The stunning falls of Sugar River stand out in their majesty while driving along route 12D through Talcottville NY. The falls are officially unnamed since they are not identified on typographic maps. They are referred to as Sugar River Falls or Talcottville Falls. These are Curtain Cascade type falls with a 60’ drop. Parking is along the roadside, near the guardrails of the southbound lane. A small dirt path is with an easy 2-minute walk to the falls.
Sugar River merges with Black River a few miles downstream of the falls. The Black River of New York extends 125 miles, the name may have evolved from its dark color caused by natural tannic acid. Black River eventually flows into Lake Ontario in the community of Dexter, west of Watertown. Black River joins Moose River above Lyons Falls, the site of an abandoned paper mill.
Black River is known for excellent fishing with abundant bass, pike, salmon and trout. The river is also popular for whitewater rafting and kayaking, especially along Black River Canyon. It is one of a few waterways that predictably have consistent water flow throughout the summer.
Talcottville is a small hamlet at 1,135’ elevation, 2 miles north of Booneville on route 12D at Domser Road. It is only few miles north of Oneida County in Lewis County. It was Lewis County’s first settlement, settled by William Topping and family in 1793. The family’s remains are interred in its cemetery. There are three active dairy farms, and small businesses in the area.
Booneville is an Oneida County town of 4,555 population, on route 12 at route 12D. The east town line is Black River and north town line at the Lewis County border. It was named after Holland Land Company agent Gerrit Boon.
Booneville is a popular tourist destination for winter snowmobiling. It has earned the nickname “The Snow Capital of the East”. An annual Snow Festival has professional snowmobile races on a half-mile oval ice track.
Alder Creek is a hamlet 7 miles southeast of Booneville at junction of route 12 and route 28. Hawkinsville is a hamlet east of Boonville near the Black River at 1,073 elevation.
Talcottville is a 2.5 hour drive of 153 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east exiting onto route 12 at Utica driving north. Driving north on route 12 past Alder Creek then at Booneville drive north on route 12D into Talcottville.
The sounds and appearance of waterfalls can have a calming effect, desired with the hectic lives we live. Pack your car with your family and head to this scenic spot, but don’t forget your camera. A picnic lunch will make the trip a real treat!