Tinkers Falls Trail

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Tinkers Falls Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tully, NY that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.3 miles 1394 feet Out & Back
kid friendly birding hiking nature trips snowshoeing walking views waterfall wild flowers
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Christina Russell
11 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Great hike! My husband and I are avid hikers. We just moved from San Diego California and we're hoping to find a hike that would be challenging and enjoyable. Beautiful waterfall, I can only imagine how pretty it's going to be once spring and summer set in! I would rate this hike an easy-medium. We took the light blue trail, great hike for our first hike in CNY.

Renee Concetta
1 month ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

With my dog, Hiked up the creek instead of the trail, so it was a little more fun. Then went up to hang glider point, 2 miles up hill, a trek, but great view at the top. It was pretty busy on a beautiful March 27, don't know if I would go there on a summer weekend, I bet it's mobbed with people...

Sammy Jennings
1 month ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Sammy Jennings
1 month ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Andrew Russell
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Becky Munro
2 months ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Outdoor Adventure Club
2 months ago

3 Completed4 Reviews

Loved the waterfall! Crazy steps, very slippery!

Jenny Tomatillo
3 months ago

8 Completed8 Reviews

Bobbie Sweeting
3 months ago

77 Completed11 Reviews

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Karen D.
3 months ago

Maria Paratore
7 months ago

41 Completed1 Reviews

Ok I love this area but please be careful not to get lost when hiking through here. If you are adventurous and go to the right trail you will end up at spruce pond. Everything is marked in blue so the trails have no markings as to their mileage or the fact that they don't come together and bring u back to the falls. Long story short I found this out the hard way. Been hiking for years and never got so lost and in the dark.. So stay to the left trail unless you are starting very early in the morning in very good weather conditions

James Long
7 months ago

7 Completed5 Reviews

Others have said this, so I'm repeating. Timing is important. We went to the falls during a dry spell and there was really no waterfall to speak of, just a drickle. But one could imagine that the spring thaw is pretty awesome.

The steps are steep and would be tough for little kids to manage. I took my 5 year old up, but the 3 year old stayed with mom at the bottom. Lots of people walk their dogs around there. Some dogs are friendlier than others.

It's not really a hike so much as a destination not far from the road, although it's connected to a lot of trails, there if you want a good hike, there is plenty of trail available.

I plan to go again after some good rainfall.

Deborah Pollack
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fun trail to go back behind waterfall. You should definitely hike the extra mile to the hang-glider spot once you get to the top of the falls. It's not well marked to know how to get to that trail though, so here is what you do. At the top of the falls stay to the LEFT of the stream. Look for light blue blazes (if you cross the stream and go up the stairs to the right there are also blue blazes but that is the other part of the North Country trail). Follow the light blue blazes up the hill to the left of the Falls for about a mile and you will get to a gorgeous spot to overlook the valley.

Jorge Hernandez
10 months ago

11 Completed9 Reviews

Last minute decided to see this fall, it was around 6pm and overcast. Light walk towards the fall, in order to go see the fall just have to cross a creek then up a steep bank to the top and walk behind the falls. I think because of the light rain it provided a strong current and flow, so I was very lucky. I try to go on the trail to see the pond on the end of it but the rain made it difficult since I didn’t have rain gear.

Emily Wingenbach
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Michael Harriff
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Timing is important. There's obviously more water going over the falls after a thaw or during a rainy period. A very easy hike, with a nice view below, behind and above the falls if you walk the stone steps across the creek bed. On the blue blazed trail is a moderate elevation that leads to a hang glider launch overlooking the pond, the nature boardwalk and various farms in the valley below. The view is well worth the extra time.

SallyAnn Bruce
1 year ago

29 Completed25 Reviews

We took our hike back in 2011 in June. The waterfall was beautiful. We continued on up the trail past the waterfall and had a great hike. Came out on the road and walked back to our vehicle.

Steve Friedman
1 year ago

5 Completed4 Reviews

Not really a hike as its only .5 mile to waterfalls that were pretty much dried up, I guess If they were better it would have been worth the drive.

Chelsea Seeber
2 years ago

10 Completed1 Reviews

The dog and I loved this trail. It was rough going back down in the snow and mud, but the trail was very clearly marked. Nice and steady with very few steep areas made for a relaxing hike up, and the falls were really neat, as well. I hiked the back way from Herlihy Rd., which made it a few miles there and back. Definitely will be making a return trip in summer.

Big Dream Walker
3 years ago

29 Completed21 Reviews

Great hike from Tinker Falls to hang glider take off area and back. Fresh snowfall made going to Spruce pond too difficult. Return trip I took the blue blazed Onondaga trail to top of falls - this is why I love hiking. Great trip.