Falls from above
Falls from below
Falls in winter
Child
High Falls Close Up
Woods at High Falls
Photo by Thomas Barber

HIGH FALLS Conservation Area

540 Roxbury Rd, Philmont/Claverack

FEATURES

  • A stunning 150-foot waterfall, the tallest in Columbia County
  • 47 acres
  • 2 miles of trails
  • Deciduous forest, access to Agawamuck creek, and an overlook
  • Picnic bench

540 Roxbury Rd, Philmont/Claverack

The High Falls Conservation Area is located primarily in the Village of Philmont, with access on Roxbury Road in the Town of Claverack. From Route 217 (Main Street) in Philmont, turn south on Roxbury Road, and cross over the Agawamuck Creek. The entrance to the parking lot and trail head is 100 yards up on the left.


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DOWNLOAD TRAIL MAP.

Ecology

High Falls Ecological Conditions Report:  A complete ecological description of the site’s geology, flora and fauna prepared by the Farmscape Ecology Program.

Regulations


CLC properties are open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Admission is free, donations to CLC are appreciated.

All properties have parking areas.

Pets must be on leash at all times, except when swimming.

“Carry in, carry out”. In an effort to minimize human impact on the conservation areas, no trash receptacles are located at the sites. Take your trash with you when you leave.

Dog owners must remove dog waste from the site. Leaving dog waste on the site is harmful to wildlife and creates a major annoyance to site visitors and CLC maintenance staff. There are no trash receptacles located on the site.

People are not allowed to swim.
Motorized vehicles are not allowed unless they are part of an official CLC program.
Fishing is permitted with NYS License.

There is no hunting at High Falls Conservation Area.

Audio equipment or radio use is allowed with earphones only.

Please respect the plants, animals, and artifacts at the sites as they make the properties special.

 

24 Responses to High Falls

  1. Mia says:

    I was wondering if this trail is appropriate to take a stroller on? We have a pretty heavy duty jogging stroller with rubber, air tires. If anyone could let me know, we’re hoping to go tomorrow. Thanks!

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  6. Christine Wichmann says:

    Looks beautiful, hope to go this weekend in spite of the gloom! But how about trail descriptions (easy, not so easy, elevation gain, etc.) added to the pages?

    • Michael Chameides says:

      Thanks for the feedback Christine. I’m hesitant to say whether or not it is easy, since people experience difficulty differently. CLC regularly hosts guided walks for school groups with young kids and public events where people walk up to the falls. The trail map has topographic lines.

  7. Kate M. says:

    We made the short trip from our house in Philmont to High Falls this weekend with our 4-year-old daughters and they had a blast hiking to the falls overlook and then down the trail to the water’s edge. What a great resource right in our backyard. We’ll definitely be going again!
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  9. unicorn_42_63 says:

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    My grandson eating lunch at the area with picnic table,we like to sit on the land made bench where you have a great view of the waterfall,like you are looking thru a window.

    • Denis says:

      I live right down the road from High Falls,went alot last summer, I went this past Sunday May 1st. It was the first time I had ever seen the falls with so much water. The first one you can not relaly see to well during the summer, but as of May 1st all kinds of water is flowing. Its alot of power there. My favorite pastime is hiking to waterfalls,it is great for body,spirit,and mind.

  10. unicorn_42_63 says:

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    I would tell anybody who loves hiking to visit High Falls,it is the best medicine for spirit,mind,and heart.You cant help but to fall in love with this place.

  11. Dori Hodges says:

    I live right down the road from High Falls,went alot last summer, I went this past Sunday May 1st. It was the first time I had ever seen the falls with so much water. The first one you can not really see to well during the summer, but as of May 1st all kinds of water is flowing. Its alot of power there. My favorite pastime is hiking to waterfalls,it is great for body,spirit,and mind.

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