World Waterfall Database
Book Review

Hudson Valley Waterfall Guide

Dunn, Russell (author)

Black Dome, 2006
Edition 1
Format Guidebook
Print Style Black and White
Book Type Guidebook
Page Count 344
ISBN 1-883789-47-8
In Print? Yes
Ratings
Picture quality (2)
Picture Quantity (2)
Accuracy of Content (5)
Thoroughness of Content (4)
Production Value (4)
Recommended

Reviewed by Dean Goss

This book is the third of a series of waterfall guide books authored by waterfall enthusiast Russell Dunn. The books are regional guidebooks, so there is no overlap or repetition of content from volume to volume.

"Hudson Valley Waterfall Guide" covers waterfalls in the Hudson River Valley from the Saratoga region to the Albany region as well as the Hudson Highlands and the Palisades. There are 101 waterfalls covered by this book vary from frequently visited to rarely visited, and from inaccessible or off limits due to posted property. It also includes waterfalls that no longer exist due to inundation by backwaters of various reservoirs serving the water needs of New York City. The 101 waterfalls are grouped into multiple sections which simplifies coordination of visits.

Like other books in the series, this book isn't printed in color, so suffers accordingly in the ratings, but it's rich in content and historical notes. Like all his books, Russell Dunn has obviously researched his material thoroughly and the text is accordingly well written.

The illustrations, with the exception of the cover, are limited to black and white reproductions of old postcards, some engravings, and black and white reproductions of Topo! (National Geographic's software version of USGS topographical maps) contour maps. This particular book has more photographs of dams or old mill sites than the other books in this series. I believe this reflects the industrious nature of the people who have inhabited the area for much of the last 400 years.


The Bottom Line: While this book (and the other books in the series) aren't coffee table books, and the plates within aren't suitable for framing, the book is a solid guide to the waterfalls in the area it covers. If you look for waterfalls in the Hudson Valley region, this book will be a valuable addition to any waterfall enthusiast's library. In relation to the others in Mr. Dunn's series, this book provided more waterfalls that I didn't know of prior to reading the book. I enjoy the challenge of assimilating new information, particularly when it comes from a rich vein.

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