Finger Lakes Summer Climbs in Grimes Glen, Naples

August 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm 3 comments

Creek hiking at Grimes Glen

Between the parking lot and the 2nd falls is family-friendly hiking.

Waterfalls, Naples NY

A view of the First Falls in Grimes Glen

At the southern end of Canandaigua Lake is the town of Naples. This charming little town is branded around grapes. Even the fire hydrants are purple. Right in the center of town is Vine Street. Follow vine to the end and you’re at Grimes Glen. Bring water shoes or sneakers that are good for walking on a slippery creek bottom AND hiking up the steep cliff walls.

Grimes Glen, 3rd waterfall

View from the top of the 3rd waterfall, looking down 60'.


Above the 3rd falls, a natural water-made bowl

Thanks to the efforts of the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Ontario County, the glen’s preservation is assured. In 2008 Grimes Glen became an Ontario County park. The park consists of 32 acres, including 3 waterfalls and a heavily wooded hillside along the creek.

From a small parking area, a brief trail leads to the creek walk, where you soon pass a mossy 60 ft waterfall, often referred to as “First Falls.” Around a bend, is the “Second Falls,” a 62 ft waterfall in two segments. The upper segment, a 16 ft drop, is only visible when backed away from the base of the falls, (or if you take the rope climb to the top). The remaining 46 ft drop empties into a wading pool.

Grimes Glen climb

View as you are climbing up the 2nd falls

If you DON’T have small kids and like a challenging climb, use the rope on the left side of the falls, and climb up, because the 3rd falls is very pretty and has an even better pool, with less hikers all around.

The water at the 3rd falls is deep enough for a dip. Once again, if you like a challenging little climb, — you can hike up to the top of the 3rd falls, and of course I had to — but you aren’t missing anything by stopping at the bottom. I love the hiking up, but I am not as keen about climbing back down.

Grimes Glen is far longer than the park itself, and after I hiked up the 3rd waterfall and continued on, it became apparent that I was outside the park and on posted land. The view after the 3rd falls is nice but it flattens out and goes on and on. I used my Blackberries GPS to help me bush-whack up the left side of the creek (towards a main road), and was very lucky to find an old road, which led to a farmer’s field, which led to West Hollow Rd (Cty Rd 33), and a LONG hike down the road back to Elizabeth and Vine Street, with an amazing Victorian house on the corner.

Victorian House, Naples NY

Beautiful Victorian, corner of Elizabeth and Vine

Naples New York, W Hollow Rd

The turbines have created a new sillouette on the distant mountainside

Of great controversy are the turbines, visible on the mountainside, miles away, from downtown Naples. I found them fascinating, as they looked like giant aliens doing aerobics. The locals seem to hate them, complaining that they are eyesores that have depreciated the value of the land. Regardless, this is a beautiful area — not to miss.

Naple, New York

View of the turbines from the main street of Naples, New York

Grape Lovers, Naples NY

Naples has branded itself around grapes.



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joe McHale  |  August 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    There is excellent summer time brown trout fishing in all of the pools of Grimes Creek.

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  • 3. KYLE  |  September 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    For more comprehensive information and more photos re: Grimes Glen…visit


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