Warsaw Falls

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On Stony Creek in the town of Warsaw, Wyoming County. Stony Creek is a tributary of Oatka Creek which flows into the Genesee River. From the intersection of routes 19 and 20A in Warsaw, go west for 2 blocks and turn left onto Liberty St. Continue to the town park and leave your car in the farthest corner (southwest) of the park. See the Map. We have heard this waterfall referred to as Warsaw Falls, Stony Creek Falls, and Crystal Brook Falls.


Private. This waterfall is located on private land but landowners have not objected to responsible use and the gully has been used by hikers for years. You can access the gully from an unmarked trail in the extreme southwest corner of the town park. Climb a short distance on the trail and then follow a utility right-of-way down into the gully.


This is a hike of medium difficulty. During high water, the hike would be extremely difficult and dangerous since you must hike in the stream much of the time. The total distance is just over 2 miles for the round trip.

As an alternative, it may be possible to hike to the top of the falls along the railroad right-of-way. The best view is from the rim on the north side of the gully. You can scramble down the north side of the gully to the base of the main waterfall but this is an extremely steep and dangerous climb.


This is one of the largest wild waterfalls in our region, and we visited it during the rainy summer of 2000 when there was good flow in Stony Creek. In addition to the main waterfall, there is a 12' high cascade where the creek exits from a tunnel under the railroad grade about 100 feet upstream from the main falls, and two cascades (8' and 6') in the gully downstream from the main falls.

The trails show signs of frequent use and we encountered three other parties during the hike. But surprisingly, we found very little trash in the gully or at the waterfall. There are neither park rules nor private posted signs in this gully. Perhaps this makes users of the gully feel more personally responsible for its well-being.

UPDATE From Charles, 17-Jul-2004