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.

hiking
20 hours ago

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

hiking
2 days ago

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

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
10 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Short busy trail with great views.

hiking
22 days 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
23 days 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
23 days ago