County Line Falls
Upper and Lower
Springwater, New York
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      Upper and Lower County Line Falls are located in the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest which covers 6,684 acres. The area contains the two undeveloped Finger Lakes, Hemlock and Candice. They are the primary source of drinking water for the City of Rochester. Activities in Hemlock-Canadice State Forest are subject to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Rules and Regulations. They allow many recreational activities but prohibit uses that could threaten water quality of the streams and lakes within the area. Please remember that this is a very sensitive area because it provides public drinking water and act responsibly. Also please respect all posted boundary lines.

Reynolds Gully Map Location: The parking area for the two County Line Falls is located a little over 2.8 miles north of Springwater, New York. This is about 0.4 of a mile north of the Livingston/Ontario County Line.

     From Springwater follow Route 15A north for 2.7 miles and turn slightly right (northeast) onto Bald Hill Road. In less than 0.1 of a mile turn right (east) onto Johnson Hill Road. In 300 feet turn right (south) into a small grass parking area.

     A metal gate on the south side of the parking area marks the starting point of the trail. Pass the gate and continue southwards on the wide trail that was once a logging road. In the summer months the trail is usually unmowed grass. Roughly 0.4 of a mile from the parking area the trail turns to the east and you should be able to get a glimpse of the Upper County Line Falls between the trees.

County Line Falls Trail

    Continue along the trail and you will quickly reach the crest of the falls. The Upper County Line Falls has a crest that is 21 feet wide and faces to the north northwest. As the creek, an unnamed tributary of Hemlock Lake, descends the 59 foot high cliff it makes a turn to the west.

Upper County Line Falls 01

Upper County Line Falls 02     You can follow along the edge of the steep sided gorge for more views of Upper County Line Falls.

    To view the Lower County Line Falls you can carefully continue along the edge of the extremely steep sided gorge. After passing Lower County Line Falls carefully descend (a rope would be very helpful) into the gorge and hike back to the falls. Remember it will be a difficult climb uphill to get back to your vehicle.

     An alternative route to Lower County Line Falls (that I found much easier) is to return to your vehicle after viewing Upper County Line Falls. Drive back to Route 15A and turn left (south). About 0.45 of a mile past Old Bald Hill Road, and imeadtaely after crossing Reynolds Creek, there is a dirt parking area on the left (east) side of the road. Park here next to the creek and then walk northwards (the way you just came from) along Route 15A being mindful of the speeding traffic. In just over 0.2 of a mile you will come to the creek that the County Line Falls are found on. Follow the creek to the east and you will soon arrive at the Lower County Line Falls. The falls is 25 feet high, has a crest that is 10 feet wide and faces to the west.

Lower County Line Falls 01
Lower County Line Falls

For a Map Quest map of the area click here.

For a ACME Mapper 2.0 map of the area click here.

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