Fall Creek Gorge Upper and Lower Triphammer, Rocky, Foaming, and Forest Falls

Ithaca, New York

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This waterfall hike—Ithaca’s crowning glory—stretches the length of Cornell University’s campus. This New York State gem takes you on a mini-tour of the Cornell University campus and introduces you to five waterfalls. The first two, Upper and Lower Triphammer Falls, were harnessed as far back as 1832 by Ezra Cornell—yes, the Cornell for which the university is named—to provide power and water to mills along Fall Creek and encourage settlement in this area. Above the falls, Beebe Lake—created by Cornell’s dam—fills the Fall Creek floodplain and is just a few feet deep.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

This waterfall hike—Ithaca’s crowning glory—stretches the length of Cornell University’s campus. This New York State gem takes you on a mini-tour of the Cornell University campus
and introduces you to five waterfalls.

The first two, Upper and Lower Triphammer Falls, were harnessed as far back as 1832 by Ezra Cornell—yes, the Cornell for which the university is named—to provide power and water to mills along Fall Creek and encourage settlement in this area. Above the falls, Beebe Lake—created by Cornell’s dam—fills the Fall Creek floodplain and is just a few feet deep.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ithaca
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cornell Plantations, 1 Plantations Rd., Ithaca 14850; (607) 255-2400; www.cornellplantations.org
Local Maps: www.risk.cornell.edu/pdfs/gorge brochure.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to Fall Creek Gorge: Upper and Lower Triphammer, Rocky, Foaming, and Forest Falls

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