If you've never checked out the Cohoes Falls -- or just haven't been there in a while -- you should really make the short trip there some weekend soon.
Views of the falls -- the biggest east of Niagara -- were long obscured by trees, a power plant and a faraway overlook. But the company that runs the power plant created a new park last year with much better views. And this year it opened a lower level that lets you get a lot closer.
The lower level of Falls Views Park is 10 stories below the overlook, according to signs on the site. As you would expect, that means a few stairs.
It's worth it, though. Viewed from below, the falls are even more impressive. You really get a sense of how high and wide they are.
Sometimes you can get even closer. During periods of low water, you're allowed to go down onto the flats near the river. Alas, that section was closed off when we stopped by this weekend.
Falls View Park is open dawn to dusk May through October. And it really does close. There are automatic gates that shut, blocking off the bridge that leads over the canal.
Bonus fact: Cohoes gets its name from the falls. According to the city's web site, the Native American word "Ca-ha-hoose" means "falling or shipwrecked canoe."
Falls View Park
North Mohawk St
Cohoes, NY 12047
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