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Taughannock Falls State Park

Pronounced Tuh-GA-nick. The falls’ name is believed to have 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!

Important Notices

  • Swimming prohibited in gorge
  • Lifeguarded swimming in Cayuga Lake available seasonally
  • Marina for boating available
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Car parking fee
  • Transferable, valid all day at all NYS Parks

Trail Info

There are multiple hiking trails that provide views of the fall and the gorge. We strongly advise that you stay on the trails and not enter the water where a lifeguard is not present. The rock beds can be slippery, so if you do choose to walk through the shallower areas to cool off, please know that it is at your own risk, so please use caution. Water shoes with bottoms that grip are recommended.

  • Gorge Trail: 0.75mi along Taughannock Creek to the base of the falls. Easy
  • South Rim Trail: 1.125mi. Moderate
  • North Rim Trail: 1.5mi. Moderate
  • Gorge trail and overlook open year round. Other trails open April-Oct.

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 (of note: the sections of the trails on the following map that cross over water feature foot bridges, so there is no need to enter the water to cross)

1740 Taughannock Blvd., (Rt 89), Trumansburg, NY 14886
(607) 387-6739
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