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
7 days ago

Walked this gorge trail first before tackling the rim trail. It's beautiful inside the gorge - don't forget to look up along the walls! Read the interpretive signage along the way, too. If you prefer to avoid lots of people, go early in the day (and get good parking!). Accessible to wheelchairs, and seating for those who experience fatigue.

hiking
7 days ago

While the gorge trail is spectacular, this was the hike I was looking for to get a workout. Yes, it's rated as moderate, but the steps going up (and then coming back down) will challenge those small muscles above your knees! It was a bit disorienting when emerging at the overlook from way above - I wasn't sure where the rim trail picked back up (no signage until you get much closer) but I figured it out - just keep along rim :) A great hike around the gorge, for sure.

hiking
21 days ago

Did the South Rim Trail to the Gorge. Good sights from above into the gorge, but inside the gorge is way better.

1 month ago

Great views of the falls, easy hike

Pretty cool to think this waterfall is taller than Niagara Falls. Nice trail.

Beautiful trail! The gorge trail is a necessary addition in my opinion!

on Taughannock Rim Trail

1 month ago

A great place for a Sunday afternoon hike. Saw trillium and jack-in- the-pulpit this afternoon.

Nice long round trip. Added the gorge trail to make the total trip close to 5 Miles. This park is a great mix of good hiking, great views of the gorge and falls, and some touristy park areas if you want to hang out for the day, picnic, swim, etc.

The hardest part is the steps in either direction on the east side as you ascend to the rim. The rest is relatively flat.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely loved the hike. I just wish I knew what I had gotten myself into originally. Turns out there is a road through the park that will take you down to the base of the waterfall. I started at the top around the Rim and found myself hiking down and THEN traversing across towards the base of the waterfall. Won’t make that mistake twice...

hiking
1 month ago

Good for those that want the views as well as a more moderate hike

hiking
1 month ago

Phenomenal views of the falls. Has the option for an easier trail or more moderate trail.

Taughannock Falls is an exceptional family hike to an impressive waterfall. If you have time for only one waterfall visit, this is the one. Park in the Taughannock State Park lots near the trailhead. The trail itself is nearly flat and is wide enough for several people to walk side by side. Many walk the creekbed up to the falls while other prefer the trail. This is an great ADA-accessible trail well-suited for both elderly, strollers, and wheel chairs. Once you complete this short- flat hike, drive up to the viewing area on Taughannock Park Road for other equally great views.

Nice flat. Walk with little elevation. I hit the lookout first and then hit the trail. Wonderful pictures.

hiking
3 months ago

An absolutely beautiful trail that gives you a great look at the gorges and the falls below. One of my favorite trails!

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Cool

hiking
4 months 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
6 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 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
9 months ago

Short busy trail with great views.

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