Tinker Falls in Labrador Hollow

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Location / Directions / Maps

Location: 20 miles south/east of Syracuse. Within the Labrador Hollow State preserve,  Between Fabius and Truxton, Cortland County, New York.

Maps: Google Map; Bing Map, Multi-map (topo); Interactive map.

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

Information / Accessibility / Accommodations

Latest Truxton, New York, weather conditions and forecastNumber 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.

Admission: Free.

Handicap accessibility: No

Pets: Allowed on leash.

Accommodations: Hiking trail; benches. Fishing and hand boat launch to the north at Labrador Pond.

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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.

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Hiking / Walking Trails

The Gorge Trail

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.

Map: Interactive.

Tinker 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.

View Tinker Falls in a larger map


Truxton was founded in April of 1808 and named in honor of Commodore Thomas Truxton of the Revolutionary War.

Interesting Stuff

Labrador Pond

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.

Launch area

What is the bald spot on top of Jones Hill to the north? It’s a launch area for hang gliders.

Photography Tips

Photographing Tinker Falls

  • This is a very natural area with little in the way of a viewing platform. Don’t concentrate on a clear shot of the falls. Show the falls hidden behind the trees.
  • Try to climb up behind the falls (at your own risk) and shoot through it.

Proper creek-walk footwear

  • Wear the proper footwear for creek walking and climbing. Not only can a quality pair of water shoes prevent blisters and infection, they will help you stick better to the ground and reduce your risk of falling, hurting your self, or your camera gear.

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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