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Waterfalls of New York State Paperback – August 9, 2012
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For treks that make a splash, try Waterfalls of New York State... It spotlights 40 hikes in the North Country, from Christine Falls, in Keene, to Butter Tub Falls, on the Oswegatchie River, outlining driving directions, walking times and trail conditions. (Adirondack Life 2012-12-01)
This is a great book for those who love waterfalls. (Joe Kelly Bonville Herald 2012-09-25)
With stunning photography and comprehensive descriptions of more than 100 of the state's most notable cascades and cataracts, Waterfalls of New York State works equally well as a coffee table book and as a travel guide. Authors and waterfall enthusiasts Scott A. Ensminger, David J. Schryver, and Edward M. Smathers provide travel directions, geological information, and of course beautiful pictures for each waterfall featured. Check out the dozen Hudson Valley favorites (including Awosting and Kaaterskill Falls) featured in the work, plan a day trip to farther-flung destinations like Watkins Glen State Park and, of course, Niagara Falls, or just admire some of the Empire State's coolest cascades from the comfort of your living room. (Poughkeepsie Hudson Valley 2012-12-01)
About the Author
Scott A. Ensminger, David J. Schryver and Edward M. Smathers all live in New York State, where they have ready access to the waterfalls in their regions. Edward Smathers is a professional photographer.
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So, that is the positive. The negative is in the detail. Namely, maps and directions. A map showing how to get to the waterfalls for each area would have been very helpful in addition to the general description. I, personally, find maps more easy to understand than descriptions. Also, the directions were sometimes excellent, but sometimes convoluted or only good if starting at a specific location. Again, a map would have helped with the directions if they included a cross street to enter into a GPS.
Overall, if you are not familiar with Waterfalls in New York, which I wasn't, this book was excellent in helping me decide that I wanted to make a trip here and that I wanted to go to the Ithaca region. It was also very helpful in selecting which specific waterfalls I would hike into. But once we got to Ithaca and were actually going to the areas with waterfalls, my friend and I primarily used another book that included maps to each waterfall.
It makes a great armchair travel log or it can be used a a trip planning book.
Photos are great; that is; beautiful.
The description are very helpful as well. The descriptions give good directs ( I hope) to locating each fall by car and then gives detailed information about how long of a walk or hike it would be from parking spot to the actual falls.
Worth the money. Could be a good "coffee table" book over the "holidays". Our local library featured it and I'm glad they did.
Something I didn't like or understand is that they broke up the state into 6 regions but only covered 5 of them.