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Gorge Trail

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The Gorge Trail along Taughannock Creek to Taughannock Falls.


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

609' 186 m

High

457' 139 m

Low

154' 47 m

Up

49' 15 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly The path is very nice and will take you to an amazing waterfall.

Description

The trail begins at the Taughannock Falls Gorge Trail parking area on NY 89 about 9.5 miles north of Ithaca on the western side of Cayuga Lake. The trail starts right from the parking lot and immediately splits from the South Rim Trail. The trail will take you first to a lookout point for a mini-waterfall.

The trail then continues along a well-maintained, wide path. Parts of it allows you to hike along the flat slabs of rocks along the river, which can be quite fun. Other parts of it pass a little farther into the woods but never too far from the creek as the gorge walls prevent you from leaving the water's edge too far.

The gorge walls will continue to climb higher and higher until they reach nearly 400 feet. At this point, the path will cross a bridge right below the falls offering amazing views. A few more steps will take you to the end of the trail - another great viewpoint of Taughannock Falls which drops 215 feet.

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Karl W

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Taughannock Falls is sublime in the autumn.
Feb 24, 2017 near Trumans…, NY
The path near the base of the beautiful Taughannock Falls offers a fantastic look at the water and surrounding amphitheater.
Mar 1, 2017 near Trumans…, NY
Taughannock Falls plummets over the sheer cliffside.
Feb 24, 2017 near Trumans…, NY
While they're much smaller than Taughannock, the lower falls near the parking area are still beautiful in their own right.
Feb 23, 2017 near Trumans…, NY
The trail can get just a little icy in the winter!
Feb 23, 2017 near Trumans…, NY
Taughannock Falls shines beautifully in the winter sun.
Feb 23, 2017 near Trumans…, NY

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