Pronounced Tuh-GA-nick. The falls’ name is believed derived from the Algonquian Taconic (“in the trees”) or Taghkanic (after a Lenape chieftain killed in battle nearby). Taughannock falls carves a 400ft deep gorge through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone that were once the bed of an ancient sea. With a 215 foot plunge, this waterfall stands three stories taller than Niagara Falls.
Enjoy swimming in Cayuga Lake, a picnic area, concessions, a playground, camping, cabins and more! There is a marina offering parking for 25 rigs, a concession stand, and a protected harbor.
Enjoy the Summer Concert Series in the park, a fantastic way to enjoy music in beautiful Ithaca!
There are multiple hiking trails that provide views of the fall and the gorge.
Directions from Ithaca
Take Rt. 89 north 8mi to Taughannock Falls State Park. The gorge and hiking trails are on your left. For an easier view, turn left on Taughannock Park Road and follow the signs to the overlook above the falls.
Taughannock Falls Gorge Tour