Discover the beauty of Taughannock Falls State Park when exploring the Finger Lakes area – it’s a must-add to your travel list! Plunging 215 feet, Taughannock Falls descends past towering rocky cliffs that loom almost 400 feet above the gorge. To put it in perspective, this natural wonder surpasses Niagara Falls in height, standing at 215 feet compared to Niagara’s 167 feet.
The park offers two distinct perspectives: an overlook above the falls and an upfront observation area accessible by traveling down to a secondary parking lot and walking in.
Visitors have the option to explore the park’s three trails:
- Gorge Trail: A 0.95-mile journey along Taughannock Creek to the base of the falls. Easy family-friendly hike.
- South Rim Trail: A moderate 1.60-mile hike.
- North Rim Trail: Another moderate option with a length of 1.44 miles.
The Gorge Trail, specifically designed for close-up views of the falls, offers a dog, wheelchair, and stroller-friendly experience.
This trail offers incredible vistas of the gorge and the meandering river. The Rim Trail, encircling the lower and upper gorges, treats you to stunning views of the upper gorge and the canyon below.
Parking is available at $9, with limited spaces in the lower lot.
Consider packing a picnic lunch and spending a leisurely afternoon at Cayuga Lake, conveniently located across the street, or explore one of the designated picnic areas within the park. Campsites and cabins overlooking Cayuga Lake are available for rent, complete with a marina, boat launch, and nearby beach.
For a more indulgent overnight experience, the Inn At Taughannock Falls awaits at the base of the lower hiking trail, offering a bed and breakfast experience with unparalleled views of Cayuga Lake.
If you’re in the mood for exploring other nearby State Parks with hiking trails and refreshing swim areas on hot days, Robert H. Treman State Park and Buttermilk Falls State Park are excellent options worth considering.
It’s worth noting that you only have to pay for parking at your first State Park and that ticket can be used at the subsequent parks you visit all day.
I highly recommend this park if you are visiting the area. I would suggest visiting early as it is popular and the parking lots at both observation areas fill quickly.