If you are visiting the Finger Lakes, do not be surprised if you see someone walking around with an Ithaca is Gorges t-shirt on. Ithaca, located at the south end of Cayuga Lake is home not only to Cornell University and Ithaca college, but many restaurants, businesses and bars, and lots of outdoor activities. One of the most popular activities is to visit the many waterfalls and gorges that are in the in the area. There are over 100 waterfalls in the area.
Here is a list of waterfalls to visit in the Ithaca area.
One of the most popular places to visit is Taughannock Falls State Park. I have been there on two different science related field trips with school, as well as in my free time. Taughannock falls is located on the west side of Cayuga Lake in Trumansburg, NY. There is lake access on one side of the road and a walking trail that leads to the falls on the other. You also have the option of hiking up and around the gorge as well. The hike up and around the gorge is much more outdoorsy feeling and much less traveled than the lower path. When I hiked the upper trail with a group of classmates and a park guide, we only ran into one other person. If you aren’t looking to walk very far at all, I recommend driving to the lookout point where you can view the falls just steps from your vehicle. So when its cold or rainy or you just don’t have much time, it is worth it to stop at the lookout and get a glimpse and maybe snap a picture or two. Even if you do hike to the bottom of the falls, I recommend going to the lookout because it is a totally different view from much higher up.
Robert H. Treman State Park is another popular location to visit. One of the main reasons it is so popular is for its guarded swimming area which draws many visitors on hot days in the summer months. One of the large waterfalls goes right into the swimming area.
Once you have visited a gorge or two, then be sure to pick yourself up an Ithaca is Gorges t shirt. They can be found at local stores and definitely as you stroll through Ithaca Commons located just minutes from the colleges.
Check out other fun things to do in Ithaca at http://www.visitithaca.com/the-ithaca-experience.html