Salmon River Falls, Orwell

4.9
#19 of 24 in Nature in Finger Lakes
The Salmon River Falls is a 110ft waterfall on the Salmon River in Oswego County, New York in the United States. It is situated within the 112acre Salmon River Falls Unique Area, which is managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The falls and surrounding land are open to the public and are a popular sightseeing destination within the region.HistoryPrior to European settlement, the Salmon River Falls area was utilized by the Onondaga, Oneida, and Cayuga tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy as seasonal fishing grounds, where they would harvest Atlantic salmon that were blocked from further upstream migration on the Salmon River by the falls.It was not until the early 1800s that roads began to expand into the heavily forested region surrounding the falls, allowing for the first sightseers to visit the falls. Recreational and commercial salmon fishing was also noted at the falls prior to the extirpation of Atlantic salmon from the river in 1872. A tourist lodge and dancing establishment known as The Cataract House was operated near the falls between 1860 and 1888, and a food and novelty stand was operated at the falls in 1896. At this time, the falls were alternately referred to as High Falls in some sources.
A visit to Salmon River Falls represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Orwell vacation trip planner to plot your vacation.
Source
Create an itinerary including Salmon River Falls
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
38 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • July 26, 2017
    Great little day trip for the family. Trails are flat and well packed on the upper part of the system. The trail to the river below the falls are extreme. Switchbacks, steep grades, wet rocks, poison ...  more »
  • September 11, 2016
    Great views of the falls. Lots of people and trails! Excellent place to see any time of year and is wheel chair/stroller accessible. Trails are all flat and gravel. You cannot swim here though. Lots o...  more »
  • September 6, 2016
    Traveling to the bottom is a bit tricky but well worth it!! Beautiful !! The top of the falls is just as gorgeous ! The kids loved it!  more »

Plan your trip to Orwell

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Orwell

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Finger Lakes by other users

36 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Finger Lakes BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Watkins Glen BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Finger Lakes BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Cortland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Watkins Glen BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Ithaca BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Finger Lakes BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Dundee BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Watkins Glen BY A USER FROM CANADA September, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in New York State BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Watkins Glen BY A USER FROM CANADA September, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans