Ithaca Falls
Ithaca, New York

Location: Central Tompkins County, Lake Street, City of Ithaca. The falls can be reached from Routes 13 and 34 by taking the Dey Street exit. Once on Dey Street turn left (east) at the first intersection onto West Lincoln Street which will change to East Lincoln Street after you cross North Cayuga Street. Continue on East Lincoln Street and in 0.2 of a mile you will cross Aurora Street. Now is the time to start looking for a parking spot along the area streets. You may need to continue to Lake Street, turn left (north), and in one block turn left (west) onto Fall Street to find a spot to park (see the map for Cascadilla Gorge).

     From your parking spot walk to the intersection of Falls and Lake Streets. Cross Lake Street and walk northwards across the Lake Street Bridge for an excellent view of Ithaca Falls to your right (east).

     To reach the base of this impressive cataract you can follow a trail along the southern bank of Fall Creek. The trail starts in a small grassy area at the southeast corner of the bridge. After descending a few steps, continue eastwards on the trail and in roughly 1,000 feet you will reach the base of Ithaca Falls. This immense waterfall is 150 feet high with a 165 foot wide crest. It faces to the north northwest and is comprised of a multitude of closely spaced vertical leaps and extremely steep cascades. If you are visiting the falls when the volume of Fall Creek is high, the thundering waters can be somewhat intimidating. If conditions are right during your visit you may see a breathtaking rainbow spanning the creek in front of the falls. During low water the falls is broken up into numerous sparkling cascades. The deep plunge pool at the base of the falls is a popular fishing spot.

For a Map Quest map of the area click here.

For a ACME Mapper 2.0 map of the area click here.

Web site: Ithaca Falls Natural Area

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