high falls

Located just outside the Village of Philmont,
High Falls features Columbia County’s highest waterfall

High Falls includes one mile of trail that winds through hemlock ravines alongside the Agawamuck Creek (“Creek of Many Fish” to the Mohicans), and to an overlook of Columbia County’s highest waterfall. This site and the Agawamuck Creek have been an important part of Philmont’s development. In the early 19th century, hydropower was the industry’s chief energy source. Access to hydropower via the falls led to the growth of a bustling village called Factory Hill, later named Philmont. In Philmont’s heyday, the waterfall provided power for 17 mills. The dam above High Falls, built in 1845, is visible from the viewing area.

Trails at this site are primarily packed earth, with some exposed tree roots, stones, and bog bridges. The trails are not recommended for strollers or wheelchair users. Seating is available at the Waterfall Overlook and at a bench along the Agawamuck Trail. Swimming is not allowed at High Falls.

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Guidelines for visiting

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Address

540 Roxbury Road, Philmont

Activities

Birding, fishing, hiking, walking

Amenities

Waterfall overlook, Nature Quest trail,
strong cell reception

Features

Columbia County’s highest waterfall,
ravines and rare plants

Trail traffic

High – Especially on weekends
and during hot summer days

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