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Ithaca Waterfalls

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 University, 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.

Traveling from NYC to Niagara Falls? Ithaca is the perfect place to stop along the way to see some other awesome waterfalls and get a good night's rest at one of our many local lodging establishments.

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!

Virtual Waterfall Experiences

Quick Facts About Most Popular Ithaca Waterfalls

Most Notable Waterfalls Tallest Height
Taughannock Falls 215'
Buttermilk Falls 165'
Ithaca Falls 150'
Lucifer Falls 115'
Lick Brook Falls 93'
Triphammer Falls 55'
Ludlowville Falls 35'
Potter's Falls 35'
Forest Falls 25'
Rocky Falls 25'
Cascadilla Falls 20'
Foaming Falls 15'


Most Notable Waterfalls Type of 'Falls'
Taughannock Falls Plunge
Buttermilk Falls Cascade
Ithaca Falls Cascade
Lucifer Falls Plunge
Lick Brook Falls Cascade
Triphammer Falls Cascade
Ludlowville Falls Cascade/Plunge
Potter's Falls Cascade
Forest Falls Cascade
Rocky Falls Cascade
Cascadilla Falls Cascade
Foaming Falls Cascade


Most Notable Waterfalls Best Ways to View
Taughannock Falls Hike In, Overlook
Buttermilk Falls From Base, Hike In
Ithaca Falls Roadside, Walk-Up
Lucifer Falls Hike In
Lick Brook Falls Hike In
Triphammer Falls From Bridge, Hike In
Ludlowville Falls Roadside, Hike In
Potter's Falls Hike In
Forest Falls From Bridge, Hike In
Rocky Falls From Bridge
Cascadilla Falls Hike Along Trail
Foaming Falls From Bridge, Hike In


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