Chittenango Falls State Park, Cazenovia

#61 of 149 in Nature in New York State
Chittenango Falls State Park is a 194acre state park located in Madison County, New York, east of Cazenovia Lake. The park features a 167ft waterfall that cascades over roughly 400-million-year-old bedrock, flowing beneath a wooden bridge spanning the meandering Chittenango Creek. The park offers a variety of activities including picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, a nature trail, hiking, and fishing.Approximately 45,000 visitors come to the park each year to engage in a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Although many camping guides still mistakenly list it as a campground, the park's campground was closed in the mid-2000s.Chittenango Falls State Park is also home to the endemic and endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail (Novisuccinea chittenangoensis).Trails and scenic viewingWhile the park is open year-round, the trail leading to the falls' viewing bridge is closed during winter months due to icy conditions. Views of the falls are still quite picturesque from the top however, with the ability to view the falls from the side of the creek or from a small viewing rail. There is also a steep uphill trail allowing visitors to walk along the side of the lower creek to the top of the falls. Along that trail, there are several viewing spots.
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105 reviews
  • August 8, 2017
    This park has lots of stuff for various ages. It had multiple pavilions to cook out at or have a party at. It has a few hiking routes, none of which are too long. They are mapped out and the one we di...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    These cascades of beautiful places in the region, especially in times of rain where the amount of water flow would be great, and you can walk over the cliffs to the bottom of the waterfall. There is a garden where seating and Grill I advise to visit.
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  • July 20, 2017
    A very nice and a relaxing place to visit with your family. A big water fall with a river and a big green lands. Suitable for families with young kids. A good place for a picnic and barbecue if like.  more »
  • June 5, 2017
    Really beautiful falls. It's nice that you can drive right up to see the falls, because that's really the best part of this park. If you are looking for a good view this place is great, but it's not the best for hiking. There are hiking trails leading away from the falls, but the paths don't seem to be very well maintained, and it's very easy to make a turn that leads you to a dead-end or a maintenance road. These trails are also very muddy in the spring.
  • June 13, 2017
    Great waterfall always water going over. Several different overlooks including handicap and wheelchair accessible overlooks. Trou going to the bottom of the falls where there is a bridge you can turn and face the falls for amazing pictures with overlooks going down along the way. Trell whining back up across the creek and back to the parking area. Plenty of parking reasonably priced day fees when they are even charging. Many picnic areas located around the park. Several Pavilions. They offer play area for smaller children. Worthwhile trip for the whole family or a romantic walk for a couple
  • June 10, 2017
    The park is clean. The trails are well-marked. It is a good place for family picnic. Over all, one of my favorite places in central New York.
  • May 21, 2017
    Easy access to the falls on good trail. Bridge over the creek provides a great photo vantage point. Lots of parking and other recreation areas. Great early in the morning.
  • June 20, 2017
    Small. Scenic beauty. Great park and picnic areas. Open pavilion. Off the beaten path.

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