The short hike to see Pixley Falls is a great little hike through the woods. There are several foot bridges carrying you over muddy or wet parts of the trail, although not many of those when we visited in October. Although a beautiful trail, it’s not marked well, but you’ll be fine if you follow the stream.
You’ll notice several small waterfalls along the trail, all very pretty — kind of like a warm up for the main show: Pixley Falls, which is 50 feet high.
We started at the farthest end of the parking lot, going away from the big falls. We followed the loop and eventually bumped into a creek. In warmer weather, there are many places to wade in and explore. We ended at the big falls and then climbed back up to the parking lot. The loop itself is barely a mile. There are signs at the big falls not to enter the water or swim, and except for a couple of happy dogs, everyone there the day we visited obeyed.
Pixley Falls State Park is a 375-acre New York state park located in Oneida County, NY. The park offers picnicking, a nature trail, hiking, fishing, seasonal hunting, and cross country skiing. The park has steep wooded hills, a mountain trout stream, and a trail, that we didn’t get a chance to explore, that runs along the ruins of the 19th-century Black River Canal.
Getting there: 11430 State Route 46, Boonville, NY
Website: Pixley Falls State Park