Taughannock Falls State Park
This park is stunning. It contains two very tall (200ft) falls, Taughannock Falls and Upper Falls, a smaller Lower Falls and a swimming beach on Cayuga Lake.
The pin on the map is set to the parking area and trail head, while the GPS coordinates are to Taughannock Falls. The trail from the parking area is a 3/4 mile walk, but it’s very easy, and it follows the river which you can hop in and out of. The river is wide and shallow with a solid rock bottom, and there are little pools here and there. People were swimming in the pools, and some people brought lawn chairs and were just sitting with their feet in the water. The lower falls close to the parking area has the deepest pools, and we saw some people swimming there.
Taughannock Falls is huge, and flows down a natural amphitheater carved out of the rock. The water plunges straight down into a large pool. You aren’t supposed to swim around the falls, but there is an official swimming area on the lake. We’ve provided some pictures of the lake, but the swimming area wasn’t open during our visit, so we couldn’t evaluate it fully. It seemed very nice, with sand beaches and clear blue water.
We also visited the upper falls, which is just as stunning as the main fall. It’s another massive fall that you view from a bridge that is over 200 feet from the bottom of the gorge. The parking for this is located on Jacksonville Rd., and it is just a short walk to the bridge. For some reason we completely forgot to take pictures of this fall, but here is one shot by another photographer.
The video below was not shot by us, but by YouTube user MrHeli4444 and can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnRQ3TL_85s
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