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 400-foot 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.
Please go to the NY State Parks website for the most up to date notices of any park closures and to confirm if swimming is currently open. Due to the popularity of this park and capacity limitations in response to COVID-19, NY State Parks reserves the right to close entrances to manage crowd size for the safety & enjoyment of all.
Taughannock Falls Trails
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.
Ithaca to Taughannock Falls Directions
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)