Pronounced Tuh-GA-nick. The falls’ name is believed to have derived from the Algonquian Taconic (“in the trees”) or Taghkanic (after a Lenape chieftain killed in battle nearby). Taughannock Falls carves a 400ft deep gorge through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone that were once the bed of an ancient sea. With a 215 foot plunge, this waterfall stands three stories taller than Niagara Falls. Enjoy swimming in Cayuga Lake, a picnic area, concessions, a playground, camping, cabins and more! There is a marina offering parking for 25 rigs, a concession stand, and a protected harbor. Enjoy the Summer Concert Series in the park, a fantastic way to enjoy music in beautiful Ithaca! This park offers camping and cabins on Cayuga Lake, marina, boat launch, hiking trails.
There are multiple hiking trails that provide views of the fall and the gorge. We strongly advised that you stay on the trails and not enter the water where a lifeguard is not present. The rock beds can be slippery, so if you do choose to walk through the shallower areas to cool off, please know that it is at your own risk, so please use caution. Water shoes with bottoms that grip are recommended.