Hike to Papermill Falls

0.75 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Trail 19 - Search Nearby - Added by Shawn Grenninger

Explore the Gibsonville area of Letchworth State Park highlighted by the 45 foot Papermill Falls.

The trail is marked as #19 on Letchworth State Park maps also known as Gibsonville Trail. The trailhead is located in the northern section of the park between the Highbanks Recreation area and the Highbanks Tent and Trailer camping. There is parking just north of the bridge that crosses the Silver Lake Outlet.

Follow trail #19 to the east of the road and explore the remains of what was once the hamlet of Gibsonville and the cascades and waterfalls of Silver Lake Outlet.


Easy Parking


0.75 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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Convenient and Unique

Papermill Falls aka Conesus Creek in the Town of Avon is a great spot for photographers. If you are low on time and are somewhat nearby, you can get a few great long exposures from at least three vantage points. The water is shallow enough and there are rocks at the center of the creek so that, with a tripod, you can gain some nice DOF with the rocks and moss at the forefront and the falls in the background. There is minimal mist/spray so do not worry about proximity to the falls. The overpassing footbridge makes this shot and though unfortunate, the graffiti underneath adds an urbex dimension and color pop with yellows, magentas, greens, reds. I recommend going there prior to golden hour and setting up so that you can catch the setting sun and it’s reflections off the water and light patterns emphasizing some of the vandalized areas Uber the footbridge.