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Location 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.


You 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.)

Hiking 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 confusion.


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 gullies.

Going 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 footing.

You 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 Route 63.

UPDATE From Charles, 17-Jul-2004