Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Natural Wonders of Finger Lakes Wine Country: Shequaga Falls

Named after Queen Catherine Montour of the Seneca tribe, Montour Falls, NY is host to one of the Finger Lakes most breathtaking waterfalls.  Nestled on the western edge of town behind a few small houses, you can find the Shequaga Falls; a “waterfall mecca” tucked into 300 foot high limestone cliffs.

Created by glaciers more than 18,000 years ago, Shequaga Falls, pronounced She-qua-ga, are 154 feet of “frothy cascading” water.  Beginning at an arch bridge above, the falls fan out, plummeting in various degrees, into a small, shallow pool below.  Being named after the Seneca word for “tumbling waters”, the falls can be seen illuminated at night, giving one of the most amazing views of this natural wonder set in one of the most beautiful small towns in all of New York State. 

The falls are free to the public and host a variety of beginner trails that are easily accessible.  Open year round from dawn until dusk, you can find it just off of Route 14 West of Montour Falls.

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