Marcellus Falls

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Location:
           Marcellus Falls, Onondaga County
Waterway:          Ninemile Creek
Directions:          From Route 5 west of Syracuse, turn south on Route 174 in
                            Camillus. Route 174 runs through Marcellus Falls and past the
                            waterfalls. There is public parking on the left side of Route 174
                            just before Marcellus Falls marked by a brown and yellow sign
                            "Ninemile Creek Public Fishing Stream."
Best Viewing Locations: From bridge and drive-by
Waterfall Height: A 10-foot dam followed by a series of cascades. A 10-foot
                              steep cascade
Best Season to Visit: Year-round
Access:               Short walk or roadside
Hiking Time:      30 minutes round trip walking
Length:               0.8 mile round trip from parking area to both falls
Difficulty:           1 boot
Trail Surface:     Paved road
Trail Markings: None
Uses:                   View only
Dogs:                  OK
Admission:          Free

These 2 waterfalls can be partially viewed in a drive-by, or for more leisurely viewing, park at the fishing access and walk 0.2 mile to the first waterfall and another 0.2 mile to the second. In July, 2001 the bridge over Ninemile Creek at the first waterfall was in the process of being replaced. The new bridge will cover the bottom portion of the first waterfall making a drive-by viewing more difficult. The town of Marcellus Falls began in 1801 as a settlement called Union Village. From its very beginning, it was a manufacturing settlement. Ninemile Creek once sported 25 mill sites. In 1808 a crude sawmill was erected and a gristmill was added in 1824. Today the second waterfall is behind the Martisco Paper Company.

Drive-by Directions:

• Driving south on Route 174, slow down as you enter Marcellus Falls. Look to the right to see the first waterfall formed by a dam. The cascades below the dam will be obscured under the bridge.
• Continue south 0.2 mile and keep looking right. Just before Martisco Paper Company you'll catch a glimpse of the second waterfall.

Trail Directions:

• From the parking area, walk south along Route 174 (it has wide shoulders).
• From the bridge, look to the right to see the first waterfall formed by a dam. Look down to view cascades under the bridge.
• Continue south 0.2 mile and keep looking right. Just before Martisco Paper Company you'll see the second waterfall.

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