Whitaker Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Lewis County. Whitaker Falls Park is east of the village of Martinsburg. The park is an ideal vantage place of the scenic Black River Valley.
Whitaker Falls Park is a purely peaceful setting for camping, family picnics, or outings. The park has a playground for children with popular activities of swimming and hiking.
The tree-lined road leading into the park passes campsites and picnic areas to a pavilion with a turnabout. This point reveals a spacious view of the Adirondack Mountains. From here you can hike down the West Branch of the St. Regis River and gorge to Whitaker Falls. The falls is a 1-mile hike to the end of the Allen Falls Reservoir. Allen Falls is another 1.4 miles downstream.
Martinsburg is a town of 1,433 population, at 1,857’ elevation. It is 3.7 miles south of Lowville on route 26, with the Black River the east town line. It was named after founding father Walter Martin. Settlers first arrived in 1801. The town became county seat in 1812 until a change to Lowville in 1964. The Martinsburg Town Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A prolific inventor Walter Hunt was born in Martinsburg, living from 1796 to 1859. He created dozens of inventions including the lockstitch sewing machine, a forerunner of the Winchester repeating rifle (Volition Repeating Rifle), and most important of all the safety pin.
Whetstone Gulf State Park has a spectacular three-mile-long canyon cut into the eastern side of the Tug Hill Plateau, named Whetstone Gulf. The narrow gorge has 350-foot vertical walls of sandstone and shale with a 50-foot waterfall.
Lowville is a village of 3,470 nestled in the Black Valley between the Tug Hill Plateau and the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The village is at the joining of route 12 and route 26, west of the Black River and Mill Creek. The village name was from early landowner Nicholas Low who emigrated from Amsterdam in 1778.
Maple Ridge Wind Farm is the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi River, west of Lowville on Route 177. A visitor’s pavilion overlooks lush farmland to view the wind turbines with the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. Each turbine is 260 feet tall with turbine blades having a diameter of 270 feet. The wind farm became fully operational in January 2006, producing 75% of the states wind capacity.
Lowville is a 2:45 hour drive of 169 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 thruway to Syracuse then US 81 north to Watertown. Exit route 12 driving east to Lowville, then south on route 26 exiting on Whittaker Road to Whitaker Falls Park.
Summertime is a great time to spend in the outdoors with family activities and picnics. Whitaker Falls Park may be the perfect place to escape the routine of city life.