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TAUGHANNOCK FALLS STATE PARK

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CAYUGA LAKE STATE PARK

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LOCATION - Taughannock Falls are 8 miles north of Ithaca on New York 89.

 

Cayuga Lake State Park is 3 miles east of Seneca Falls on the Lower Lake Road off New York 89 on the northern end of Seneca Lake.

 

FEATURES - Taughannock Falls, one of the highest continuous waterfalls in the east, drop 215 feet within a rock amphitheater flanked by 400-foot walls. Taughannock is an Algonquin or Iroquois word meaning "the great falls in the woods."

Cayuga Lake is one of eleven Finger Lakes carved by the continental glaciers as they ground their way south from Canada. Cayuga is the largest of these lakes, measuring 38.1 miles long and 474 feet deep at its deepest spot. At Cayuga State Park, however, the lake is only 5 feet deep.

 

ACTIVITIES - At Taughannock Falls, camp in the 76-site campground, 16 with electrical hookups and a trailer dump station, or stay in one of 16 cabins. Go bass fishing in Taughannock Creek and Cayuga Lake. Enjoy swimming from the beach, water-skiing, and boating from the ramp or marina. Food is available.

Hike a V4-mile-long trail beside Taughannock Creek through the gorge to reach the base of the falls. No swimming is permitted in the gorge. Two other trails follow the rim above the gorge and another multi-use trail goes through the woods from the north rim trail.

Attend concerts at their summer music festival and participate in a camper recreation program.

During the winter, ride the free rope tow up the bunny slope, cross-country ski or ice skate, and warm up in the warming hut.

In Ithaca, located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, you'll find more deep gorges carrying Six Mile, Fall, and Cascadilla creeks. The Cayuga Wine Trail starts here and heads north on New York 89 on its way past several wineries located on the lake's western shore.

At Cayuga Lake State Park, camp in the 286-site campground with 36 electrical hookups, a trailer dump station, and groceries. You can also stay in one of 48 cabins.

Go bass, carp, and bullhead fishing, swimming from the beach, bicycling, boating from the ramp or marina. During the winter, go cross-country skiing.

The northern end of the lake joins Montezuma Marsh, a National Wildlife Refuge that supports nesting sites for ducks and other waterfowl, located along the migratory route for thousands of geese.

A long section of the Erie Canal Recreationway Trail begins here and continues for 108 miles to Lockport. Much of this trail is designated as a bike trail and passes nine canal lift-locks.

In Seneca Falls, tour Women's Rights National Historical Park at 116 Fall Street, site of the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It has a visitor center and guided tours.

The National Women's Hall of Fame at 76 Fall Street honors women of the past and present for their many contributions. Special events held in Seneca Falls include Women's Rights Convention Days, an annual Pageant of Bands, Women's Equality Days, strawberry and wine festivals, and concerts.

Visitors can take a boat cruise on Seneca Lake from the Urban Cultural Park in Seneca Falls. For information, call 1-800-343-BOAT.

Incoming pilots can land at Tompkins County Airport 4 miles northeast of Ithaca. You can also land at Finger Lakes Regional Airport one mile south of Seneca Falls on New York 414. Rental cars are available at both airports.

 

INFORMATION

Taughannock Falls State Park                                Cayuga Lake State Park

R.D. 3                                                                       2678 Lower Lake Road

Trumansburg, New York 14886                             Seneca Falls, New York 13148

telephone 607-387-6739                                     telephone 315-568-5163