A waterfall in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Falls NY A waterfall in the Adirondacks © Charles Gleberman Photography

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 St. Regis River, including Everton Falls.

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.

The NYS DEC manages this preserve and recently established a visitor parking area and a canoe launch.  There is public canoe access to a 9-mile section of flatwater on the St. Regis River above the falls. In addition, there is a short nature trail through hardwood and conifer forests. A preserve guide is available at the trail registers.

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, which favors wet areas, have reddish-brown bark and scale-like flat needles. Look for deer under these trees for it is one of their favorite foods.

This 530-acre preserve is located in the Northern Adirondacks along the east branch of the St. Regis River.