||Whiteman Gully - Lower ("Pokamoonshine
|Whiteman Gully - Lower
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||Whiteman Gully is on Little
Mill Creek in Steuben County, about 1/2 mile north
of route 63 between Dansville and Wayland, N.Y. Whiteman
Gully Road takes you down a steep dirt road that crosses
the creek and the gully.
can park near the bridge. The main waterfall
is downstream from the road. Just beyond the bridge
is an old grassy road that will lead you to the
lower falls. You must either walk across the creek
or in the creek to view the falls. (See Whiteman
Gully - Upper
for information about the beautiful falls upstream.)
||You can see this falls
in 20 to 30 minutes.
The friend who originally told
us about this waterfall called it "Pokamoonshine
Falls," and our
family has called it that for about forty years.
There is a Pokamoonshine Hollow shown on the USGS
topo map about five miles away but it is a totally
different watershed. And the road that goes through
Pokamoonshine Hollow is called Pokey-moonshine.
Probably the friend was confused. Certainly we were
confused when we discovered that our Pokamoonshine
Falls is officially called Whiteman Gully and the
stream is called Little Mill Creek.
We recently got a note from Ron
Andrews who sent
us an article from
the New York Times that at least confirms the
access to the lower falls is fairly flat, hence
it is a good falls to visit for those who are unable
to do the climbing required in most of the other
across the stream will require getting your feet
wet. Normally the water is shallow and easy to cross
but occasionally the reservoir outlet upstream is
open and the creek runs quite swiftly. Don't
try to cross the creek if you are unsure of your
can scramble down to the bottom of the falls simply
by following the trail beyond the falls. Our
younger visitors usually enjoy the view from below
and find it fairly easy to go up and down the hill.
If you continue downstream you will come to a long
culvert/tunnel underneath an abandoned railroad
grade. We haven't explored further downstream to
see if there are any falls between the tunnel and
Today I scouted Little Mill Creek between Lower Whiteman falls and route 63. Starting at route 63 and working upstream,
I found a 3 ft falls along with the remnants of an old dam. Farther upstream I found a 10 ft falls with a 10 ft dam above it.
There was no easy route around the falls and dam and I was alone so I turned around.
There is a 10 inch water pipe (now empty) coming from this dam that follows the creek.
Starting from Whiteman Gull road I started downstream. I went through the tunnel under the RR embankment.
I was glad I had a flashlight. There is some thigh deep water near the downstream end of the tunnel.
I found another falls about 5 ft high. I didn't get quite as far as the pond above the dam that I had found before,
but I think I was close. I tried to find another route out. There was an improved path that led up the bank,
but it washed out in a side valley. From the age of the trees that have grown up in it,
I'm guessing it may have provided access during construction of the RR embankment. I returned throught the tunnel.
I'll send pictures when (if) I get them back. (The loose film in my pocket got wet.)
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