GPS/Locations: Tinker Falls: ( 42.78277 / W 76.03299)
Trail-head: (N 42.78008 / W 76.03577)
Directions: Take I-81 to Exit 14 and proceed east on Rt-11 through Tully. Make a right onto Rt-91 heading south.You will pass Labrador Pond on your right. Tinker Falls will be shortly after on your left.
Parking: There are two gravel roadside lots across from the trail-head to the falls. One lot up the road, one lot down the road. Each lot can handle about 10 cars
Number of falls: 1.
Size/Types: 80 ft tall. Overhanging falls (50′) over a rocky cascade (30′). Heavily wooded.
Best time to visit: All year. One of the best winter falls.
Flow: Medium / low. It can dry to a trickle in summer.
Waterway: Tinker’s Creek, a tributary into Labrador Creek, which heads south and less than a mile away empties into the east branch of the Tioughnioga River.
Time: 20 minutes.
Seasons/Hours: Year round. All day, all night.
Handicap accessibility: No
Pets: Allowed on leash.
Accommodations: Hiking trail; benches. Fishing and hand boat launch to the north at Labrador Pond.
Department of Environmental Conservation
1285 Fisher Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 753-3095
Amid the undeveloped land of the Labrador Hollow State Preserve, this location offers a peaceful and wondrous environment worthy of becoming a state park and tourist destination. The 80 ft waterfall is divided into a series of drops, the most dramatic being the 50 ft overhanging freefall. From there, the water divides, winding around large borders as it makes its way to the bottom. The gorge is deep and well enclosed by the surrounding trees, giving the location a cool and wet environment. After periods of high-rainfall, the drop can be a powerful and muddy torrent. It is common for rocks and trees to fall in this location, so be careful.
Difficulty: Easy or difficult, depending on how close you want to get to the falls.
Distance: About 1500 ft to the falls.
Markings: The trail-head is clearly marked. The trail is mostly gravel.
Description: Take the trail from the roadside up the creek to the falls. There are a few points along the way that may get slippery after rain, but for the most part the gravel trail is well-constructed. Experienced hikers and climbers can climb the side of the falls in order to get on the loose shale ledge behind the 50 ft drop.
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This tranquil pond, located to the north, up the road from here, is a wonderful spot for canoeing and fishing. A small road off of Rt-91 will get you to a nice trail and a fishing area near the pond.
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