GPS: Decker Creek Falls: (N 42.71703 / W 76.40923)
Parking: (N 42.71237 / W 76.41274)
Montville Falls: (N 42.71511 / W 76.40860)
Directions: From Auburn, head south on either 38 or 38A to Moravia, where they connect. Just to the east of Moravia is Indian Mound Cemetery. Enter the cemetery. It is your access point for Mill Creek. Head towards Section 9 and park on the right side of the road just past the SEC 9 sign.
Or use Google Directions.
Parking: Park in the back of either St Patrick’s or Indian Mound Cemeteries. Section 9 of Indian Mound (on the right side of the road, just past the sign) is reportedly a good access point.
Number of falls: 2
Size/Types: 9 ft and 6 ft cascades, one right after the other.
Best time to visit: Spring or fall. After heavy rain.
Waterway: Decker Creek, which combines with Dresserville Creek to become Mill Creek. Mill Creek then joins Hemlock Creek, which is the inlet to Owasco Lake.
Time: 40 minutes to an hour.
Seasons/Hours: Whenever you can get access, which as of Spring 2010, is when the cemetery is open. We do not have the cemetery hours at this time.
Admission: No fees.
Handicap accessibility: No.
Pets: We are not sure.
Town of Moravia
139 Main Street Moravia, NY
Phone number: (315) 497-1972
The combination hike of these Mill Creek tributaries will get you close to these two falls – Decker Creek Falls and the massive 75 ft Montville Falls (if it is flowing at the time). Check out the Montville Falls page for more details on that part of the hike.
Considered public watershed, the accessible Decker Creek Falls, two small limestone cascades, are a nice treat in this rarely-accessed slice of wilderness. The falls, one 9 ft and the other 6, are right next to each other and surrounded by thick, peaceful forest. The limestone bedrock here evens out the boulder-spotted creek bed and gives the waterfalls a step-like structure. The falls are of decent size and sometimes flowing even if neighboring Montville Falls isn’t. The natural setting in the small gorge is nice as a distraction if you are in the area, and certainly worth it if you are here to see the larger Montville Falls, but they are certainly not worth going out of your way for.
Upstream from these two falls are numerous other drops, but they are reportedly all on private property. If you see a POSTED sign, turn around.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult (depending on water flow).
Distance: 3/4 mile (one-way) to visit Decker Creek and Montville Falls.
From a back section of the cemetery, head towards the creek. The gorge can be steep here, but walk along and see where you can get down safely. Reportedly in Section 9 of Indian Mound Cemetery, near the large C.A. PARKER tombstone is a good area to scramble down. Once in the gorge, head upstream. There are not many defined paths, so plan on getting your feet wet. In fact, if you aren’t getting wet on this hike, then chances are the waterfalls will be dry when you get there.
Less than a quarter-mile upstream you will reach a fork. To the right, Dresserville Creek and Montville Falls, to the left is Decker Creek Falls. Hike left for 900 feet or so to get there.
View Decker Creek and Montville Falls in a larger map
Near where Montville Falls is located, along Mill Creek, a man named Jethro Woods invented the first cast iron plow in 1819, drastically increasing the productivity of farmers and the reliability of their equipment. Unfortunately for Woods, he had to fight patent infringements his whole life and died a poor man. Montville was once a large manufacturing center, using the power of Mill Creek to build numerous factories along its banks. It rivaled the village of Moravia for dominance until the mills began to close along the creek as electric power ushered in modern industry.
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