan on getting wet or doing a lot of dangerous climbing, I would suggest just doing the part to the first waterfall as just an in and back hike and then hiking the regular trail the opposite way. I did go off trail and I found one of the other waterfalls but it was a long tedious hike down and steep exhausting hike back out. The waterfall was amazing though! I probably will come back but just to do an easy hike to the first waterfall only! My recording kept shutting off for some reason so my map recording is all over the place

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Nice hike down to the lake. Very steep to try to get good views of the falls, so be careful, but the main trail is fine.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Sun Nov 04 2018

beautiful waterfalls

Sun Jul 22 2018

Depends on if you stick to trails or go down the stream. Stream is very slippery, but a blast to go through

hiking
Mon Jul 02 2018

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.

hiking
Tue May 08 2018

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.

Fri May 04 2018

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

hiking
Wed Apr 25 2018

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.

Sat Nov 25 2017

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."

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