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Boreas River (NY)

2000 Jon Binder


Ratings (ratings explained)
Power: 5/10
Beauty: 7/10
Ease of Access: 8/10

The Boreas River is located in the central region of the Adirondack State Park. It does not contain any major waterfalls, but has several exquisite little cascades. An easy, flat trail leads along it for a little over a mile.


A series of cascades on Boreas River


From the North

Take the Northway (I-87) to exit 29. Go west (right) on the Blue Ridge Road (Essex County Rt. 2) for about 18 miles to NY 28N. Go south (a left turn) on NY 28N for about five miles to a bridge crossing the Boreas River. After crossing the bridge, turn left into the approach for the old bridge over the River, which now is the parking area for the Boreas River trail.

From the South

Take the Northway (I-87) to exit 23. Go north on US 9 through Warrensburg to NY 28. Turn left on 28, following it for about 20 miles to North Creek. Here, turn right and follow NY 28N north to Minerva. Continue north on NY 28N for 8.7 miles to the approach for the old bridge over the Boreas River, on the right side of the road. This is now the parking area for the Boreas River trail.


Cross the road to the start of trail at a sign, indicating 1.2 miles to Hewitt Eddy, the calm area of the river that marks your turn around spot. The trail follows along the river for all of this length, never venturing more than a few feet from the edge of the stream. This allows for great views of the changing moods of the river, its reflections, and more exploration of its many small cascades. The trip is easy enough for almost anyone, and surprisingly beautiful for being so accessible. Although there are no big waterfalls on the river, the Boreas does provide many opportunities for exploration, and makes a great, easy, short trip.

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