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Best trails in Taughannock Falls State Park

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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.
Description

Taughannock Falls has a dramatic drop that can be seen from gorge and rim trails both above and below the falls. Cayuga Lake is also a popular highlight in the park, with camping and cabins on the lake. The lake also has a marina, boat launch and beach and there is hiking and cross-country skiing available for visitors to enjoy.

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Map of trails in Taughannock Falls State Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
(607) 387-6739
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Top trails (3)
#1 - Taughannock Falls via Gorge Trail
Taughannock Falls State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 47 m
This is the quickest trail from the main entrance to the bottom fo Taughannock Falls. It is easy and heavily trafficked. This trail passes by a 20-foot cascade known as the Little or Lower Falls before you reach the main falls. Many people use this area for swimming or jumping into the pool but this is prohibited. Look carefully at the rock layers and you may see some fossils. Some visitors also choose to do the North Rim Trail and the South Rim Trails that circle the upper part of the gorge. You can also find this route on AllTrails. Accessibility: Although this trail is mostly flat and wide, it has a gravel surface and the rocks can be slippery. Most of the trail has a grade of 5% or less but at about 0.2 miles and from about 0.6 miles to 0.7 miles the grade is above 12%. Manual wheelchair or stroller users may need assistance navigating this trail due to the surface and steep section. There is also an overlook by the visitor's center for users who do not want to attempt the lower trail.Show more
#2 - Taughannock North Rim Trail and South Rim Trail Loop
Taughannock Falls State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
#3 - Taughannock Falls via North Rim and Gorge Trail
Taughannock Falls State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m