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Waterfalls of the Finger Lakes Region, New York State

Updated on May 29, 2013

The Finger Lakes Region of New York State is known for its quaint villages, picturesque landscapes, its more than one hundred wineries, and of course the Finger Lakes. It's also a great area to explore for those who love waterfalls.

WATKINS GLEN - Watkins Glen State Park can be found just steps away from the town of Watkins Glen, NY, at the south end of Seneca Lake. The 1.5 mile Gorge Trail takes visitors past 19 waterfalls as it meanders over bridges and under cascades. Hikers can return to the main entrance using the same trail, use the Indian trail on top of the gorge, or take a shuttle back (in season).

Rainbow Falls at Watkins Glen
Rainbow Falls at Watkins Glen
Along the Gorge trail at Watins Glen State Park
Along the Gorge trail at Watins Glen State Park

BUTTERMILK FALLS - A cascade located in Buttermilk Falls State Park. This waterfall is formed by the Buttermilk Creek flowing down a steep cliff into Cayuga Lake.

Buttermilk Falls at Robert H. Tremans State Park in New York State
Buttermilk Falls at Robert H. Tremans State Park in New York State | Source

TAUGHANNOCK FALLS - The impressive Taughannock Falls, in the state park of the same name, drop 215 ft. into a pool surrounded by 400 ft. rocky cliffs. A short 3/4 mile walk takes visitors to a viewing platform at the bottom of the falls. People wishing to view the falls from above can drive to the falls overlook on top of the gorge.

View of Taughannock Falls from the falls trail.
View of Taughannock Falls from the falls trail.
Taughannock Falls from the overlook above
Taughannock Falls from the overlook above

ROBERT H. TREMAN STATE PARK - A trail through the Enfield Glen winds past 12 waterfalls, including the 115 ft. tall Lucifer Falls.

Waterfalls at Robert H. Treman State Park
Waterfalls at Robert H. Treman State Park | Source

WHERE - The Finger Lakes area is located in south central New York State. It's about 220 miles from New York City; 175 miles west of Albany, NY; 140 miles east of Niagara Falls, NY; and 180 miles north of Harrisburg, PA.

Finger Lakes Waterfalls

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A markerWatkins Glen State Park New York -
Watkins Glen State Park, State Highway 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, USA
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B markerButtermilk Falls State Park -
Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
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C markerTaughannock Falls State Park -
Taughannock Falls, 2221 Taughannock Park Rd, Trumansburg, NY 14886, USA
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D markerRobert H. Treman State Park -
Robert H Treman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
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      Chad Claeyssen 4 years ago from Loveland, Colorado

      It is pretty and definitely worth a visit. Maybe a good long weekend trip from Pittsburgh.

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      Janelle 4 years ago from Houston

      Wow what a beautiful place. I will have to visit there in the future!