Warsaw Falls, Wyoming County

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Location / Directions / Maps

Location: Adjacent to Warsaw Village Park. In the town of Warsaw, village of Warsaw; Wyoming County, New York.

Maps: Google MapBing MapMulti-map (topo); Interactive map.

GPS/Locations: Warsaw Falls: (N 42.73253 / W 78.15238)
Parking along the park road: (N 42.73588 / W 78.14094)
Park Entrance: (N 42.73550 / W 78.13741)
Downstream Falls: (N 42.73283 / W 78.14206)
Erie-Lackawanna RR tunnel: (N 42.73271 / W 78.15308)

Directions: Take 20A to the village of Warsaw and turn south on Liberty St. After about 2,000 ft, the park entrance will be on your right.

Or use Google Maps.

Parking: Parking is available along the road that loops through the park or in the lot to the north by the lodge.

Information / Accessibility / Accommodations

Property Status Note
We have heard from some sources that the gully is on Private Land and that the owners of the gully allow respectful and safe hikers to visit. Other sources indicate that the gully is part of the adjacent village park. Attempts to seek out the owners have been unsuccessful, but we will keep trying. As of September 2008 there are no posted signs indicating that this is private property. We ask that if you attempt to visit this site, you are respectful of any signs that you come across. Please tread lightly; do not leave any trash; and certainly: be safe. If you have any information about the ownership of this land, please let us know.

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Number of falls: 3 large falls, several small drops.

Size/Types:  One 80 ft cascade and several smaller cascades.

Best time to visit: Spring, through fall. May dry to a trickle in summer.

Flow: Low.

Waterway: Stony Creek, a tributary to Oatka Creek. Stony Creek begins about 6 miles northeast of here at the Attica Reservoir, slowing through farmland until it passes through a tunnel under the Erie-Lackawanna RR just before falling down Warsaw Falls. It then passes through the southwest corner of the village of Warsaw and then connects with Oatka Creek. Oatka flows northeast along the Wyoming Valley and empties into the Genesee River near Scottsville. The Genesee River is a major tributary to Lake Ontario.

Time: Two hours or more.

Seasons/Hours: Adjacent park is open from dawn until dusk.

Admission: Park admission is free.

Handicap accessibility: No

Pets: Not a good idea.

Swimming: Only in the park pool. A fee may be charged.

Accommodations: The park has ball fields; tennis courts; swimming pool; walking/running track; picnic facilities; pavilion; ice-skating rink; picnic facilities; lodge; restrooms.

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AKA: Stony Creek Falls; Crystal Brook Falls

This beautiful natural setting has seemingly untouched waterfalls and pristine water. The hike is a spectacular one, especially in the fall, when the water level is low and the leaves blanket the dark limestone rocks of the gorge.

The creek walk up to the main falls is certainly a beautiful one, with small waterfalls and interesting rock formations along the way, but the real attraction here is Warsaw Falls, an 80 ft high cascade. With nearly a straight drop, its water manages to hug the steep limestone cliffs of this narrow cataract, filling this end of the gorge with the sounds of rushing water. It then rushes along a flat ledge at the bottom where it fans out and drops another ten or so feet, fanning out over a wider ledge. The contrast and positioning of these two falls makes for several photographic possibilities. We found ourselves with full memory cards in no time.

When we approached from the top, we couldn’t get a good angle on the large falls or the gorge below, but a small waterfall pouring out of the railroad bridge just upstream proved to be just as photogenic as the falls itself.

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Hiking / Walking Trails

Rim Trail to the top

Difficulty: Difficult (because of steep muddy terrain and a last stretch that is a climb up loose dirt and gravel).

Distance: Just less than a mile uphill.

Markings: None.

Description: From the park’s western end (the back near the wooded area), follow the mowed trail uphill through the woods and then head left (south) until you reach the gorge rim. Proceed uphill and along the rim until you reach the railroad trestle. A difficult scramble down hill will get you a good look at the creek flowing under the bridge, and downstream is the crest of the tallest falls. There is no way down the gorge from here and it is extremely dangerous. Use caution and do not play around at the crest of the falls.

Creek walk the gorge

Difficulty: Difficult (no trails, a slippery creek walk with small waterfall climbs).

Distance: Less than 0.75 miles one way.

Markings: None.

Description: From the park’s western end (the back near the wooded area), follow the mowed trail uphill and look for a trail that leads into the woods. After a short while it will come to a muddy gully filled with a large utility pipe. Follow this pipe to Stony Creek and head upstream. The creek gets slippery in the autumn and there are no trails. So expect to walk through the water, which may be fast-moving and deep in the spring. There are a few small falls to climb, but nothing major. You must have good shoes and a walking pole as things can get very slippery here. The walk is long and uphill. You reach the end at the base of Warsaw Falls.

Maps: Interactive.

Warsaw 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 Warsaw Falls in a larger map


Warsaw Falls illiustration

Warsaw Falls c.1869

Judge Elizur Webster purchased this area of the Oatka Creek Valley from the Holland Land company in 1803 and settled where the village is now. At the time this was a part of Genesee County. Along with agriculture, the salt industry was able to sustain Warsaw for decades. The ample salt springs in the Wyoming Valley allowed for companies to use the evaporative process to harvest salt.

The creek was known to early settlers as “Crystal Brook,” because of its clear waters, and the glen was known as “Maple Glen.” As early as the 1860s, we found evidence of the name “Warsaw Falls” used. Several sawmills once operated along Crystal Brook from the settlement of Orangeville (to the west) to the crest of Warsaw Falls at Maple Glen. No information on mills constructed on this creak within or after the glen could be found.

Interesting Stuff

Letchworth State Park

Just to the east is Western NY’s waterfall mecca. If you have time after visiting Warsaw Falls, head on over to Letchworth to see the 3 major falls on the Genesee (at least). Although Letchworth can easy take up a few days, a drive through to see the major waterfalls and features of the Letchworth Gorge can take only a few hours. It’s also a great place to picnic while you are in the region.

Photography Tips

Photographing Warsaw Falls

  • There are plenty of photo opportunities along the creek walk. Look up on the cliff, not just in the creek bed.
  • 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.
  • Warsaw Falls is pretty big and there’s not much room to back up. Bring a wide-angle lens.

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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