Explore the most popular trails in Taughannock Falls State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Beautiful easy and scenic

hiking
11 days ago

Very easy hike! Beautiful waterfall at the end! Usually very busy on weekends.

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely easy, flat trail. Not very long and all open trail. Perfect with kids and dogs. Beautiful falls at the end.

beautiful when there has been a lot of rain

easy trail. pretty scenery

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular waterfall really tall and some tall gorges surrounding the pool of water below. Love this hike

Very nice/easy flat hike. Beautiful waterfall. Very tall. One of the prettiest.

A nice easy walk with a spectacular view of Taughannock Falls. Lots of people coming & going but never too crowded to get nice photos. The gorge is as spectacular as the actual falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. you can get close enough to feel the most off the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Started at the bottom and went up the south rim. Steps weren’t bad at all! Beautiful views, well marked trail. Overall a fun hike!

Great and Easy hike! Beautiful waterfall :)

Easy out and back to a beautiful waterfall.

walking
5 months ago

Easy trail out and back 3/4 of a mile. Glorious waterfall at the end. (I should add the waterfall is only glorious if there’s been considerable rain lately)We did walk in the water for a bit but it is super slippery so we got out and back on the trail. We also spent sometime at the beach across the street which was crowded but the water was so refreshing that we didn’t care.

incredible place.

walking
5 months ago

Excellent walk. Blue Stone path extremely wide. Wheelchair friendly with a little assistance. Kid friendly also. Fall was beautiful. Definitely would do again. And would like to hike a few trails next time.

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail - did this with 3 dogs in August. It was hot and the stairs are killer but will do this again!

hiking
5 months ago

Have done this trail a couple times and will plan to do again in the future!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy out and back trail. We went in the evening after a light rain. Not many people, and doing the trail in the evening gave it a very different feel. The falls are beautiful.

nature trips
6 months ago

We went to the overlook point n saw and we were not thrilled and then we drove to the gorge trail head, We started the hike and its less than a mile once we reached the falls it was surely a great feeling. We went after heavy rains so we could see decent amount of water but if you go in mid summer I doubt if you can hardly enjoy the falls. The gorge trail head is right next to Cayuga so we spent some time there as well, worth a visit!!

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing trail ! Going again this weekend.

Taughannock is one of my favorite NYS parks. A must see

on Taughannock Falls

6 months ago

nice after a rain.

walking
6 months ago

Nice easy hike to the falls, optional walk along the creek bed in sections. Good for kids and dogs!

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite spots in Ithaca!

just went today, there was just a trinkle of water where there is normally a big fall, which is disappointing. normally a beautiful spot however!

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is gorge-ous

Well maintained. Lovely walk

Hopefully this will be one of many.

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy walk towards the waterfall. The hike around the rim is a nice walk but the views are not as great as expected. Some days the waterfall is underwhelming.

walking
7 months ago

Nice walk around the rim. Mostly flat and graveled trail. Pushed my son with his broken femur in wheelchair. A few little incline workouts with the wheelchair, but no problem overall.

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