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Eagle Cliff Falls is in Havana Glen Park, a privately owned park. The park is half a mile south of the Village of Montour Falls on Havana Glen Road, off of Route 14. It cost $1 to enter. The trail through the glen to the falls is very pretty. Bring a swimsuit, because you can play in the water if you wish. The park also features a large picnic area and a camping area.

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Visiting Eagle Cliff Falls in Havana Glen Park

Eagle Cliff Falls is a truly stunning waterfall in Montour Falls, New York. Set between two rock walls, flows the 40-foot high Eagle Cliff Falls. This is by far one of the most underrated waterfalls I have visited in New York. Eagle Cliff Falls in Havana Glen Park is a hidden gem of the Finger Lakes region. This waterfall is rarely listed as one of the “best waterfalls in New York”. Yet, it is for that very reason why you must visit Eagle Cliff Falls! Just because it is not as well known in the region, does not mean it is any less beautiful. This beautiful waterfall makes a great addition to your itinerary while exploring nearby Watkins Glen.

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Where is Havana Glen Park

Havana Glen Park is located in Montour Falls, New York in the Southern Finger Lakes. This small park in this small village of New York is located only 10 minutes from nearby Watkins Glen, which is one of the most popular state parks in New York. Havana Glen Park is located just off of St. Catherine Street (Route 14) and is a very easy detour from Watkins Glen.

Visiting Eagle Cliff Falls


Upon arrival at Havana Glen Park, you will need to pay a small entry fee of $2 for parking. I thought this was a reasonable rate for parking. While the park is fairly small, I spent almost an hour at Eagle Cliff Falls, so I was certainly able to get my money’s worth for parking. However, If you want to make the most of your day, there are other facilities at Havana Glen Park. On a hot day, you can even splash around under the waterfall to cool off!


Once you enter Havana Glen Park, Eagle Cliff Falls is an easy walk from the parking lot. Start off at the trailhead, located adjacent to the stream, and make your way to Eagle Cliff Falls. The trail is relatively easy and only takes approximately 5 minutes to get from the parking lot to Eagle Cliff Falls.

The hike includes a set of stairs and a narrow walkway with a railing, to keep you on the trail. However, even with these obstacles, the trail is short and easy. Along the walk, you will see rock walls to one side and pass several small waterfalls. 

Eagle Cliff Falls

Following the small waterfalls upstream, you will enter a clearing with views of Eagle Cliff Falls. The trail ends at McClure Creek at the base of the waterfall. Eagle Cliff Falls is an incredible waterfall to behold. This 40-foot high waterfall is certainly not the largest, tallest, or most popular waterfall in New York, or even the Finger Lakes region. Yet, there is something special about Eagle Cliff Falls. The waterfall flows in a perfect stream centered in the almost amphitheater-like setting of the rock walls. 

Eagle Cliff Falls

From the creek, you can get an incredible view of Eagle Cliff Falls. And you won’t get wet at all. However, if you want to get different views of the waterfall, prepare to get a little wet. Visiting in September, I did not go underneath the waterfall, yet I walked through the cool and refreshing water to get a closer look. 

Be sure to bring your swimsuit on a hot day. While the water is not deep enough to swim, you can go for a dip and cool off under the waterfall. 

Eagle Cliff Falls

Things to do near Eagle Cliff Falls

Visit Watkins Glen State Park

Be sure to check out nearby Watkins Glen State Park, before or after visiting Havana Glen Park. This is a must-visit in the region and allows you to spend a full day waterfall hopping. 

Read More:Watkins Glen State Park: Hiking the Gorge Trail

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Spend some time relaxing near Seneca Lake. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the lake, whether you are hanging out at Seneca Harbor, at a winery with views of the lake, or on a boat cruise.

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The area around Watkins Glen, New York, is filled with many fantastic waterfalls. From the world-renowned Watkins Glen State Park to roadside waterfalls like Hector Falls and Shequaga Falls, there are many beautiful spots to visit.

However, in addition to the well-known falls, there are also some hidden gems in this corner of the Finger Lakes. Eagle Cliff Falls in Havana Glen Park is one of these.

Eagle Cliff Falls at Havana Glen Park in Montour Falls, NY

Havana Glen Falls is located just outside of Montour Falls in Schuyler County, New York. This park features several camping spots, a nice playground, and sports’ fields. However, the main draw at the park is the incredible hike to Eagle Cliff Falls.

Eagle Cliff Falls is a 40-foot waterfall that flows almost impossibly between two towering rock walls. While it almost looks man-made, this waterfalls is completely natural.

The waterfall is located at the end of a short and relatively easy hike, and it only takes about 5 minutes of walking to reach the base of this great waterfall.

Trail to Eagle Cliff Falls at Havana Glen Park near Watkins Glen, New York

Along the trail, there is one set of metal stairs that must be ascended, but otherwise, the trail is relatively flat, though narrow and with a few obstructions. A railing has been set up on one side of the trail to keep you from slipping into the gorge below.

While walking the trail, take note of the towering stone walls to your left and the small waterfalls to your right.

Waterfalls in Havana Glen Park in the Finger Lakes of New York

While Eagle Cliff Falls at Havana Glen is far from the tallest waterfall in the region, it’s easily one of the most impressive. The amphitheater-like setting in which it sits is like nothing I’ve ever seen. It really makes you stop and wonder how a waterfall like this was created given the straight lines exhibited here.

At one point in time, this park featured a series of ladders and bridges that took you further upstream on McClure Creek so that you could see the gorge above the main falls and a few drops further upstream. Sadly, no remnants of this exist today and you are limited to enjoying Eagle Cliff Falls from below.

Hiking on the trail to Eagle Cliff Falls in Hanava Glen

The trail to Eagle Cliff Falls ends along the banks for McClure Creek, and there are great views to be had from the trail without getting your feet wet.

However, if you don’t mind getting a bit wet, there are a lot of great views to be had while exploring the area around the base of the falls. Just be prepared as the water here can be very cold and the rocks quite slippery.

It’s also worth noting that while the crowds here are light compared to many of the other waterfalls in the Finger Lakes, the visitors here often congregate near the base of the falls, making photos difficult, especially on crowded weekends.

Waterfall on McClure Creek in Havana Glen Park in Schuyler County, NY

I somehow got incredibly lucky and arrived at the waterfall just as a large crowd was leaving and had about 10 minutes to enjoy the falls with just my family until the next group came.

Luck aside, if you want to visit this waterfall without many visitors, I suggest coming on a weekday or early in the morning.

However, even if you can’t explore Eagle Cliff Falls at Havana Glen Park without a crowd, this is still an incredible waterfall to see near Watkins Glen, New York.

How To Get to Eagle Cliff Falls in Havana Glen Park

Trailhead the hike in Havana Glen Park

The entrance to Havana Glen Park is just off of St. Catherine Street (Route 14) about a five-minute drive from downtown Watkins Glen. If you are driving from Watkins Glen, make sure you take a minute to enjoy both Shequaga Falls and Aunt Sarah’s Falls in Montour Falls while driving through town.

The entrance to Havana Glen Park can be found at the following address: 135 Havana Glen Rd, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Metal staircase on trail to Eagle Cliff Falls at Havana Glen Park

There is a $2 per car entry fee that is charged at the park, and obviously a more expensive charge if you opt to camp here. The park is open from mid-May through mid-October each year.

Once through the entrance, stay to the left at the split and keep driving until you see a large parking lot at the end of the road.

The trail starts adjacent to the creek at the end of the parking lot.

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Location / Directions / Maps

Location: In Havana Glen Park; Village of Montour Falls; Town of Montour, Schuyler County; New York.

Maps:Google map; Topographic; Interactive.

GPS: Park entrance: (N 42.33709 / W 76.83316)
Trail head: (N 42.33578 / W 76.82941)
Eagle Cliff Falls: (N 42.33467 / W 76.82588)

Directions: Take Rt. 14 to the south end of Montour Falls and turn onto Havana Glen Rd. Turn where you see the Havana Glen Park sign on the right. Adjacent to the trailer park is Havana Glen Park. Follow the loop around the park to the parking lot on the far end.

Or use Google Directions.

Parking: Parking for roughly 15 cars is available in the lot near the trail head at the far end of the park. Additional parking is also available along the park loop. Try not to interfere with campsites. Keep your vehicle speed low-there are kids playing.

Information / Accessibility / Accommodations

Eagle Cliff Falls - Havana Glen - New York Waterfalls near Watkins GlenNumber of falls: Several small waterfalls and one large one.

Size/Types: Eagle Cliff Falls is 41 feet high with a 16 ft wide plunge in a nearly enclosed amphitheater of rock. Numerous small cascades can be encountered along the way including a staircase-like falls that parallels the trail.

Best time to visit: Spring, summer, fall. The park is closed after mid-October, so visit early in the fall. For photography, avoid during peak camping season.

Flow: Moderate; consistent. It may have less dramatic flow in the dry summer, but it is rarely completely dry.

Waterway: McClure Creek, a tributary to Catharine Creek, which is the main inlet into Seneca Lake.

Time: 20 minutes for the Havana Glen trail.  We feel one can easily spend several hours photographing around the glen and park.

Seasons/Hours: Park open in season only – approximately from mid May through mid October. Dawn to dusk.

Admission: $2 per car. Free in the off-season.

Handicap accessibility: The main park and facilities are. The view of the first set of falls is. The glen trail is not.

Pets: Allowed in the park on leash. Not allowed on the gorge trail for safety reasons.

Camping: Campsites are available. 14 electric sites and 10 tent sites. Call for more information: (607) 535-9476.

Accommodations: Restrooms; showers; pavilions; picnic tables; playgrounds; informational signs; trails; playing fields.

Havana Glen Park, which includes Eagle Cliff Falls, is a well-developed town park at the south end of the village of Montour Falls. It provides for excellent recreational opportunities as it has ball fields, playgrounds, camping facilities, and a beautiful (but short) hike through Havana Glen. We found this to be an excellent location to spend the day, but one may want to avoid hot summer weekends as the place can get very busy.

The park contains various species of rare native New York State plants, and has been classified as an important area for birding, as over 100 species have been documented here. McClure Creek, the source of Eagle Cliff Falls, has been designated a trout stream, and is thus protected to allow for migratory fish from Seneca Lake to safely spawn.

Eagle Cliff Falls is interesting in that it pours down from a deep gouge cut by the stream halfway into the gorge. Currently it sits in a hanging valley at least 60 ft below the towering cliffs on each side. The narrow notch cut by the creek above the falls propels the water at a formidable speed, keeping this falls strong year-round. The crest spans 15 feet across, and more than half the water that passes it rebounds off a smaller ledge a few feet below. The water then plunges out into the creek bed 40 ft below.

Surrounding the falls area is a seemingly enclosed cathedral of vertical rock, complete with towering spires, moss covered limestone and Eagle Cliff, a spread-wing eagle profile naturally carved into the rock face. The amphitheater is so large, it gives the impression of the waterfall being very narrow, but step directly in front of the falls and you’ll see that it is actually quite wide.

Above Eagle Cliff Falls are more large waterfalls and stone chasms, once accessible a century ago when this was a private tourist attraction, but now not only is it off-limits, it is also dangerous to reach. A half mile upstream the gorge widens into Mitchell Hollow, a massive fertile expanse of heavily wooded watershed reaching all the way to Odessa. It too is off-limits.

Havana Glen - Waterfalls near Watkins Glen

Difficulty: Easy.

Markings: Marked trail with gravel and wood deck walkways.

Distance: A few hundred feet at most.

The Glen Trail is very short and only climbs 5 modest flights of stairs. It starts from the parking area, proceeds up the left side of the creek, past numerous small falls and ends at the entrance to the Eagle Cliff amphitheater. Once there, you can creek walk closer to the falls.

Once there, feel free to walk behind the falls and in the shallow pool below it. We highly recommend you do not scale any walls, and that you keep a look out for falling rocks. In high flow dipping under the falls could knock you over. Be careful.


Havana Glen Interactive Map

Havana Glen and the surrounding area were shaped by the advance and retreat of numerous glaciers during the last ice age. At one time, Seneca Lake was at a higher level than it is today, and the whole of Havana Glen Park was under the lake.

The area has a rich human history. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) flourished in the area, utilizing the glen’s medicinal and edible plants, such as Goldenrod and Mayapple. Catharine Montour or Queen Catharine, was a matriarch of the Seneca tribe of the Iroquois during the late 1700’s. Known to be the daughter of a native Huron and a French official, she was well versed in both cultures. Since she could speak English in addition to native languages, she was influential in dealing with early white settlers in the area. Montour Falls was previously known as ‘Catharine’s Town,’ but was destroyed during the Sullivan Expedition during the Revolutionary War. Rebuilt by non-native settlers, the town was then called Havana, and renamed Montour Falls in 1890. The village of Catharine and nearby Catharine Creek are also named after Queen Catharine.

Montour Falls was an important trade stop and travel hub in its early years. It played an important role on the Seneca Lake Inlet when the Chemung Canal was built in 1827. The Chemung Canal connected Seneca Lake with the Chemung River.

The development of Havana Glen as a scenic destination began with nearby Watkins Glen’s growing popularity. A long-standing administrative rivalry between the village of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls (then Havana) extended to their natural wonders. As Watkins Glen brought in upwards of 60,000 visitors a year, entrepreneurs began developing Havana Glen to be an attraction of its own, with much more of the glen accessible than there is today.

Havana Glen and Eagle Cliff Falls Media

Montour Falls LibraryCatharine Valley Trail

Catharine Valley Trail, when completed, will extend 12 miles from Watkins Glen State Park to Mark Twain State Park in Horseheads, NY, passing through Montour Falls along the way. The trail follows the old Northern Central Railroad and the Chemung Canal towpaths with multiple historic sites along the way.  More information.

Montour Falls Library

Located on Main Street, the 150 year old building is simply magnificent, inside and out.

Eagle Cliff Falls -Havana GlenShooting the falls

  • The lower reaches of the glen are hard to photograph since most of the time the trail does not allow direct access to, or views of, the glen below. There is one excellent photographing opportunity right at the parking lot and trailhead where you can capture numerous small cascades lined up alongside the trail.
  • Bring a wide-angle lens due to the sheer size of the amphitheater. Try including parts of the natural rock formations surrounding the falls itself to capture a sense of the size.
  • Walk across the creek and to the right of the falls, which will give you an excellent vantage point to capture both the unique bouncing cascade and the outline of the eagle in the far side of the cliff.
  • There is a lot of spray close to the falls, so check your lenses frequently.
  • Don’t forget to include Eagle Cliff.
  • Try including people in your photos of Eagle Gliff Falls to give a sense of scale.

Silky Water Effect

  • To get that smooth cotton-candy look to the falls, you need to use a Neutral Density (ND) filter on your lens. The ND filter will block some of the light from entering the lens without altering the color, and thus allow your shutter to stay open longer. This blurs the water and creates a soft white gloss to the foamy areas of the falls.  Check out the article for the all the details.

More tips

  • See the Articles for more photography tips.

Havana Glen Park
Town of Montour
Havana Glen Road
P.O. Box 57
Montour Falls, NY 14865
Phone: (607) 535-9476

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Eagle's Cliff Falls, Montour Falls: Tickets, Tours, Address, Eagle's Cliff Falls Reviews: 4.5/5


Monroe, CT528 contributions

Beautiful area

Sep 2020 • Couples

We went after dinner. Short walk to the falls along a narrow path - wasn’t crowded at all during our visit.

It’s an easy walk with one set of stairs but again it is narrow.

At the top near the falls is beautiful and peaceful - very quite with just the sound of the falls and the lush green everywhere!

Written September 1, 2020

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sarah C

Stroudsburg, PA203 contributions

Worth the $2.00

Aug 2020 • Family

Totally worth the less than 10 minute drive and $2.00 Short walk threw the woods to an amazing waterfall with the clearest water. We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves.

Written August 9, 2020

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Best $2 spent

Jul 2020 • Couples

There is a $2 honorary pay to visit . Well worth the money .Find parking area and enjoy a well maintained path on a short walk along the way some small waterfalls . There are a few steps to climb . We were pleasantly surprised at end where larger waterfall was carved out . Definately include on out next visit itinary to Montour Falls . We spent approx 30 mins here .

Written July 20, 2020

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Almost Jurassic!

Oct 2019 • Couples

While visiting Watkins Glen we took side trips to find other falls. This is definitely worth it! It was amazing that day.

Written October 8, 2019

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Short hike - fairly easy and a beautiful waterfall awaits at the end!

Sep 2019

This is one of my favorite falls! Many of the other falls in the area dry up to a trickle - but not this one. It's always beautiful and fun to walk around in the water. The walk has one steep staircase, but it's short and the rest of the walk is very easy and short. There is a $2 entry fee - but worth so much more! Definitely a must see - if you're looking to see waterfalls.

Written September 22, 2019

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.


Johnstown, PA93 contributions

Real pretty and accessible

Aug 2019 • Family

This was a pleasant surprise for us. We got here around 10:30 AM and had 20 minutes to ourselves to explore and walk behind the falls. It was very picturesque. We both feel that if we had not been alone there, our rating would've dropped to a 3. $2 donation on the honor system. Do yourself a favor and get there early.

Written August 21, 2019

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cool Falls, Tricky find

Aug 2019

This is a nice little waterfalls. It is sort of tricky to find. You go to Havana Glen Park. Once you are on the property (next to the town barn means you are in the right general area) you just take the road on the left and follow it all the way back to the parking lot. Park the car and just walk to the sound of water. The trail / path is pretty easy to follow and find. You see a few small waterfalls and eventually come to a real large falls. The last part of the trail is a little more tricky. You might want sandals or flip flops to get right up the falls at the end. Overall it is quick little trip, an hour round trip is more then enough time. Definitely worth the trip since it was pretty empty the day we were there, nothing like the crowds you will see at other falls.

Written August 16, 2019

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jason P

Lansing, MI699 contributions

Loved this waterfall and in a small city park

Jun 2019 • Couples

Was pleasantly surprised by the falls. Located in almost a circular stone canyon, falls drop off what almost looks like a long platform. Beautiful scene.

Short five minute hike into the canyon along a narrow but easy trail. Entrance fee is $2/car and follow park road to end of park to parking lot for falls.

If it is a warm day, you can go swimming in the shallow pool at the base of the falls.

Written June 15, 2019

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di v

Paramus, NJ179 contributions

Awesome Falls

May 2019 • Couples

These falls are located in the middle of Havana State Park. We didn't see any signs to indicate where the falls were so be careful not to miss them. There is a easy walk way up the side of the falls- from the bottom to the top; definitely worth taking.

Written May 21, 2019

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Beautiful and fun!

Jun 2018 • Family

About a 30 min hike to the falls. Beautiful the whole way and a great place for a dip. Water is smooth and shallow so ideal for kids!

Written March 20, 2019

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We are bringing our grand children if all,ages, can they play on the swings, even though we are not camping there? Just going for the day, and bringing food to cook on grill. How far is the playground from the shallow falls and the area for cooking out, is there grills

I am sure you have already been for your visit here. But for anyone reading this that may also want the answer. You do not have to camp here to utilize the park. I take my grandson here often to play on the playground. There are grills here. There are also pavilions that you can reserve and rent. If not rented out for the day you can utilize them also. Lots of picnic tables. The water is very close, on the back side of the furthest pavilion and the Falls is only a few minutes to walk up to it.

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Eagle Cliff Falls

Eagle Cliff Falls is a 0.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Montour Falls, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.5 kmElevation gain9 mRoute typeOut & back

Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeFee

SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. The trail is only open from mid-May through mid-October. For more information, please visit http://www.townofmontourny.com/havana-glen-park--campground.html. This is a beautiful little glen tucked in behind a small campground that is a hidden gem. Pay the $2 to park and stay to the left past the campgrounds until the road dead-ends at the trailhead parking lot. It is an easy walk back to the falls with only a set of rigid steel stairs to climb. At the top of these steps the trail bends slightly to the left and from there you'll see the glen and the falls. Eagle Cliff Falls spills into the glen and is very photogenic. This is a great place for campers to cool off in the hot summer months. You won't get much hiking in, but you'll take a lot of pictures.

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