Photograph Indian Brook Falls

Added by Shaun O'Neill

Take a short simple walk to a beautiful waterfall near the Constitution Marsh and Audubon Center. This waterfall is great spot for the whole family to take in its beauty. 

This is about as short a walk and as little effort as you can put in for a beautiful waterfall. You can barely call it a hike, but I'll list it as such since you do walk through the woods for 5 minutes. The trail is extremely well built, and is pretty easily accessible through the winter.

The trail to the falls shares parking with the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary (41.404196, -73.934065) on Indian Brook Road. The parking lot is marked well. Constitution Marsh is to the right and is a lovely walk, but does not allow dogs. To the left you'll walk along the road, under the overpass, and see the trail sneak off to the right of the road. Cross over the creek, follow the trail left, and you're done!

This is a very popular spot with both locals and out-of-towners so be prepared to share the area, but there's plenty of room for everyone to relax, and enjoy it!

Please be respectful when you visit the falls -- remember to pack out what you packed in and leave it better than you found it. Please adhere to the rules posted on the sign to the falls -- Swimming is not allowed. 

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Waterfall

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Very Simple Hike

Very limited parking. Takes less than 5 minutes to get to the waterfall. It is a little small but worth the short hike. Also worth taking a right and visiting the nature preserve.

beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

I found this place because a friend I follow on instagram went there last week(july 2016). When I saw their pic I was super excited about going here. Then I read the reviews on this site and was super sketched out thinking that I would be arrested or something. Well I decided to go anyway and it was amazing! It's seriously beautiful. Super easy to walk to and not very dangerous. The only thing I would recommend is swim shoes because walking into the falls the rocks underwater are rigid and slippery as expected. But I managed to make it into the falls barefoot. It's less of a hike than constitution marsh, if you've been there. Like I've been wanting to take my mom who is 63 and out of shape to constitution marsh but she would definitely have a way easier time walking to this. The only hard part is actually getting in the water, which requires balance so that you don't fall on the slippery rocks that are underwater. It was seriously an amazing experience and there are signs posted that say "no swimming" but I think that's just so the state isn't liable since they own the land. When we were leaving an entire coach bus showed up with children on a field trip who were going to the falls. It's pretty safe. The worst that could happen is you slip while trying to walk in. There's no jumping area so you don't need to worry about jumping from a high distance and being impaled. It was one of the nicest, purest waterfalls I've ever been to and I plan on going back in a few days. I recommend it to everyone and can't wait to go back. Also oh yeah right underneath the waterfall there's a rock you can sit on and let the water fall on your back and massage you. When we went some old guy randomly popped out of the woods by himself and swam to the rock and let the water fall on his shoulders for like a half hour and then asked if we wanted a turn. Definitely try out the waterfall masseuse! Have fun!!!!!

🥇Top Contributor

over 4 years ago

Easy and Beautiful

Quick and Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall! whats not to love?

Disappointed!!!

Parking was nonexistent, "No Parking" signs are posted everywhere. People parked all over, blocked the entire roadway, forcing the police to respond. Cars were ticketed and towed away. Swimming is now prohibited at the falls and the people running the Marsh were quite rude. Will not return!!!!

No Swimming

Maybe it used to be different, but now they do not allow swimming at all in the falls.

Stay Nearby

Philipstown, New York

Downing Wood

This is the perfect campsite for getting out of the city and back to nature, for novices and expert campers alike! Fully equipped with a Casper mattress & pillows, with clean bed linens includ...

From $165/night

Tomkins Cove, New York

Bear Mountain Inn

This 63-room Inn handles Wedding and Corporate events up to 250 people. The Full Services Restaurant serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and our Café and Store are open Daily. 

From $109/night

Hopewell Junction, New York

Cooke’s Creek

Cooke’s Creek has been called “the best camping adventure around” and we were recently featured in Hudson Valley Magazine for our “peace and solitude of the surroundings”. Our profits go to the “St...

From $139/night

Hopewell Junction, New York

Hopeland Rest

Hopeland Rest has been called “the best camping adventure around” and we were recently featured in Hudson Valley Magazine for our “peace and solitude of the surroundings”. Our profits go to the “St...

From $139/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Kayak the Hudson River in Cold Spring

    North of New York City by 90 minutes lies the town of Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley. Cold Spring has a hometown quality with a Main Street, a firehouse, and art galleries of local artists. Despite its proximity to NYC, locals maintain a slower ...

  • Hike the Cornish/Brook/Notch/Washburn/Undercliff Loop

    This loop is a great option to avoid crowds on the west side of the Washburn trail.  Start at the same trailhead for the Washburn Trail.  The Cornish Trail is on the left and there is an obvious sign at the trail split a few feet from the parking ...

    8 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Hike Mt. Taurus (Bull Hill)

    Mt. Taurus (or Bull Hill) is a short, family and dog friendly, hike just outside the town of Cold Spring, easily accessible by car or taking the train into town. It snakes along the edge of an old quarry that is just now being retaken by nature an...

  • Hike the Washburn/Nelsonville/Undercliff Loop

    This is a difficult loop hike that has several different starting points.  I chose to start at the Washburn Trail Head, which is the lowest starting point you can select.  Nearly on the Hudson River, the trail ascends immediately along a well main...

    7.2 miles 2000 ft gain