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How to Get to Papermill Falls in Avon, New York

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There are many towering waterfalls in the Finger Lakes, but I’m often drawn to the smaller waterfalls as I find them just as fascinating, but often without the crowds. Papermill Falls near Avon, New York is one such waterfall.

Papermill Falls is located in northern Livingston County, about halfway between Letchworth State Park and Rochester, New York. 

This small waterfall is only about 10-12 feet in height, but it offers a lot of beauty and is quite easy to reach if you’re traveling through the region. Here’s everything you need to know to visit this great hidden gem.

How to Get to Papermill Falls

Wild flowers in front of Papermill falls in Avon New York
Papermill Falls is a beautiful waterfall in Livingston, New York.

Papermill Falls is located in Papermill Park just off of Route 39 about 3.5 miles south of Avon, New York. While much of the area around the waterfall is farmland, the land directly adjacent to the falls is forested.

There is a gravel parking lot for Papermill Park that can be found at the following coordinates: 42.871416, -77.761795.

Parking for Papermill Park in Avon NY
Looking towards Papermill Road with the parking area on the right of the image.

This is a small park that has little available other than the waterfall and a short walk along the creek. However, it’s worth noting that the park’s property ends just downstream of the base of the waterfall, so make sure to keep an eye out for any signs denoting private property if you decide to explore beyond the waterfall.

Just above Papermill Falls, there is an old bridge that crosses Conesus Creek. This adds a neat element for photos and a bit of history to the area, but the bridge is, unfortunately, a target for graffiti.

Historic bridge in Papermill Park in Livingston NY
The old bridge over Conesus Creek near the falls.

Conesus Creek is a small waterway that serves as the outlet for Conesus Lake, the westernmost of the 11 Finger Lakes. Since it serves as an outlet for the lake, that means that it often has water even when other waterfalls in the area are dry.

This makes it a great spot to visit even in the dry summertime.

Papermill Falls is located just steps from the parking area. If you want to just get a quick look or can’t hike to the bottom, it’s easy to see from above while standing on the old bridge at the crest of the falls.

Trail to the base of Papermill Falls in Avon New York
There is a steep trail to the base of Papermill Falls.

However, if you are able to, a short user-created trail can be followed from the parking lot side of the stream to the base of the waterfall. This offers the chance to get great views of Papermill Falls.

While the waterfall is only about 10-12 feet in height, it is about 30 feet wide, which makes it quite impressive. Instead of a single drop, this waterfall consists of many shelves that add a lot of beauty to this waterfall.

Papermill Falls on Conesus Creek in Livingston County New York
Papermill Falls is quite a beautiful waterfall.

It also features a 45-degree turn on the left side of the waterfall that adds even more visual interest to this beautiful waterfall.

Unsurprisingly, the best views of this waterfall can be found at the base and may require getting your feet wet. However, there are also nice views from near the crest or from part-way down the trail to the base of the falls.

Ultimately, no matter where you choose to view this waterfall from, you are sure to enjoy this beautiful spot.

Papermill Falls in Papermill Park near Avon NY
Another view of Papermill Falls.

That being said, this is a small waterfall and is more the type of waterfall that will be most enjoyed by photographers or waterfall enthusiasts. If you just want to see an impressive waterfall, you’d be better off checking out the nearby waterfalls in Letchworth State Park, High Falls in Rochester, or even Honeoye Falls.

However, if you do decide to visit Papermill Falls, you are sure to enjoy this beautiful and easy-to-reach waterfall in New York.

Looking for even more places to visit nearby? Check out the Jell-O Museum, the National Warplane Museum, Battle Street Brewery, and Stony Brook State Park.

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