Hiking Taughannock Falls: A Finger Lakes Paradise

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 23rd Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3pijj5yp/
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Taughannock Falls State Park in Upstate New York features roaring water falls, a lovely lake and great hiking trails. No wonder so many people visit every year.

Taughannock Falls: A Wonder of Nature


Taughannock Falls plunges down over a rocky canyon and offers visitors and hikers spectacular views. This state park attracts thousands of hikers, campers, swimmers and day trippers every year. Located just outside Ithaca in Trumansburg, the park is part of New York state's popular Finger Lakes region.
The falls are pronounced (Tuh-GA-nick). There is some dispute over how the falls got its name. Some say the name was originally Taghkanic - the name of a Lenape Indian chief killed in a battle near the falls. Others say it came from the word Taconic - the Algonquin name for in the trees, according to the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors' Bureau
These falls are one of the highest east of the Rocky Mountains. The falls are 215 feet high - about three stories higher than Niagara Falls However, Niagara Falls is much wider and has a greater volume of water rushing down the falls than Taughannock Falls.

Hiking the Gorge Trail


The easiest way to see the falls is to take the Gorge Trail. This is an easy, flat trail which runs approximately three-quarters of a mile. Children, older people and beginning hikers should be able to handle this trail with no problems.
As you wander the trail, look up and marvel at the high stone canyons which rise about 400 feet high. Watch for tiny fish which may swim by you. Admire the trees and the leaves changing colors on a crisp autumn day.
You can stand on a small bridge and take pictures of the falls. Or you can go close enough to marvel at the falls as a spray of water gets you wet.

Hiking the Rim Trails


A more challenging way to see the falls is to hike the North Rim and South Rim trails. These trails are both more than a mile long and do get steep in spots. However, the views are spectacular since you are so high up. Hiking here will give you a good workout and gorgeous pictures.
Here is a closer look at what it's like to hike the Rim Trails:

Visiting Cayuga Lake


Taughannock Falls State Park is actually located on two sides of Route 89. The falls and trails are located on one side of the road while Cayuga Lake is located on the opposite side.
The lake side features a swimming area in the summer, boating, and picnicking. Cayuga Lake has a rocky bottom just like all the other Finger Lakes. If you visit during the summer and go swimming, be sure to wear shower shoes.
This is a great spot for fishing or just hanging out and watching the motorboats roar by. On calm days, sail boats float lazily in the middle of the lake as the sun sparkles on the water.
Taughannock Falls State Park is open all year round. In the winter, cross country skiers glide along the trails and admire nature's ice carvings in the gorges.
No matter what time of year you visit, be sure to bring your camera. And you may want to bring a towel if you get close enough to the falls.

For more information, visit the state parks site
Or check out the visitors bureau

Here is an article I did on Chenango Valley State Park
Here is one I did on Robert H. Treman State Park
Here is one I did on Buttermilk Falls
Here is one I did on Watkins Glen State Park
Here is one I did on hiking for beginners
Here is one I did on the benefits of hiking

Attribution


This article used some information on Niagara Falls from Niagara Park
This article used some information from the Ithaca/Tompkins County Visitors Bureau
The video came from You Tube.
I took the pictures myself.

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Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Region, Hike, Hikers, Hiking, Taughannock Falls, Waterfall, Waterfalls

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Beautiful scenery Connie, thanks for sharing it with all of us. You rock, by teh way any rattlers, bears or cougars? :D

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Wow ! Just stunning dear Connie ..
You really do live in a beautiful part of the world , and thank you for sharing it with us .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Mariah
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Really lovely Connie
Thank you

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Fern, no rattlers, bears or cougars! It is a lovely park to visit.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Stella, so glad you enjoyed this. I am fortunate to live in such a lovely place: Upstate New York.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Mariah, I am so glad I can use the Internet to share the beauty of Upstate New York with Wikinut folks such as yourself who live on the other side of the ocean. It brings the world closer together which is wonderful.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Oct 2013 (#)

How wonderful this Connie..and the pictures of upstate NY superb...thank you

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author avatar Mariah
24th Oct 2013 (#)

It sure does Connie, and it is wonderful and much appreciated

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Carolina, thanks so much. I do love this park as you probably can tell.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mariah. I look forward to your next article.

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author avatar Retired
24th Oct 2013 (#)

This was a lovely article and I loved the pictures. The video made me fell like I was there.

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author avatar MMD
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Beautiful place.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Wonderful place and a very beautiful article. Thanks for sharing Connie!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Nice to know there are still places like this. Well done,Connie!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Trult a beautiful place. Been there. Done that!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Carol, thanks so much. I was hoping to put people on the scene so they can enjoy the beauty, too.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

MMD, yes, it is indeed a beautiful place. It's great to visit any time of the year.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Mike, thank you. It is a wonderful place to visit.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

C.D., thanks so much. Visiting this park always puts me in a good mood.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Jerry, thanks so much. I'm glad you've been here. I wish everybody could visit here. So beautiful!!!!

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author avatar Carol
26th Oct 2013 (#)

Oh it looks amazing Connie! Thank you

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author avatar Connie McKinney
26th Oct 2013 (#)

Carol, thank you. It is a lovely place.

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author avatar vellur
27th Oct 2013 (#)

I hope to visit this falls someday,, the photos are beautiful.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Vellur, I hope you can visit. It is a lovely place.

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author avatar Ptrikha
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Amazing place to visit!

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