Barberville Falls Preserve
Barberville Falls: An Iconic Plateau Destination
Barberville Falls is now owned and stewarded by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. The 92-foot waterfall is one of the most iconic spots on the Plateau. RPA thanks The Nature Conservancy for entrusting us with this beautiful preserve and transferring it to us along with enough funding to match two grants for improving infrastructure at the site.
Barberville Falls, including the waterfall and surrounding forest, has been closed to the public between Memorial Day and Labor Day for many years. Our plan is to build new parking in an area less disruptive to neighbors, and a new trail so people can get to the bottom of the falls safely. Once this work is complete, we hope to open the preserve year-round.
About Barberville Falls
Barberville Falls is an iconic waterfall on the western edge of the Rensselaer Plateau, emblematic of the area's natural treasures. The 140-acre Barberville Falls Preserve features an excellent and healthy example of a hemlock-northern hardwood forest. It's free of invasive species and home to spring ephemeral wildflowers and diverse wildlife.
Above the falls, the Poesten Kill drains about 35 square miles of the Rensselaer Plateau — an area from Dyken Pond on the north to Taborton on the south. The stream flows down this dramatic waterfall and then passes through a deep gorge.
Check out the Barberville Falls Preserve on this TNC map.
What to Expect
There's much to do to plan out parking, trail improvements, and safety and security for visitors. Please stay tuned for more news regarding next steps,
and bear with us as we make this a great, and safe, place to visit!
Do you have thoughts or ideas about this project? Contact RPA Executive Director Jim Bonesteel, firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 712-9211.
Barberville Falls. Photo: Annie Jacobs