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.

Nice and easy hike. Very icy. Micro spikes made it a breeze.

hiking
21 days ago

Cool

hiking
23 days ago

Was worried that the trail would be too slippery and icy with the warmer weather during our hike, but wasn't bad at all. Be prepared for lots of people and dogs, but a nice quick hike with beautiful scenery that never gets old!

Beautiful trails! I was there on 1/1/18 and the falls were gorgeous!

Easy trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

Loved it, truly breathtaking the rock walls are Huge! Any one w camera would love this trail I went my family, at the end of the trail you see the waterfall up close.

hiking
2 months ago

I do this trail every time I come to Ithaca. love this wide dirt trail easy walk to beautiful fall.
the trail at the base walks you to the lower platform but then at the top of the hill there is a scenic parking area to get the above view of the falls

Go after a few days of rainfall! Makes all the difference

Super easy trail but definitely worth it! Very scenic. Lots of friendly dogs as well!

hiking
4 months ago

It’s definitely a decent hike. We started on the North Rim, went to the Gorge Trail. We hiked back up through the Sound Rim trail back to the car. 5.2 miles in total. The views are amazing and there are most definitely smaller and more exciting trails to take.

walking
4 months ago

Easy walk to the falls. Be sure to visit the overlook as well.

hiking
5 months ago

nice walk with good views of the gorge walls. the waterfall at the end is also a great site to see

Beautiful, easy trail with a gorgeous waterfall at its end. Great place to take kids and pets.

This is a very easy hike to the base of the falls. It is a direct, flat wide path and you can easily hike this trail without hiking shoes or boots. The trail is parallel to a river for its entire length. The trail is open to the sun at times and covered by trees at other points.

Things to know:

You can not actually get to the base of the falls as the trail ends at an outlook which is a safe distance from the falls and any falling rocks

Wear water shoes if possible as you can walk in the flat bed river next to the trail and the kids love this

Across the street is a state park which you can walk or drive to. There is a large playground there and places to grill and eat right on the water

hiking
5 months ago

We did the rim trail and then the falls. Beautiful late summer hike, mid 70's, still good water flow over the falls. 5 miles, 2 hours, 1,063 elevation change. One of our favorites!

hiking
5 months ago

Short busy trail with great views.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing waterfall - goes without saying. It was extremely enjoyable for me to walk up the mostly dry bed to the waterfall. The area is so open and surrounded by tall stone on either side - it was a really cool experience. While I enjoyed the easy hike out and back, if you are looking for a photo opp I would suggest stopping at the overlook at the top.

on Taughannock Falls

hiking
5 months ago

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.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/taughannockfalls

hiking
6 months ago

An easy hike to the falls along a gravel path. Falls are spectacular. You can walk along the riverbed, if the water level is low, and get a unique viewpoint you cannot get from the trail. Bring water shoes if you want to do this.

hiking
6 months ago

Spectacular waterfall! I recommend to get there before 8AM to avoid crowds. The sun lights the fall by 9AM in August!

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