Ithaca Waterfalls are "Gorges"
As the saying goes, "Ithaca is GORGES!" What does that mean you might ask? Well, with over 150 waterfalls within 10 miles, Ithaca and the surrounding area were literally carved out by glaciers that formed gorges millions of years ago. If you are looking for the best waterfalls in New York, Ithaca is the place to visit. And the best news of all? Because these waterfalls are all so close to one another, you can see a bunch in one quick weekend trip!
Go up to Cornell Unversity, down to the Ithaca Commons, or head to one of the state parks, and you'll undoubtedly stumble upon one of Ithaca's mighty waterfalls. Venture outside of Ithaca, and the surrounding towns of Tompkins County also hold some amazing hidden gems that will provide the perfect opportunity for that oh-so-desired snapshot you've been looking for.
Whether you're looking for a quick view from the roadside, or like the idea of a good hike to see the falls, Ithaca has the experience you want. Take a look at some of the beautiful waterfall locations below and start planning your New York waterfall road trip today!
Quick Facts About Most Popular Ithaca Waterfalls
|Most Notable Waterfalls||Tallest Height||Type of 'Falls'||Best Ways to View|
|Taughannock Falls||215'||Plunge||Hike In, Overlook|
|Buttermilk Falls||165'||Cascade||From Base, Hike In|
|Ithaca Falls||150'||Cascade||Roadside, Walk Up|
|Lucifer Falls||115'||Plunge||Hike In|
|Lick Brook Falls||93'||Cascade||Hike In|
|Triphammer Falls||55'||Cascade||From Bridge, Hike In|
|Ludlowville Falls||35'||Cascade/Plunge||Roadside, Hike In|
|Potter's Falls||35'||Cascade||Hike In|
|Forest Falls||25'||Cascade||From Bridge, Hike In|
|Rocky Falls||25'||Cascade||From Bridge|
|Cascadilla Falls||20'||Cascade||Hike Along Trail|
|Foaming Falls||15'||Cascade||From Bridge, Hike In|
Whether you seek hiking trails, smooth water for sailing, or places to go cross country skiing, Ithaca has so many outdoor recreation opportunities for those that love being outside!
Explore the many multi-use trails throughout Ithaca & Tompkins County at IthacaTrails.org and plan your next outdoor recreation adventure. Find info about locations, difficulty, mileage, and more!