Second only to Niagara—Cohoes Falls, also known as the Great Falls of the Mohawk, is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains. The Mohawk River plunges nearly a hundred feet here, a navigation obstacle to early explorers, before emptying into the Hudson River. The falls have been regarded as a landmark, a sacred site, a scenic wonder and a source of power for generations.
Throughout Cohoes’ history, the Falls have been an important part in the redevelopment of the City. In fact, the word Cohoes is believed to have come from either the Native American word Ca-ha-hoose or Coho – meaning “falling or shipwrecked canoe.” Venture to the Cohoes Falls Overlook Park for an afternoon picnic or to get an overlook view of the Falls.
The four-acre Falls View Park offers visitors a scenic view of the Cohoes Falls never before open to the public. One can gain access to the park by walking on a footbridge over the power canals. Interpretive panels can be found in Fall Views Park’s canal-side plaza which were created by the National Park Service.