A No-Spend Day Chasing Waterfalls

The artist, TLC, once sang a song about chasing waterfalls. The group advised against it:

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you’re moving too fast
DH and I went for one of our favorite walks, through the free gardens of The Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, NY (click here). As we were walking through the garden, I heard the constant sound of rushing water. There was a path just outside the Rose Garden that seemed to parallel the sound of the water. “Let’s go there“, I pointed as I asked my husband. We made our way down a sloping path as we headed towards the vibrations.
And this is what we saw:
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And this is what we heard:







For over 17 years, DH and I have been coming to these majestic grounds and never once did we know there were hidden waterfalls just outside the Vanderbilt Gardens. We always turned left after we exited the Rose Garden. This time, we turned right and took a two mile walk along a pathway hosting spectacular waterfalls.

Sometimes it’s good to go chasing waterfalls.
Here are some photos of the mansion grounds and the adjoining Italian Gardens, that were formerly established by The Vanderbilts in 1910. Click on any photo to enlarge. Enjoy:


  1. I haven’t been to Hyde park in many years…your beautiful photos remind me why I should put it on our “list to visit” soon!


    • Hi LynninRI. It gets prettier and prettier with each passing year. Been going to the Vanderbilt and taking walks along the Hudson. Had no idea the opposite side of the mansion had those gorgeous walks along the waterfalls. My new fave spot!


  2. Your blog is a perfect balance of objective facts and personal experience. I really enjoy reading it! Lovely photos 🙂


  3. Oh, Cindi, how refreshing this post is! So glad you discovered what lies beyond the rose garden. Your photos are stunning. I loved listening to the sounds of the waterfalls and streams. This post was a Calgon moment for me.


    • Hi Leslie. It was a great find. We plan to go back as often as possible. We only walked a part of the waterfall trail. Next time I’d like to explore it further. The whole entire walkway is next to the stream and waterfalls so you can hear the rushing water the entire time!
      Thanks for your kind words. And thank you so much for your comment.


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