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Hector Falls (NY)

Hector Falls (NY)

2001 Jon Binder


Ratings (ratings explained)
Power: 6/10
Beauty: 4/10
Ease of Access: 10/10

Hector Falls is located right along NYS Route 414, just north of Watkins Glen. There are many other roadside falls in this area, especially during the spring runoff, including this small cascade and this small falls.


Hector Falls in high water
A small falls on NYS route 14
A cascade on NYS route 414 just south of Hector Falls


From the intersection of NYS Routes 414 and 79 just north of Watkins Glen, go north on 414 for just under 2 miles. Here, a bridge crosses over Hecor Falls. Park just past the bridge on the right (east) side of the road.


The main part of Hector Falls is on the right (east) side of NYS Route 414. The picture on this page is of this portion of the falls. However, the falls continues underneath the bridge and down to Seneca Lake. I believe this portion of the falls is on private property, and thus I did not see it.

Hector Falls is a nice falls, and of course is easily accessable being a roadside falls. Undoubtedly, the falls looks much better in the summer when there is some green around. Of course, a waterfall along the road is never the same as a falls deep in the woods.

Still, the Watkins Glen area does have some great waterfalls and cascades that are right next to roads, making it a great place to go for people with any physical limitations, but who still want to visit waterfalls. During the Spring runoff, or any time the water level is high, is the best time to go.

About a mile south of Hector Falls, for example, is a wonderful little cascade. It is on the east side of the road, and there is a small space to park in on the west side of the road, just south of the cascade. I would guess that in dryer months, this cascade does not exist.

South of Watkins Glen, on NYS Route 14, there are also many falls right next to the road. There are several well known big falls, including Aunt Sarah's Falls and She-qua-ga Falls, but the little unnamed cascades are also beautiful. This small falls is loctaed on the west side of route 14, between Watkins Glen and Montour Falls.

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