Hiking Taughannock Falls State Park, New York {It’s taller than Niagara Falls!}

So this week I’ve shared with you our hikes at Robert H. Treman State Park {with Lucifer Falls + the gorgeous swimming hole} and our hike up Buttermilk Falls. On this day we spent the morning hiking Buttermilk, enjoyed lunch in Ithaca and then made our way over to check out Taughannock Falls {pronounced Tuh-GA-nick} that afternoon.

There are two spots you are able to view Taughannock Falls – across the gorge on top of the cliff across from the falls {showing the photo above!} or hiking through the state park to go right below the falls on a viewing platform {which you can also see in the bottom right hand side of the photos above or below}

Cool shot of that bird soaring past the falls, right? Hawk probably!

 Back to Taughannock  – the namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. It plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge.

Fun Fact: Taughannock stands 3 stories taller than Niagara Falls!

So we went to the viewing area across from the Falls to get some cool shots of the art surrounding the falls. It also gives you a better idea of the scope of the falls, you get a better feel for just how big they actually are! Then we made our way down to the parks main entrance to hike to the falls to see them from the water level.

I’m going to use the word hiking in this post very loosely because it wasn’t really the kind of hiking we had done in the previous days. This was more of a road in the woods that we walked on along the creek. It was so flat in fact that I was able to bring my stroller to change things up for Graham – even though both he and Brooks wanted to run the whole way.

There are various trail options for you to check out if you wanted to get in more of a actual hike – but we were very happy with the 0.75 mile Gorge trail which goes along Taughannock creek to the base of the falls. A nice little change of pace, especially for the kids!

And along the way on the creek we got to see some little falls, leading up to the main event!

Taughannock is really cool because you get to get up close and personal with the falls – you are so close you get misted and wet by the falling water {Maid of the Mist style – sans boat}

If you are in the area by the Finger Lakes, be sure to add Taughannock Falls to your list of thing to see, because it really is a beauty. And in terms of where it’s located, its on the side of Cayuga Lake, but its only a 30 minute drive from Seneca Lake or so.

And for all my friends with kids, its worth noting that at the park entrance that is along the lake, there is a really pretty swimming area and some cool park/playground areas for the littles !

Can’t wait to share more of our trip with you – stay tuned for another hike & a list of all the breweries we hit up too!

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