Cohoes Falls, Falls View Park, Cohoes

Cohoes Falls Mohawk for "Canoe Falls"Mohawk] is a waterfall on the Mohawk River shared by the city of Cohoes and the town of Waterford, New York, United States. Discovered by the indigenous people, the falls were called Ga-ha-oose or Ga-ho'n'-yoos by the Mohawks, which is believed to mean "The Place of the Falling Canoe." Cohoes historian Arthur Masten wrote in his 1880 history that the phrase might mean "Potholes in the River," referring to the potholes that appear in the riverbed when it is dry. In the oral tradition of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), the Cohoes Falls are the site where The Great Peacemaker, performed a feat of supernatural strength, convincing the Mohawk people to become the founders of the Iroquois League of Nations or Confederacy. Some historians believe the Mohawks launched the Confederacy as early as 1142 CE, though other experts report dates ranging from 1450-1650.Celebrated by 18th-century travelers in letters and journals, the Cohoes Falls, also called The Great Falls of the Mohawk, were regarded as the second most beautiful cataract in New York State after Niagara. In 1804, the national poet of Ireland, Thomas Moore, visited Cohoes and wrote a paean to the waterfall's beauty: "Lines Written at the Cohos, or Falls of the Mohawk River."
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  • Located in the city of Cohoes is a beautiful attraction - The Cohoes Falls! There are two areas from which one can view the falls. First, there is Falls View Park. A parking lot across the street offe...  more »
  • Really cool place. Like a smaller version of Niagara falls! There is a walk path were you can sit and watch and listen to the falls,during rainstorm the rush of the water is awesome to watch.  more »
  • Exciting waterfall that is very accessible to the car. Until last October, there is also a walk path very close to the situation, but we were a bit late and got to see it at a distance. Clearly worth seeing. Interesting urban setting in the city around also. Worn industrial environment that is far from the big capitals polished surfaces.
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  • The most silent falls! You cannot hear the sound of the water until you walk down near the viewpoints. It is home to a hydroelectric power plant and apparently, a popular field trip destination for elementary school children. Though you can't see the falls real close, you can see 2 powerful turbines doing their thing. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Great views especially in the spring. Water runs like Niagara falls. Very historical place
  • Easy to access and crowd free. Close up view and excellent descriptions of site and its significance.

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