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view of the north shore Critter Pond, KOA Canandaigua NY [c] 2009 jcb

While camping at Spruce Row Campground -- We hike the Taughannock Gorge Trail

by Jim Bessey

Trail length:  .75 miles
Trail rating:  Easy
Scenery rating:  10 out of 10
view fm Overlook Taughannock Falls with Jim Nick Layla
Jim, Nick and Layla pose on the Overlook, Falls behind them.
They say "Ithaca is Gorges!" Since we were camping just a few miles away, we had to visit one of the coolest gorges in the region: Taughannock Falls Gorge (pronounced "tuh GAN uck"). This soft gravel trail follows the water's path from the falls to Taughannock Falls State Park on Cayuga Lake. It's wide and shady with very little grade change along the way.
creekbed downstream from the Falls. Nick Jim and Layla
Nick, Jim and Layla along the creek bed. Trail behind Nick.
The trail crosses a fairly new bridge and terminates just a few dozen yards from the spectacular falls. It's fun to start at the Overlook, see the people down below, then go there yourself afterward. That's exactly what we did. We'll let the pictures tell the story.
Taughannock Falls creek bed
View from the Gorge Trail, down the creek bed.
Jim and Layla under the bridge to Taughannock Falls.
Jim and Layla under the bridge to Taughannock Falls.
Jim, Lin and Layla near the trail's end at the Falls.
Jim, Lin and Layla near the trail's end at the Falls.
Taughannock Falls from trail's end
Taughannock Falls from trail's end. Gorgeous, huh?
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  1. Oh, I'll have to tell Tommy about this place! Sounds nice. On the bucket list!

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  3. Jim, this is a great trail review, and you have shared wonderful pictures ! The rock structures and falls are no less than amazing! This is a 'must visit' trail! Excellent! On the bucket list for sure!