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Rocky Falls on Fall Creek / Cornell Natural Areas

The Rocky Falls on Fall Creek is a 25ft cascading fall, producing green energy since 1904.

  • Open year-round
  • No fee
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Swimming is prohibited

Fun Facts

Fall Creek cuts a gorge 140ft deep through the Cornell campus. Get a bird’s-eye view from the suspension bridge at the Johnson Art Museum. Look upstream to see Rocky Falls and the 1904 hydroelectric plant—still operating, renewably producing about 2% of Cornell’s electricity.

Trail Info

Find the suspension bridge trailhead on University Ave., across from the Johnson Art Museum. Some steps. Easy trail. Open year-round.

Directions from Ithaca

Take Buffalo St. east (uphill) .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 is .2mi on your right.


Fall Creek Dr., Ithaca, NY 14850
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