Basford Falls

This is part of the Cranberry Lake Waterfall Tour which is just as impressive in winter as in summer, making this tour a year-round Adirondack Experience.


None of the trails on the tour are marked, other than with a trailhead sign. The trails are very easy to follow, but slightly difficult to locate, bring a road map with you for better trail locations. You should always be careful around rapids and waterfalls, no matter the season. In winter the conditions can be even more hazardous with ice and snow lining the edge.

Basford Falls is the final waterfall along Tooley Pond Road and is the one with the furthest walk. From the trailhead you will start snowshoeing on a slight uphill but soon top out along a ridge before dropping somewhat steeply to the river’s edge. There are several viewing opportunities along the shore to take in the interesting ice features and cool breeze of the cascading water. Anchor


890 feet


-70 feet

Distance Round Trip:

0.8 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids:            45 minutes

Experienced Snowshoers:            30 minutes

Out of Shape Snowshoers:            45 minutes

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Cranberry Lake. Follow Route 3 for 27 miles through Cranberry Lake to Tooley Pond Road. Turn down Tooley Pond Road and continue for 15.5 miles to the trailhead on the left. A small sign on a tree marks the trailhead.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

One: Short and easy trail to snowshoe. Small hills add to the experience but don't increase the difficulty.