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Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge
Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge
Known for waterfalls and gorges views, the Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge is your guide to exploring some of the area’s most notable natural assets.
bridge across Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls
The tallest single drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains! Pronounced Tuh-GA-nick, this 215ft cascade is three stories taller than Niagara Falls.
(image by Stu Gallagher Photography)
Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls
Experience one of Ithaca's secret waterfalls this summer, a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch or just relax with a good book! With a 150ft cascading fall, watch Fall Creek's final plunge to Cayuga Lake.
Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Creek descends more than 500 feet in a series of cascades and rapids, and of course you can swim at the bottom of it.
Ludlowville Falls
Ludlowville Falls
Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek is a 35ft multi-plume cascade with a pioneer history.
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Cascadilla Gorge Ithaca New York
Cascadilla Falls
Picturesque Cascadilla Falls is a 20ft multiple cascading fall, the first on a popular gorge trail that connects Cornell University to downtown from College Ave. to Court St. Along the way, the creek drops 400ft past nine waterfalls.
Potter's Falls in Ithaca NY
Potter's Falls
This 25 ft. cascading fall on Six-Mile Creek is a great spot to soak in the sun away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area.
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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!

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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 or Overlook
Buttermilk Falls 165' Cascade Walk-up at base
Ithaca Falls 150' Cascade From bridge or Hike In
Lucifer Falls 115' Plunge Hike In
Lick Brook Falls 93' Cascade Hike In
Enfield Falls/Lower Falls 70' Cascade Hike In
Wells Falls/Businessman's Lunch 65' Cascade Hike In
Triphammer Falls 55' Cascade From bridge
Potter's Falls 35' Cascade Hike In
Forest Falls 25' Cascade From bridge, Hike In
Rocky Falls 25' Cascade From bridge
Denison Falls 21' Cascade Hike In
Cascadilla Falls 20' Cascade Hike along trail
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Discover the Trails of Ithaca

Explore the many multi-use trails throughout Ithaca & Tompkins County at and plan your next outdoor recreation adventure. Find info about locations, difficulty, mileage, and more!

Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge

Known for waterfalls and gorges views, the Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge is your guide to exploring some of the area’s most notable natural assets. For avid adventurers or new outdoor enthusiasts, this passport will enhance your visit and allow you to earn prizes while you keep track of where you have gone. 

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