Basford Falls

Twin Falls

Sinclair Falls

Sinclair Falls from bridge

One of the greatest natural attractions in St. Lawrence County is the many majestic waterfalls throughout the area. Tooley Pond Road runs parallel with the south branch of the Grasse River where a tract of as many as 12 named waterfalls beckon visitors to enjoy.

We stood mesmerized by the first three: Basford, Sinclair and Twin – each with its own unique personality and temperament.

Surrounded by sweet-smelling pines, Basford Falls proves inviting for hikers looking to meditate in the shade on soft ground. The dark tea-colored water reveals deep circulating eddies perfect for anglers looking to drop line for brown trout.

Sinclair Falls is a 40-foot slide that appears kayak-able in the late spring by a skilled navigator. It’s history includes iron mining until the 1950s and relics of the mill can be found at the base.

And the two cascades at Twin Falls are anything but identical. The smaller of the two is called Twin and gurgles softly, like a baby with a pacifier. The other is Stewart’s Rapids that roars with a deafening thunder and plunges a whopping 40-feet. Rock hop across the small stream at the crown of Twin onto a small island to get this churning titan.

Every waterfall is quickly accessible from the road along well-trodden footpaths. For invaluable ideas on visiting St. Lawrence County, visit the North Country Travel and Tourism website.

Dad enjoys a moment of quiet, err, I mean noisy contemplation overlooking Stewart's Rapid at Twin Falls along the Grasse River.
Dad enjoys a moment of quiet, err, I mean noisy contemplation overlooking Stewart’s Rapid at Twin Falls along the Grasse River.
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