Discover this landscape on foot or in a canoe.
Everton Falls Discover this landscape on foot or in a canoe. © Limited right

Places We Protect

Everton Falls Preserve

New York

Discover this landscape on foot or in a canoe.

Once the site of a 1800s timber town that logged itself out of existence, the Adirondack Chapter's Everton Falls Preserve protects a 1.5-mile stretch of the East Branch of the St. Regis River, including Everton Falls.

From the parking area, there is a short trail through a mixed northern hardwood and conifer forest.  Across the street from the parking area, there is an NYS-DEC boat access site for canoes and kayaks which provides access to nine miles of flat-water paddling on the East Branch of the St. Regis River.  The shoreline offers a beautiful view of the falls and is a nice place for a picnic lunch.

Why We Work Here

The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy was drawn to this site because of its extensive river frontage. Today, the New York State Wild, Scenic, and Recreational River Systems Act helps protect the Adirondack rivers by ensuring that the waters flow freely to their downriver destinations.

This is especially important for the Adirondacks, where the headwaters for five major watersheds, including Lake Champlain and the Hudson, Black, St. Lawrence, and Mohawk Rivers begin. Throughout the Adirondacks, more than 1,500 miles of rivers are fed by an estimated 30,000 miles of brooks and streams.

What We Do

From the earliest trappers and guides, who led pioneers and explorers down raging rivers, through the days of floating logs, to the present-day canoeist and wildlife viewer, preserves like Everton Falls honor and reveal the natural heritage and history of our Adirondack rivers.

Be sure to grab a preserve guide from the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in Keene Valley or at the trail register.

Animals:

  • brook trout
  • beaver
  • belted kingfisher
  • great blue heron
  • bald eagle
  • moose

Plants:

  • cardinal flower
  • bunchberry
  • starflower
  • bluebead lilly
  • red pine
  • white pine
  • northern white cedar

Everton Falls Preserve is in the Northern Adirondacks along the East Branch of the St. Regis River.

Preserve Guidelines

This 530-acre preserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk all year round for recreational, educational and, with written permission, scientific use. TNC does not plow the preserve parking area in winter.

To help ensure the continued protection of the preserve and that this special place can be enjoyed for future generations, please respect the following guidelines: 

  • No removal or destruction of plants or animals.
  • No camping.
  • No fires or cooking.
  • No bicycling.
  • No littering.
  • No hunting or trapping.
  • All dogs must remain on a leash, and owners must remove dog waste. 
  • Staying on marked trails is a simple way to protect the Everton Falls Preserve's natural areas.  Walking off trail causes erosion, tramples plants and can increase the likelihood of invasive plants becoming established. 
  • Please pack out what you bring in!