Akron, New York
Location: Northwestern Erie County, Village of Akron, Akron Falls Park. Park in the area for picnic shelter number 4, next to a comfort station, located in the eastern end of the park.
You can view the crest of the falls from a viewing area 100 feet east of the parking lot. The falls can be seen best by following a blacktop trail that starts at the west end of the parking lot. The trail descends into the ravine and turns to the east, heading upstream towards the falls. Roughly 400 feet after entering the ravine you will reach the viewing area for the falls. Please stay on the established trail.
Akron Falls is 44 feet high, has a crest width of 40 feet, and faces to the northwest. By definition it is a classical falls, but because of some unique conditions, the falls usually has the appearance of a ribbon falls for most of the year. Murder Creek flows over the entire crest width of the falls only in times of high water. Usually the creek plunges from a 5 foot wide channel on the southwest side of the crest, free-falls 20 feet and then strikes a ledge. It then fans out to about 20 feet in width, and free-falls into a plunge pool. In times of very low water the stream will disappear into cracks in the dolostone creek bed before it reaches the crest of the falls. The creek then reappears from horizontal cracks about 15 feet below the crest as several springs on the northeast side of the falls. Click here for a photo of Akron Falls in flood.
For a ACME Mapper 2.0 map of the area click here.
Web site: Akron Falls Park
Web site: Geology of Akron Falls by Samuel J. Ciurca, Jr.
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