Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg

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With a waterfall taller than Niagara Falls, Taughannock Falls State Park is a must-see for nature lovers. The impressive falls stand 66 m (215 ft) high, which is 10 m (33 m) taller than Niagara's. The water from the falls continues through a gorge surrounded by high cliff walls. The short gorge trail is an easy walk and offers the best views of the plunging falls. The park also includes campsites and cabins on Cayuga Lake, with a nearby beach, marina, and boat launch. The state park provides organized tours of the gorge. To visit Taughannock Falls State Park on your holiday in Trumansburg, and find out what else Trumansburg has to offer, use our Trumansburg.
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  • We went here for a quick photo op at the overlook and visitor center. Wonderful falls. definitely worth it to do the short gorge trail if you have the time.  more »
  • Nice walk from the parking area to the falls. level, wide, clean. Other trails available but we didn.t take them.  more »
  • Depending on which trail you take, your journey may be easy or moderate, but all are beautiful. I took the easy 3/4 mile gorge trail to the falls for a ground level view of the falls. It was amazing.....  more »
  • Stopping in Ithaca for just a day, several locals said this was one of the top falls to visit...and it did not disappoint! The falls were magnificent...taller than Niagara. The trails were well kept and there were excellent photo opportunities. In addition to the hike down to the falls, the North Rim and South Rim trails were a great addition to the experience. Our elementary aged kids loves it. Its a great place for animals as lots of folks were walking their dogs. The restroom facilities were clean and well maintained while the gift shop and park employees were helpful in making the most of our time there. Parking was a little full on a Sunday afternoon, but there was a triathlon that day too.
  • I really have to say I enjoy walking the trails at Taughannock I don't seem to do it nearly as much as I should. But this last time I was there I walked the bottom trail and I walked it alone. I have walked that trail probably 50 times since I've lived in Ithaca and that was the first time I walked the trail alone. It was just breath taking! I left my phone in the car as well!! Anyways I just wanted to say it is a wonderfully place to go for a walk!
  • Very scenic walk to the gorge with easy access to the water so you can hike to the falls right up the gorge, an especially fun way to do it on a warm sunny day. Once you arrive at the falls there are plenty of places to photograph the breathtaking 212 foot water fall. After hiking you can cross the road to the other side of the state park where there is a beach and marina as well as picnic areas where you can relax and eat lunch by the lake.
  • Beautiful water falls just a short drive from Ithaca. Supposedly it is the highest vertical drop falls in the Eastern United States. Prepare to spend about an hour and a half to visit the upper observation point and the base of the falls. The upper observation point has free parking. The base of the falls requires paying for parking in the state park, but for those with a van full of people, you only pay for the vehicle and not per person. It is an easy hike with no elevation gain in a wide trail.
  • Beautiful and extremely well maintained park. There is a nice park on the shore of Cayuga lake with lake swimming, a playground, lots of shade. On the gorge side of the road are three trails. The gorge trail is over level terrain and takes you to the pool at the bottom of Taughannock Falls. There are also both south rim and north rim trails with scenic overlooks which take you to over 400' in elevation with stunning views of Cayuga Lake and Taughannock Falls.

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