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TAUGHANNOCK FALLS Taughannock Falls State Park 215ft plunge fall, three stories taller than Niagara Falls Fun Facts Trail Info Pronounced Tuh-GA-nick. The name is believed derived from the Algonquian Taconic ("in the trees") or Taghkanic (after a Lenape chieftain killed in battle nearby). The falls carves a 400ft deep gorge through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone that were once the bed of an ancient sea. Multiple hiking trails provide views of the fall and gorge. Gorge Trail: 0.75mi along Taughannock Creek to the base of the falls. Easy South Rim Trail: 1.125mi. Moderate North Rim Trail: 1.5mi. Moderate Gorge trail and overlook open year round. Other trails open April-Oct. 1 DIRECTIONS FROM ITHACA Take Rt. 89 north 8mi to Taughannock Falls State Park. The gorge and hiking trails are on your left. For an easier view, turn left on Taughannock Park Road and follow the signs to the overlook above the falls. Swimming prohibited in gorge. Dogs allowed on leash. $7/car parking fee (2010). Transferable, valid all day at all NYS Parks.

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