Taughannock Falls State Park's namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. A multi-use trail--hiking, cross-country skiing--winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds. Boat Launch Site not suitable for any type of sailboat. The park also offers organized activities including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront.
The gorge is worth the drive and the walk. There wasn't much water flowing while we were there, but the gorge was still amazing. I thought the signs about the falling rock was a little much, but then were heard a loud crack and several pieces of shale broke away and dropped into the pool and the bottom of the falls. Parking is limited at the bottom trail head. New bathrooms and information center recently opened the overlook. the upper falls and gorge were worth a look as well.
Hiked this with my infant, dog and husband. There is a drought going on now but it still really is beautiful! I would recommend the gorge trail for those with your little one that begins at the bottom going straight to the waterfall, shaded and it's not steep. It's closed half way there but you can walk on the dried river bed towards the falls. The rim trail going up from gorge trail is pretty steep and there are several roots on the floor so watch your step, but it has points where you can stop and sightsee, and it's shaded as well. I'm definently coming back during the fall!
If you are here for the falls, you can only see the upper viewpoint. The lower view point is closed. It is only worth driving to the top and view the falls. The open trails are boring and the view point along the trail does not show much. The marina looks happening. Would have been a better trip if the lower access trail was available.
Loring S. on Taughannock Falls
This is a cool state park. The upper trail gives you cool views of the falls from a far, then the short lower falls trail takes you right up close. Check out my full write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.
Breathtaking waterfall! We hiked up the hill from the bottom parking lot to get to the top of the falls and did not think the trail was worth the hike (nothing to see). There is a parking lot at the top of the falls, which we knew, but we thought the trail might have had something to offer that we'd miss by just walking from the parking lot.. Nope. It was a nice walk in the woods anyhow.. The trail that leads to the bottom of the falls was really a flat, easy, beautiful walk to a gorgeous waterfall. We could've sat there all day. Love that it's open year round. Perfect place for children or elderly people that want to see Falls but can't climb stairs or hills.