Taughannock Falls

Trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Taughannock Falls State Park is one of 29 facilities of the Finger Lakes State Parks Region.

Millions of years ago water in the form of glaciers covered New York State transforming the land in its path. About 10,000 years ago, water filled these new steep-sided troughs creating the 11 Finger Lakes, which include Cayuga Lake. Since then, water in the form of Taughannock Creek has poured down Cayuga Lake’s glacially-steepened hillside, cutting away its soft sedimentary rock. This on-going process has formed Taughannock’s gorge and spectacular waterfall.

You can experience the park’s beautiful scenery along the 3/4 mile gorge, scenic woodland and large span of shoreline along Cayuga Lake. Enjoy the hiking trails, swimming beach, scenic picnic areas and playgrounds.

The park provides a variety of trail opportunities. A gorge trail 3/4 mile long which brings you to the base of Taughannock Falls. A south rim trail, 1 1/8 miles long and a north rim trail 1 1/2 miles long that brings you to the Upper Falls. A woodland multi use-trail, 2 miles long located across from the Falls Overlook is good for hiking, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. The Falls Overlook is above the falls and a picturesque tourist site.  Visitor Center located near the Overlook is open seasonally.

The beach is the only swimming area at the park and Lifeguards are on duty. Camping sites are available for tents and RV’s. Additionally there are 16 cabin sites. Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking and Paddle-Boarding will certainly round out your visit to Taughannock Falls State Park.