Three Falls Woods
Size: 78 acres
Location: Town of Manlius, 42°59’39.3″N 76°00’54.0″W
Trails: Yes, many and in good shape
A diamond! This unique preserve has over 60 acres of land to explore. Harold Jones of Manlius generously donated money to preserve this location. The preserve is located near the intersection of Sweet Rd and RT 173 not far from the village of Manlius. Parking is available on Sweet Rd., north of the intersection of Rt 173 and Sweet Rd. There is also a small pull off on RT 173, ½ mile east of the intersection. that has a trail head that will start your travels at the top of Staircase Falls.
This property gets its name from the three major waterfalls, Staircase, Tall Twins and Bridalveil. There are two other falls as well, the diminutive Little Twins and the reclusive Cascade Falls. All of the waterfalls are seasonal, best time to experience them is in the spring and early summer. Usually by late summer and early fall they are bone dry, unless there are heavy rains.It has a unique geology and natural features, endangered species, and is designated as a “Critical Environmental Area” by New York State, making it a good location for natural and scientific study. There are many mosses and ferns, 5 seasonal waterfalls, a vernal pool, and features of historical interest. The landscape is rugged karst terrain with a mature forest covering. There are two other points of interest; a pond on the north end of the property and a limestone ledge that overlooks the gorge east of the falls. The trails can be slippery in spots after a rain, so wear appropriate footwear and proceed with caution after a rain.