Taughannock Falls State Park
2221 Taughannock Park Road, Trumansburg, NY, USA
nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/6… - 607-387-6739
Taughannock Falls State Park Trumansburg Reviews
Taughannock Falls State Park Jul 01, 2011
At this state park I got snagged for a $7 entrance fee (which is per carload, so inexpensive if you’re not a loner like me!) and earned a healthy return on that investment. The park features a bounty of terrific lakeside facilities: there is a marina, a substantial bathhouse, a large (and well maintained) playground plus a snack bar. I strolled the lakeside grounds for a bit before hitting the trails, enjoying the vibrancy of folks fishing, swimming and boating on a gorgeous Friday afternoon.
Walked back across route 89 to reach the trailhead for Taughannock Falls, and for the second time today found myself upon a Gorge Trail (lending appreciation to all those banners I had noticed stating “Ithaca is Gorges”). This gorge was much more level and expansive than Buttermilk, though not as interesting. Still lovely, it follows Taughannock Creek for 3/4ths of a mile back to Taughannock Falls.
I had only come across a single group of hikers at Buttermilk, but Taughannock was clearly a high volume destination, which I attribute to three factors. First, the trail was flat for the duration. Second, in spite of numerous “Stay on Trail” signs posted there were many groups wading through the stream and these usually were families with children who seemed to delight in walking through water. Last but not least was the amazing pay-off at the end of the trail.
Taughannock Falls are the crown jewel of the park and for good reason. The vertical drop exceeds Niagra and it is a wonder to behold. After savoring the view for a while (and getting some pictures) I turned around and beat it back down the trail.
Definitely worth stopping and hiking back here to enjoy the majesty of a wonderful waterfalls!
Part of the Falling for the Finger Lakes travel blog
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