Overlook Park & Falls View Park
No visit to Cohoes is complete without taking in a view of the Cohoes Falls. 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, located at the corner of School Street and Cataract Street off of North Mohawk Street for an afternoon picnic or to get an overlook view of the Falls. Just minutes from 787 and Route 9, the Cohoes Falls are a spectacular regional attraction.
Falls View Park
This newly renovated 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 from North Mohawk Street on a footbridge over the power canals. The four-acre Falls View Park is adjacent to Brookfield Renewable Power's School Street hydroelectric generating facility. Interpretive panels can be found in Fall Views Park's canal-side plaza which were created by the National Park Service.
Visitors to Falls View Park can now enjoy a wide range of recreational and historical features including:
- A two-bus drop-off area and an informational kiosk along North Mohawk Street
- A 192-foot-long pedestrian bridge spanning the School Street power canal from North Mohawk Street to the primary overlook area
- Primary and secondary overlook areas with views of the falls and access to nearby trails
- Americans with Disability Act (ADA)-compliant facilities such as fishing platforms. These platforms are topped with IPÊ wood, a strong, dense wood, harvested only from naturally sustainable forests. This fire-resistant wood has very high wear durability in daily use, and is resistant to splintering and checking
- An 80-person amphitheater
The carry in/carry out park will be open during daylight hours from May through October. Off-street parking is available for park visitors.
Both parks were developed as part of Brookfield Renewable Power's 40-year operating license for the School Street hydropower plant granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Brookfield Renewable Power has over 100 years of experience as an owner, operator and developer of hydroelectric power facilities. Its portfolio includes more than 160 generating facilities with over 4,000 megawatts of capacity, of which 95% is sourced from renewable energy. The company owns and operates 75 hydropower plants in New Your State, with 14 in the Hudson River region. For more information, visit the Friends of Cohoes Falls Website.
- From Albany/I-87: Take 787 North to the end and follow North Mohawk Street until you reach the entrance of the park on your right. Parking is available across the street from the park entrance.
- From the East: Take Route 7 to 787 North to the end and follow North Mohawk Street until you reach the entrance of the park on your right. Parking is available across the street from the park entrance.
- From the North: Take Route 9 South to Cohoes Road just past the Crescent Bridge. Follow Cohoes Road along the river until you get to the park entrance on your left, parking is available on the right. Across the street from the entrance.