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DEC Shows Improvements at Carpenter Falls


The completion of improvements to improve public access at Carpenter Falls is officially done now according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The project totaled $1.27 million dollars and focused on enhancing safety and recreation opportunities for visitors.

“Carpenter Falls is one of the recreational, tourism, and environmental gems here in Central New York and DEC is committed to continuing to help improve and enhance the experience for all visitors while also continuing to protect the natural resources of this critical watershed,” Commissioner Seggos said.

The improvements include:

  • New on-site paved parking lot for 20 single vehicles, including accessible spaces, designed with green infrastructure to manage storm-water
  • Bicycle rack to accommodate cyclists
  • Accessible toilet facilities with a screened enclosure near the parking area
  • New elevated boardwalk, leading 630 feet from the parking lot to an observation platform, accessible to people with mobility impairments
  • Accessible observation platform where visitors can enjoy a view of the 90-foot-tall Upper Carpenter Falls
  • A new trail with stone steps to safely guide hikers down a steep ravine to view Upper Carpenter Falls from a unique, stream-level vantage.

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