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

views

waterfall

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Cool

hiking
2 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!

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Easy trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

4 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
4 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

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail with a gorgeous waterfall at its end. Great place to take kids and pets.

7 months ago

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
7 months ago

Short busy trail with great views.

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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
8 months ago

An easy hike to the falls along a gravel path. Falls are spectacular. You can walk along the riverbed, if the water level is low, and get a unique viewpoint you cannot get from the trail. Bring water shoes if you want to do this.

hiking
8 months ago

Spectacular waterfall! I recommend to get there before 8AM to avoid crowds. The sun lights the fall by 9AM in August!

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful view of the waterfall. The walk is extremely easy and relatively short, but the view alone makes up for it. Perfect background for pictures that want to truly encapsulate Ithaca's beauty.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a nice hike around the top of the gorge to the main viewing spot for the falls. We saw a falcon which was amazing.

walking
8 months ago

Very easy stroll. Wide path. Lovely waterfall. Easily combined w another state park on same day.

hiking
9 months ago

great spot for pictures

9 months ago

Easy flat hard pack dirt trail leads to beautiful falls at the end. Couldn't get a good picture at the very end due to so much mist from the base of the falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Love the trail and falls. I highly recommend going past the main entrance and heading up the hill to the two overlooks. Water flow was a little low when I went but still absolutely beautiful falls!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, well traveled, and easy trail. Took my parents when they came to visit and they were very impressed.

hiking
10 months ago

Was great with all the recent rain.

hiking
11 months ago

great hike if you do the loop taking the north rim trail to the south rim trail, about 3 miles with ups and downs. Great views!!

hiking
11 months ago

a beautiful waterfall, we hiked (which was pretty much a straight walk) to the bottom of it which took about 25 minutes. wish we got to see the top view of it! nothing else too exciting though.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

This is one of my favorite short distance, easy hikes in the Finger Lakes region. The gorge trail is beautiful and the cliffs extend really high. The creek bed was pretty dry on my last visit (due to drought conditions), but there's usually ankle deep water flowing that you can take off your shoes and walk in. The rock is flat & smooth there also.

The falls are higher than Niagara Falls, but very narrow. They were just a trickle during our last visit, but they are still majestic. There is also a great lookout from the upper rim that is a really good place for photos.

The gorge trail is short, less than a mile and is very easy. We did this as a 2nd hike for the day and we were in & out in less than 2 hours. The gorge trail is good for dogs and children. I definitely would recommend this one for the views alone.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

What a gorgeous park, my jaw dropped at every corner. I parked in the lot off Jacksonville road (free) then hiked down the South Rim Trail, out and back the Gorge Trail, and up the North Rim Trail to finish the loop. There had been a good amount of rain so the falls were majestic! Be sure to check out the Upper Falls where the North and South Rim Trails meet at the top. Trails were well maintained, stone stairs as the trails come out near the lake. Will definitely be back again!

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