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Lowville, New York Map
paddle sports
13 days ago

Great place for water sports, however... the area the map shows a a put-in point is no longer accessible. The previous owners were kind enough to let people launch from their private beach. The new owners do not allow you to launch from their beach. There is one spot near the damn on the opposite side of the lake that is accessible (ish). You have to carry your boat down a very steep single track trail about 50 meters. We did see signs for another public access spot, but the road to it was gated and locked. This was a nice quite place to kayak and it looks like the locals want to keep it that way.

was fun trip with family even carried an 18 month old in a pack without a problem

Great short hike. Water running fast because of recent rains. Beautiful camping park

It’s not a very long hike but it is a beautiful place.

nice walk along the river. nice waterfall.and a few smaller ones upstream. there are stairs to bring you down to river. follow first waterfalls sign once in park. will lead you to stairs. second waterfalls sign leads to a dead end trail

scenic driving
2 months ago

It’s okay, small waterfalls but peaceful to walk along.

We just moved here from Colorado (and yes, we’re spoiled rotten), so we can only give 4 stars because the views are really really nice, but not the awe inspiring vistas you get out West. The waterfall and the little mini-gorge it sits in area nice reward at the end of a hot 4th of July hike (90+ degrees and humid)...gotta give props to the hikers that can still have fun when they’re just big bags of sweat :)
Good tree coverage throughout killed the breeze but saved us from baking in the mid-day sun.
Don’t miss the beaver pond about a mile in...you can see the lodge about 120 meters from the bridge.
Not many critters other than chippies, but did see a couple of small friendly snakes.
Might be muddier after a rain but we didn’t have any problem keeping our feet clean — thanks to the folks that laid boards or branches.
It was a little buggy, but they were mostly the buzzy kind not the bitey kind.
The drive to the trail head? No challenge at all for a high clearance vehicle, slow down for potholes in a sedan.
Happy Birthday America!

Great trail. My fusion hybrid made it just fine down the road. There are a lot of other trails on the way as well. Beautiful views and a great hike.

5 months ago

Nice for a short walk. Beautiful, but due to no trespassing signs you can't get down below the falls.

always great when I go.
they are closed from mid sept to mid may.

10 months ago

Pretty pond with view from the lean to,clean and easy to follow if you look for the turn sign to go left after you begin. Just so peaceful.

Awesome trail! Not sure I would take a car on Beach Mill Road to get to the trail head. It's a good 3 mile drive in. Lots of pot holes and water holes. Trail is easy to find. We worried about hunters as muzzleloading season opened yesterday (and had a large dog with us). Didn't run into any. A couple little camp site areas on the way. And note when you get to the falls to keep walking. There are more falls ahead! We turned around when we got to the flatland water. Great trail for dogs with some water areas for them to drink. Or play :). There is a sign in book further away from the trail head. Trail is totally covered in leaves so a bit slippery in areas. Ran into a few people on our way in with their dog and one on our way out. Also noticed off beach mill road a few extra trails that we didn't realize Cleveland lake, Payne & procession if I recall) and will look into doing next time. Very beautiful and worth while!! A few "steep" areas but nothing close to a high peak. We didn't have an issue with bugs as it was humid yesterday. Totally worth doing!!

11 months ago

I don't know why anyone would give this trail less than five stars. I loved it. No traffic noise, waterfalls at the end of the trail, and total solitude. I am definitely going back.

Great trail!! Try steep but doable with children ! Great for a short hike with pretty views !

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Not much to it but it is beautiful

Monday, June 26, 2017

Very beautiful trail! Good for beginners, I brought my wife and my dog and everyone had a great time. My only complaint will be that in some areas the trail was hard to find. The hike can take as long as you want it too. There is a nice area next to the falls where you can sit and hangout and possibly have a meal. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Great hike. We did this in October and we're the only ones in the park. We walked upstream to the headwaters and followed the riverbank. Greeted by curious chickadees and gurgling water, it was a perfect day hike. The falls were really moving from the recent rainfall and we'd like to return in later summer to see the falls up close when the flow has subsided. Bring your camera. The vista of the Tug Hill region from the park's open field is beautiful!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Me, my son and my 6 year old daughter were here last year. It's a bit out of the way, but definitely worth the search.

We were here during a drought so the water was quite low, but still flowing decently. There's no railings and to get to the lower falls, you have to scramble over the rocks. It's really not that bad... my 6 year old did it with me, but I wouldn't recommend for kids much younger.

The main falls are not very big, but they are shaped nicely. You can stand on either side of the falls since there's no designated path. You can also get right next to the water from the bottom as well. There is also a lower falls that is maybe 20 feet tall and the only way beyond that point is to climb down rocks and brush. Not too much to hold on to at that point anyway. This was our stopping point.

Overall, this is a very nice and fairly secluded spot that's not overwhelmingly busy. We were there in June and only saw a handful of other people. I'm not sure how high the water gets, but we had plenty of flat rock to walk along. Also, once yo get to the stream from the parking area, the falls are to the left. We went the wrong way when we were there and had to backtrack because there are no signs.

on Gleasmans Falls Trail

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Trail can be tricky to find, down a long, single lane dirt road. But there are adequate signs to indicate Beach Mill Rd, and it dead ends at the trail head. My Honda mini van handled it without issue, though there were places I had to creep. There are no signs for Gleasman Falls, the trail head sign indicates 2.6 miles to Independance River (where the falls are) or you can continue on to Panther Pond (9.3 miles). We hiked with two adults and 5 kids, aged 9 to 2. The trail is easy enough to follow that the 6 yr olds were often ahead out of site with no problem. There are several small streams to cross, where sneakers were tricky and some of the kids needed to be carried over, but a good pair of hiking boots was adequate for all we crossed. The 4 year old walked all the way in and was carried out, the 2 year old walked 1/3 of the trail in and was carried out. We averaged a stroll pace with little legs and about 40 minute break at the falls, for a 5 hr total hike. Remote enough to be an adventure, easy to follow and find the trail so it was comfortably safe for the littles. I can't speak to the bugs, as we went on 11/18/16, and there were no bugs. We did see some hunters, but had no issue as we planned ahead and were wearing bright safe clothing. We had a nice visit with them on the way out.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This was a great hike! Perfect for a quick 2.5 hour (round trip; 5.2 miles total) hike. The falls at the end of the hike are so worth it and looking forward to visiting them again. The hike was very easy with a handful of small hills.

Monday, October 10, 2016

This seems to be a hidden gem about 20 min from Lowville. The trail is about 6-7 miles, but not difficult. The falls at the end are worth getting to in what seems to be the middle of nowhere. I caution anyone without an SUV or truck: there are ~3 miles of almost one-way dirt road to get to trailhead parking. You might also run into riders on horses in the way, so be careful and courteous! I plan on bringing our dog here when she's a little older. There is a bridge with small gaps in the woodwork that furry friend paws might get stuck in, but otherwise, I think the trail should be good for dogs.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Easy walk with changing scenery along the way. Look just off the trail for interesting mushrooms growing on fallen trees, and salamanders among the leaf litter. The falls are nice too.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The road to the trailhead was not nearly as bad as previous reviews make it seem. I made it back fine in a car the day after a big rain. Just take it slow and use your head. Trailhead was easy to find. No specific sign for the falls but it's the obvious trail leading out of the lot. The hike itself was nice. Not too hard not too easy. Falls were great. Make sure you keep hiking the trail to the top of the falls and don't turn back too soon. Little campsite towards the top is a great shady place to stop for lunch but keep going there's more falls! My favorite part of this hike was that I did not see a single piece of trash on the trail. Keep up the good work!

paddle sports
Monday, September 12, 2016

we had a great time the launch and parking could use some work but it was a great place to go canoeing and we even caught some nice fish to

Monday, September 12, 2016

I may have gone a little off trail but that is still a beautiful area to hike!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Lengthy trail but worth it when you hear the falls!!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great trail. Was fortunate enough to avoid bugs because the morning was cool.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Beautiful hidden gem. In either direction there are falls... we ventured to the furthest one down, passed the middle falls twice, then decided to backtrack and go up past the TH (stairs/railings) and were greeted by other little falls... it was pretty quiet. There is camping at the park (it's Trust maintained, not State owned) for fairly cheap.. I believe it was $8 for tent? Nice little park. We will be back to camp in the future. :)

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Nice little hike with a beautiful view of the falls at the end

Thursday, January 07, 2016


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