Taughannock Falls

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Taughannock Falls is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trumansburg, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

Directions from Ithaca, NY: Travel 8 miles north along SR 89. There is parking by the South Rim

hiking
1 day 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
4 days 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
10 days ago

Amazing trail ! Going again this weekend.

10 days ago

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

10 days ago

nice after a rain.

walking
19 days ago

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

hiking
28 days ago

One of my favorite spots in Ithaca!

29 days ago

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!

Well maintained. Lovely walk

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy. Lots of shade. A lot of people. Great hike after finishing the Rim Trails.

1 month ago

Nice hike around the rim. It’s about 4 miles. Great views. The gorge trail is spectacular. Super easy. You can walk the entire length in the water. Great for kids. Can catch Minos and crayfish.

hiking
1 month ago

The gorge trail was heavily trafficked today. It is a nice flat trail with the option of walking in the streambed, as long as the park patrol does not care. The reward at the end is a great view of the waterfall. It is more impressive from the view from the South Rim trail.

hiking
2 months 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Cool

hiking
6 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!

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Easy trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

8 months ago

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
8 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

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

walking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

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