Just 5 minutes down the road from the Inn at Gothic Eves, you’ll find one of the top attractions of the Finger Lakes Region: Taughannock Falls State Park. Of course, the park is work visiting just to see its namesake feature, Taughannock Falls. However, there is much more to do here, including hiking, kayaking, fishing, standup paddleboarding, swimming and picnicking along the shores of Cayuga Lake, and much more. There’s also a summer concert series in the park, making this a truly delightful destination this summer during your time in the Finger Lakes Region. To enjoy this state park and all it has to offer, simply book a room at our Bed and Breakfast.
Hike to Taughannock Falls
There’s no doubt that the towering drop of Taughannock Falls is a sight to behold. From a distance, you’ll marvel at the sharply rising 400-foot tall limestone bluffs, and delight as the water plunges 215 feet over the cliffs to the gorge below. Taughannock Falls is the tallest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi, and though it has less volume than Niagara Falls, it is taller. There are hiking trails to both the gorge below and the rim above, allowing you to enjoy this powerful beauty from a variety of angles.
The Gorge Trail will lead you 0.7 miles into the gorge towards Taughannock Falls. It’s an easy hike, but the rocks can sometimes be slippery, so exercise plenty of caution and stay on the trail. Enjoy capturing a picture-perfect view of the falls from this trail. On the top, you’ll find the north and south rim trails, which can connect to make a loop. They are both moderate trails that travel approximately 2.75 miles total and offer great views of the waterfalls and gorge below.
Other Things to Do at Taughannock Falls State Park
Though the waterfall is clearly the main attraction in this park, it’s not the only reason to visit! Taughannock Falls State Park is located on Cayuga Lake and has great places for fishing, boating, swimming, and paddleboarding. There’s a monitored swimming area off South Point, offering the perfect way to cool off on a hot day.
They even offer a kayak or canoe rentals for use on the lake. The Summer Concert Series is a seasonal highlight. Not only is this concert venue one of the most beautiful around, but the music is truly delightful. The lineup continues Saturdays in the park throughout the summer, and the entry fee is only $5 per vehicle.
The Best Lodging in the Finger Lakes
After a day of exploring this local treasure, the luxurious accommodations available at the Inn at Gothic Eves await. Make a reservation to enjoy a soak in one of our outdoor jacuzzi tubs, spend time socializing in our common spaces, relax by our fire pit, or otherwise enjoy the amenities at this one-of-a-kind property. Enjoy the best of the area this summer. Book a room at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast today!