Salmon River Falls -Lower Dam Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Salmon River Falls -Lower Dam Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Richland, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
137 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running





wild flowers




over grown


14 days ago

great place to go on a hot day!

28 days ago

Beautiful waterfall with a few trails to choose from. Brought the kids (5&9) and the dog, all managed fine with a bit of mud for memories. We will be back to explore the other trails around the falls.

30 days ago

Lovely easy hike. Huge steps to the bottom of the falls. Took the legion of doom (8,6,5,3 year olds) and they were able to navigate the steps down to the base. Lots of fun critters (snakes, fish, frogs). Was busy but a good quick walk out. Will do again!

1 month ago

1 month ago

nice easy trail, took my 2 & 4 year old boys. Great view of the falls either trail you take.

2 months ago

2 months ago

I've been coming out here for about 5 years now. It's a great quick stop with incredible views. If you're short on time, but want great views to take countless pictures of, then this is it. There's a rim trail and a gorge trail (which is usually closed during the winter months). The rim trail is accessible throughout the year... we've been in all seasons.

The falls are beautiful and tall. They look phenomenal in any season. The gorge trail takes you right to the bottom of the falls. There's no swimming signs posted, but people regularly swim there. We were able to swim out and jump into the water from directly behind the falls. It was really fun.

The rim trail leads to a stairway that takes you right down to the Salmon River at the top of the falls. There's plenty of flat rock that you can walk on. Be very careful at the top because there are no railings or barriers. You can walk right to the edge of the falls.

The trail itself is easily accessible for kids and dogs. There's virtually no incline (unless you follow the gorge trail) except for the stairway to the river. There's also a couple of lookouts along the rim trail. I gave this 5 stars because of the sheer beauty and freedom to roam. It never gets old.

3 months ago

This is a nice short walk. Falls are just down from the parking area and easy to get to. Definitely worth a stop. For full review and pictures, visit us at

6 months ago

it was a decent hike and the falls was one of the nicest ones I have been to locally

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11 months ago

Nice hike. Bugs not bad.

11 months ago

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

This one should be called Salmon River Falls. Good hike from the parking lot to the dam. Got to see the falls, which was really awesome. Loved the gorge trail, made it that much more interesting. If you're just going to see the falls then the trail is paved so don't need special shoes. if you want to go to the dam, hiking boots recommended, as you have cross a few streams to continue.

Friday, June 29, 2012