Taughannock Falls State Park Gorge Trail

Trumansburg, New York 14886

Taughannock Falls State Park Gorge Trail

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"More accurately described as a canyon, the gorge at Taughannock Falls State Park is immense. e falls are 215 feet tall, 31 feet taller than Niagara Falls, and are considered the tallest free-falling waterfall east of the Rockies. e flat trail to the base of the falls is easily accessible for all."

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200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide (Footprint Press)
Rich & Sue Freeman
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"The water plummets down a sheer cliff wall through a small notch in the rock. In spring it’s a mighty roar. In summer it whispers with only a narrow wisp of water. In winter it forms a unique ice sculpture. Until 1894 the water came over the brink, projecting at a right angle. A fierce electric storm shook loose a square block of hard sandstone leaving the falls to tumble from a recess at the brink. The capstone is Sherburne flagstone, underlaid with 200 feet of weak Geneseo shales. Above the crest rises another 50 feet of Ithaca shales. The hard, flat base of the gorge is Tully limestone. Taughannock Gorge is the closest of any Finger Lakes gorge to being a canyon. It has a level basin between 400-feet high cliffs. The waterfall forms a 30-foot deep plunge pool at its base." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in New York (Falcon Guides)
Randi Minetor
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"The crown jewel of Tompkins County, this plunging ribbon plummets from a notch at the top of a dramatic 400-foot cliff. The most popular and best known of Tompkins County’s impressive collection of waterfalls, Taughannock Falls deserves every one of the superlatives heaped upon it by visitors and area residents. A long, silky, Rapunzel-like single drop from a deep notch at the top of a gorge, this ribbon of sparkling white towers 33 feet higher than Niagara, and benefits visually from the rugged yet delicate framework that surrounds it. At the top, the falls originates from a hanging valley, a phenomenon created by different rates of erosion in a contained area. Like so much of central and western New York’s geology, this area contains hard sedimentary bedrock of sandstone and limestone, covered with much softer layers of shale that wear away under the constant flow of creeks, brooks, and rivers." Read more

Taughannock Falls State Park: Gorge Trail Reviews

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10/18/2008
Trails are well kept up and beautiful as alway's. We visit the park every fall. 2008 was especially colorful. Be sure to stay on the trail's. There are some area's where some dangerous conditions could prove to be your last hike if you venture into area's that are not fenced off as well as they could be. These fall's are roughly 200 feet straight down. we've seen people sitting at the brink of the fall's where they should not be. Taughannock are the largest fall's east of the Mississippi. Very beautiful place to visit,and the hiking is fantastic and very scenic, but please, stay on the beaten path and be safe!
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6/1/2008
Although not a tough trail to walk the scenery on the river side is very serene. The Falls is spectacular. The Pictures do not do it justice.
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Trail Information

Trumansburg
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
1.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Taughannock
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Dec 2018