Hike the Gorge Trail to the Base of Taughannock Falls

New York Taughannock Falls Gorge Trailhead

Added by Ross Kyker

No matter the time of year this is a must do while in the Finger Lakes! Simple but rewarding hike! 

The trailhead is located right off NY Route 89 with plenty of parking just across the street from it. Be sure to take your camera and tripod because these 215 ft tall falls are a sight to see! 

The hike to the base of the falls is a very easy 1.5 miles out and back. In the summer months the trail is well shaded and has plenty of places along the trail to cool off in the stream or wait until the end and catch the refreshing mist from the falls! Fall months in New York are some of the best colors you'll experience but often hard to plan for since peak colors last only about 2 weeks and change from year to year. 

If you plan on taking photos early morning is best to avoid crowds. This is a pretty powerful waterfall so to get the soft cottony look you won't need much more than a 1-2 second exposure. Because of all the surrounding trees its always a good idea to take a circular polarizer to reduce the glare on the water and brighten that foliage! To capture the power of these falls you'll need 1/50th of a second or faster to freeze the motion.

To hike to the overlook of the falls, check out this adventure: https://www.theoutbound.com/ne...

Pack List

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Tripod (recommended)
  • Circular Polarizer (optional)
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Camping, Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography

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Year Round

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1.5 Miles

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0 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
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17 days ago

Great Sight

This is an easy hike (walk) to a very impressive waterfall. I recommend bringing a camera, tripod, and waterproof boots if you want to walk down into the rocky riverbed.

17 days ago

Added by Ross Kyker

September 2015 I made the decision to walk away from my career in Marketing to pursue my dreams. I sold most of my belongings, bought a motorhome, married my best friend and here we are today traveling across America sharing our journey I hope you'll join us and enjoy!

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