Photograph Taughannock Falls

New York Taughannock Falls Overlook

Added by Shawn Grenninger

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.

For the hike to the base of the falls, check out this adventure:

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Layers - bundle up in the winter!
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Chillin, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



1.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

644 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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6 months ago


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!

6 months ago

7 months ago


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!

7 months ago

8 months ago

Beautifully Easy

Very beautiful and an easy trail you can bring dogs and family on. You can walk out on the rocks to get a closer look at the waterfalls, I went in March, 55 degrees out. You can go on top over looking the waterfall or you can go to the parking lot on bottom getting an up close look.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Very Rewarding

I was very glad to have checked out this spot. The trails are all very well maintained, and the parking lots are easily accessible. The waterfall itself is one of the best on the East Coast. I went in the winter and there was ice surrounding the falls, making it an amazing photo opportunity.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Enjoyed walking the Gorge Trail. We went in late August and was actually able to walk in the Gorge the majority of the way due to lack of recent rain. The falls however, were still flowing and quite impressive!!

9 months ago

Added by Shawn Grenninger

Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania exploring the beautiful outdoors by foot and kayak and spending the nights under the stars. I'm typically planning my next adventure before the current one ends and of course enjoy a good beer in the process.

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