Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg

(4.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Trumansburg trip builder to visit Taughannock Falls State Park on your trip to Trumansburg, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Higher than Niagara but not as big but still very impressive. Do not miss this if you are in the area, which has many beautiful waterfalls. Must pay to park in the summer at the bottom of the falls bu...  more »
  • The waterfall was a little wimpy when we visited (due to lack of rainfall), but no less impressive. Also we saw an interesting fish under the bridge near the waterfall. Loved walking through the river...  more »
  • This is my hometown and I'm proud of it. The falls is the most beautiful falls I've seen. I love traveling to falls but nothing compares to the amazement of this wonderful place created by nature! You...  more »
  • Such a beautiful place. Great for a small day hike. You can just hike strait to the falls or enjoy the upper rim trails. Very easy hiking, some steep sections. The additional part of the park across the street is great for picnicing, boating or there's even a large playground for the kids. Excellent state park!
  • This is a great state park providing a bit for everyone. Take the overlook road north of the park to view the falls from the top of the gorge and hike some nice woodland trails. The main entrance to the park provides lakeside access on one side and a paved trail to the lower portion of the massive 215' waterfall. An amazing place.
  • Wow is this place beautiful. I went on a fall day after a light rain and the forest scent of the freshly downed leaves was the perfect olfactory memory bank accompaniment to the smooth rush of water as we hiked the easy wide, mostly gravel-filled road trail to the falls. Go when the water is running. There a bridge crossing near the end with photographic scenery of the fall's basin. Afterwards, take the short drive up to the newly built station on the north bluff to view the falls from above. Here is another great spots for pix, and with places to sit. The riverside trail is probably wheelchair accessible, except for a few small mud spots you could get around on foot but maybe not with four on the floor -- but on a dry day, yes. There's an extremely accessible overlook from the newly paved parking lot, and clean new accessible bathrooms, but the sitting spots nearest the falls are down a flight of stone steps apparently from the Civilian Conservation Corp days, which is a nice piece of history duly left intact, preserving the unique CCC feel of our parks.
  • When visiting in late September there was no water falling. Obviously one shall come in better time - Probably spring would be better. Otherwise impressive and walking the riverbed to the falls is nice walk.
  • I think this was my favorite state park to camp at to date. The campsites are kind of close together but they're very nice and the bathrooms are extremely clean. Everything is within walking distance which was so awesome. We walked down to the beach for a little bit and were able to access the trails right from our camping sight (which was a pleasant surprise). The rim trails were shorter than we expected but were really pretty nonetheless. We plan on going back after the gorge trail opens back up :)