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Waterfalls of the Finger Lakes Region, New York State

Updated on May 29, 2020
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The Finger Lakes Region of New York State is known for its quaint villages, picturesque landscapes, more than one hundred wineries, and of course the Finger Lakes. It's also a great area to explore waterfalls.

Over 30 waterfalls can be found in the following four New York State Parks of the Finger Lakes Region. One of them over two-hundred feet high.

Watkins Glen State Park and Waterfalls

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 one-and-a-half mile Gorge Trail takes visitors past nineteen waterfalls. The path meanders over bridges and under cascades. Hikers can return to the main entrance using the same trail. Another option is to use the Indian trail on top of the gorge for another vantage point of the waterfalls. For visitors tired of walking, there's also a shuttle back to the main parking area during the busier tourist season.

Entrance to the park and waterfalls costs $8.00 per car

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 the Cayuga Lake.

Buttermilk Falls State Park offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and camping. Entrance to the park costs $8.00 per car.

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 feet into a pool surrounded by 400 foot high rocky cliffs. From the parking area, 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.

Taughannock Falls State Park also offers camping, cabins, a boat launch, and access to Cayuga Lake.

Like other parks in the Finger Lakes area, there's an $8 entrance fee.

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

In Robert H. Treman State Park a trail through the Enfield Glen winds past 12 waterfalls, including the 115 foot tall Lucifer Falls.

The New York state park also has nine miles of hiking trails, camp sites, cabins, and swimming near a waterfall.

Access to the park costs $8.00 per vehicle.

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

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 map and directions

Watkins Glen State Park New York:
Watkins Glen State Park, State Highway 14, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, USA

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Buttermilk Falls State Park:
Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

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Taughannock Falls State Park:
Taughannock Falls, 2221 Taughannock Park Rd, Trumansburg, NY 14886, USA

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Robert H. Treman State Park:
Robert H Treman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

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    • Chad Claeyssen profile imageAUTHOR

      Chad Claeyssen 

      8 years ago from Colorado

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

    • everythingdazzles profile image


      8 years ago from Houston

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


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