Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls State Park

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Taughannock Falls State Park

New York

(607) 387-6739

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Overview

Taughannock Falls State Park's namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. A multi-use trail--hiking, cross-country skiing--winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds. Boat Launch Site not suitable for any type of sailboat. The park also offers organized activities including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront.

Map of Taughannock Falls (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.544474, -76.598588

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Activities

  • Boating

    Cayuga Lake has a marina with a boat launch, tie-up docks, and seasonal berths. The boat launch site not suitable for any type of sailboat. The marina is open from early April until mid-October.

  • Camping

    Taughannock Falls State Park is 783 acres with 76 Campsites (16 electric, 60 with no utilities), and 10 cabins for public use. Other facilities include showers, picnic areas, trailer sites, dumping stations, camper recreation programs, and swimming areas and hiking trails.

  • Fishing

    Excellent lake, brown and rainbow trout, land locked salmon, small mouth bass and yellow perch are featured on Cayuga Lake. The north and south ends of these "trout waters" contain many shoals and flats that provide plenty of chain pickerel, northern pike and largemouth bass.

  • Hiking

    The falls is easily viewable from multiple locations, but the real treasure is a hike along the rim trails, offering different views of Taughannock Falls and the waterfalls of the upper canyon. The Gorge Trail and the Falls Overlook is very accessible to all visitors.

  • Hunting

    Bow hunting for deer is permitted in season.

  • Picnicking

    The east end of Taughannock Falls State Park is a nice grassy stretch of lake-front property that offers a great view and numerous picnic and play areas to spread out.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is popular at the beach along the shores of Cayuga Lake. Swimming is permitted designated lifeguard areas, open daily from late June until Labor Day.

  • Winter Sports

    A multi-use trail for hiking and cross-country skiing winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/14886.

Directions

Driving

Route 89, 8 miles north of Ithaca.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(607) 387-6739

Campground reservations

(800) 456-2267

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