Tully, N.Y. — Only a few drips cascaded down the roughly 50 feet of the initial overhang falls on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Mother nature has essentially turned off Tinker Falls. So far this month, just 0.47 inches of rain has fallen at Hancock International Airport, the official Syracuse measuring station. June 2019, in contrast, saw 4.29 inches of rainfall.
Click and drag the below image for a 360 degree view of the mostly dry falls from Tuesday.
The prolonged dry, warm weather this year invites exploration of the creek bed and most of the area below the falls, usually obscured by the fast-moving flow. A narrow stream that has eroded rocks at the top of the falls is a perilous torrent in high water. At present, the low water level allows hikers to explore the stream closer to the falls.
Tinker Falls is a perfect family hike just south of Syracuse located in the Labrador Hollow Unique Area. A wide, stroller-friendly trail is approximately a half-mile round trip to the base of the falls. The trail continues across the creek and up steep stone steps to a well-trafficked area behind the falls.
The accessible parking lot to Tinker Falls is located on Rt. 91, just over the Cortland county line south of Apulia, New York. For more extensive information about the park, check out Get outdoors! Exploring Labrador Hollow Unique Area in south Onondaga County.
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