This is part of the Cranberry Lake Waterfall Tour which is one of the finest Adirondack experiences. None of the trails on the tour are marked, other than with an 8 x 11 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 and especially with young children.
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.
Basford Falls is the final waterfall along Tooley Pond Road and is the one with the furthest walk. From the trailhead you will start hiking on a slight uphill but soon top out along a ridge before dropping somewhat steeply to the river’s edge. This drop, while not steep, does tend to be a bit slippery. The waterfalls, which are more like cascades, can be seen from a flat area under the evergreens. This is an excellent spot for a picnic.
- Distance Round Trip: 0.8 Miles
- Elevation: 890’
- Elevation Gain or Loss: -70’