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Visiting Taughannock Falls State Park

by Katie Skrzek

Aug 30, 2021

Photo by Katie Skrzek

Age Specific / Multigenerational

Bring the family to Taughannock Falls State Park. Located in Trumansburg, New York, the park’s namesake waterfall is the highest single-drop waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

Taughannock Falls State Park.

Taughannock Falls State Park | Photo by Katie Skrzek

Located on Cayuga Lake, the waterfall plunges 215 feet through rocky cliffs, 400 feet above the gorge. The drop is 33 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Visitors can experience the stunning falls with a hike on the Gorge Trail, less than a mile walk from the trailhead.

 

 

Taughannock Falls State Park.

Taughannock Falls State Park | Photo by Katie Skrzek

The park is open year-round, from dawn to dusk. The swimming season is open during the summer months and camping is available April–October. Cabins and campsites overlook Cayuga Lake. Cabin pricing varies. Campsites range $18–28 per night. There is a marina, boat launch and beach accessible to visitors. Boating, including use of kayaks and canoes, is permitted March–November. Vehicle entrance into the park costs $9. The park also has three pavilions available for rent, ranging $50–200. The pavilions can accommodate 25–100 guests. Fishing and hunting are permitted seasonally and with the appropriate licenses. Those who are fishing can expect to see lake trout, yellow perch and landlocked Atlantic salmon.

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