She-Qua-Ga Falls

Montour Falls, New York, USA

About She-Qua-Ga Falls

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-06-17
Date last visited: 2007-06-17

Waterfall Latitude: 42.34457
Waterfall Longitude: -76.85129

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She-Qua-Ga Falls (Shequaga Falls) is said to be the Native American name for the falls meaning “tumbling waters” though we have also seen it referred to as Montour Falls.

The waterfall was situated behind some charming colonial-style buildings and homes of the Montour Falls town near its main street. According to what we’ve seen in the literature, the falls is said to be about 156ft high. We also noticed a bridge above the falls partially hidden amongst the foliage. I believe this bridge was called the She-Qua-Ga Creek Bridge.

During our visit, we noticed a Louis XVIII of France sign at the start of the short path to the falls. According to that sign, he apparently sketched this waterfall while he was in exhile prior to becoming the “citizen king” of France. That sketch is now said to be in the Louvre Museum in Paris, which is quite cool considering an obscure waterfall like this can be seen by millions of people today in one of the greatest art galleries in the world!

So I guess this waterfall was another example of where history meets nature, which was the sense I got when exploring nature in the Eastern US.

We managed to see the falls flowing in mid-June, but I can totally see this waterfall go dry or trickle later in the Summer. I’m betting that Spring would be the best time to see this falls.


From the downtown Ithaca area, we went south on Hwy 13 which then junctioned with Hwy 224 towards Odessa. Turning right onto Hwy 224, we then took it to the town of Montour Falls where it junctioned with the Hwy 14. We then made a left onto Hwy 14 and quickly thereafter, turned right onto Main St. And at the end of Main St, it intersects with Genesee St, where we turned left and saw the falls on our right between a pair of historical looking buildings.

For geographical context, Ithaca was about 156 miles (under 3 hours drive) east of Buffalo, 167 miles (3 hours drive) west of Albany, or 233 miles (4.5 hours drive) northwest of New York City.

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