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Forest Falls on Fall Creek / Cornell Natural Areas

Forest Falls on Fall Creek is a 25ft cascading fall with birds-eye view of a “hanging valley."

  • Open year-round, but with no winter maintenance
  • No fee
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Swimming is prohibited


Fun Facts

Rock-framed Forest Falls is just upstream of the Stewart Ave. bridge. Downstream, Fall Creek disappears over the crest of Ithaca Falls. Southbound glaciers bulldozed the Earth here, scraping out the Cayuga basin, leaving Fall Creek hanging—which is why geologists call this a “hanging valley.” 

Trail Info

View from the Stewart Ave. bridge, or hike the orange-blazed Cayuga Trail along the gorge rim for a closer look. The trailhead is at the bridge, near the “Cayuga Heights Historic District” sign. 0.2mi. Easy trail.

Directions From Ithaca

Take Buffalo St. east (uphill) 0.3mi and turn left on Stewart Ave. Go 0.8mi and turn right on Fall Creek Dr., just past the Fall Creek bridge. The small visitor parking lot in 0.2mi on your right. 


Fall Creek Dr., Ithaca, NY 14850
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