Enchanted Hollow Falls

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Location: 25 miles south/east of Syracuse. Within Morgan Hill State Forest,  Between Fabius and Truxton, Cortland County, New York.

Maps: Google Map; Bing MapMulti-Map (topo); InteractiveBuy map O1 from the FLTC.

GPS/Locations:  Falls: (N 42.76603 / W 76.01582)
Parking area: (N 42.76706 / W 76.02009)

Directions: Take 81 to Exit 14 and proceed east on Rt. 11/80 through Tully and continue east on Rt 80. Make a right onto Rt. 91 heading south. Turn left onto Shackam Rd. Look for signs for the the Finger Lakes Trail.

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Parking: Roadside parking at the trail junction at Shackham Rd. Please do not block the trail.

Information / Accessibility / Accommodations

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Number of falls: 1.

Size/Types: 15 feet tall cascade in two equal parts.

Best time to visit: Winter snow melt, spring, and after heavy rain. Dry in summer.

Flow: Low.

Waterway: Hemlock Brook, a tributary into Shackham Brook, which joins with Labrador Creek just to the west.

Time: 30 minutes.

Seasons/Hours: Year round. All day, all night.

Admission: Free

Handicap accessibility: No.

Pets: Allowed on leash.

Accommodations: Hiking trail; campsite.

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AKA: Hemlock Falls

We’ll admit, this small, seasonal waterfall is not much of a sight. Roughly 15 feet tall, divided in two sections, it barely has water in it during the dry summer months. But you should take some time to see it. The Enchanted Hollow area is a spectacular sight with pristine, peaceful forest, spotted with the calming sound of its various brooks. It’s a beautiful spot to explore and we could tell from the numerous circles of charcoal surrounding the falls, a popular spot for camping along the Finger Lakes Trail. If you are in the area checking out Tinkers Falls, we highly recommend you take the time to check out this falls and see if it is flowing.

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Hiking / Walking Trails

Difficulty: Moderate.

Distance: A half-mile there and back.

Markings: Clearly marked trail. Finger Lakes Trail orange blazes.

Description: From the junction at Shackham Rd., head east winding down towards Shackham Brook and the bridge.  Follow the orange blazes. From the creek, you may be able to spot a small seasonal tributary that looks almost silver, due to the way the light hits the shale bedrock. Cross the bridge and follow the trail. You see white blazes when crossing Enchanted Hollow, and Blue Blazes when approaching the falls on Hemlock Brook. Stay on the orange blaze trail and you will see the falls as the trail hooks around to follow Hemlock Brook. Trails hug both sides of the creek.

Map: Buy map O1 from the FLTCInteractive.

Enchanted Hollow Falls Interactive Map

Drag the map or click the arrows to move around and use the +/- to zoom in or out. Click on the icons for more information. This map is not accurate. Caution and common sense should be used when hiking.

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This small waterfall is located along the southern end of the Onondaga Trail (a branch of the Finger Lakes Trail). For more information on the Finger Lakes Trail, visit the Finger Lakes Trail Conference website.

Interesting Stuff

Labrador Pond Unique Area

Labrador Pond, located to the north on Rt 91, is a great location for fishing and canoeing.

Photography Tips

General tips

  • Carefully climb down into the creek bed for a better angle.
  • There’s plenty of stuff here, other than waterfalls. You can shoot: snails, insects, colorful mushrooms, and general forest scenery.
  • Keep your gear safe and dry. The difficult hike may get you dirty and wet. Be sure to protect your gear in case of a fall.

Silky water effect

  • To get that smooth cotton-candy look to the falls, you need to use a Neutral Density (ND) filter on your lens. The ND filter will block some of the light from entering the lens without altering the color, and thus allow your shutter to stay open longer. This blurs the water and creates a soft white gloss to the foamy areas of the falls. You can pick up a Neutral Density (ND) filter relatively cheap on Amazon.
  • Cut down on reflections and help reduce the light entering the lens by utilizing a Circular Polarizer filter. Most of the waterfall scenes shown on this website are captured with this type of filter. It reduces glare and helps us obtain more even exposures.You can pick up a Circular Polarizer filter relatively cheap on Amazon.
  • When shooting slow shutter speeds a sturdy Tripod is a must. Don’t settle for a cheap tripod that wobbles in the wind or can be vibrated by water currents. Amazon has a nice selection of quality Tripods.

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