Photograph Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls Overlook

This quick hike in Taughannock Falls State Park leads to a beautiful 214 foot waterfall.

This is a quick and easy hike leading to an incredible 214 foot waterfall that is beautiful in all four seasons. Bring the whole family and hangout by the falls for the afternoon, weather permitting. During the winter, the falls transform the surrounding cliffs into a wall of ice and snow, but in the warmer months, the mist and shade near the falls provide the perfect retreat.

To reach the falls, park at the Taughannock Farms Inn along Highway 89, opposite Cayuga Lake, and head away from the road to find the trailhead at the edge of the parking lot. Take the well signed Gorge Trail all the way to the base of the falls. The trail is wide, relatively flat and friendly for the whole family.

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Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Layers - bundle up in the winter!
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RT Distance 1.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 644 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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Near Ithaca

Visited this state park in June 2017. Stayed 2 nights in a cabin located in the campground. Beautiful scenery albeit the rainy weather but I did hike the trail along Taughannock Creek. I have several awesome photos. Cabins were clean and roomy with storage shelving and a fridge/freezer!

Fantastic

The falls are amazing, all seasons! We go often, and it never gets old. Always great views, easy hike and so much to do here with the lake right across the road. Ithaca is gorges, highly recommended!

10/10

As the local's say "Ithaca is Gorges" Done this hike half a dozen times or so and never ceases to amazes me, don't forget to check it out in winter! Fun fact: This is the tallest single drop waterfall East of the Rockies!


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