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 400-foot 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.
Please go to the NY State Parks website for the most up to date notices of any park closures and to confirm if swimming is currently open. Due to the popularity of this park and capacity limitations in response to COVID-19, NY State Parks reserves the right to close entrances to manage crowd size for the safety & enjoyment of all.
Swimming prohibited in gorge
Lifeguarded swimming in Cayuga Lake available seasonally
Marina for boating available
Dogs allowed on leash
Car parking fee
Transferable, valid all day at all NYS Parks