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Ithaca Falls in New York State

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Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls
Ithaca Falls
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Ithaca Falls is a secret 105-feet (32-m) high waterfall in the city of Ithaca, New York. It is accessible for everyone and is deemed to be one of the state’s best roadside waterfalls. Situated close to downtown and near Stewart Park, this is a great place to relax with a good book or enjoy a picnic lunch.

When is the best time to visit Ithaca Falls

Although you can visit Ithaca Falls all year round, the best time to witness this magnificent place runs between May and early October, when the waterfall is full-flowing and the temperatures are mild. Just remember that summer in the area can be quite busy.

Ithaca Falls facts

Formed in a place where Fall Creek intersects Cayuga Lake's glacial trough, Ithaca waterfall presents the last of a series of waterfalls along the hanging valley. The falls is located in an amphitheater formed by the thawing and freezing of the weak shale, making up most of the gorge walls.

Things to do at Ithaca Falls

Apart from the falls, there is a world of things to do around, such as promenading in Stuart Park or exploring Cayuga Waterfall Trail, which can be even more exciting. The splash pool below the falls is a popular spot for fly fishing.

How to get to Ithaca Falls

From downtown Ithaca, take Aurora St. north 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to Lincoln St. Turn right, then take a left onto Lake St. The falls will be on the right. You can park on the small lot adjacent to the falls or nearby city streets.

Where to stay around Ithaca Falls

If you plan to explore Ithaca and its outskirts for a couple of days, Ithaca by Firelight Camps or Shelterbelt Farm can offer the best nearby options for your budget and a comfortable rest.

Practical info

What is the best time to visit Ithaca Falls?

Ithaca Falls is open year-round, but it's best to visit between May and early October when the waterfall is full-flowing and the temperatures are mild. The summer season can get quite crowded, so spring and autumn shoulder seasons can be more fitting for visitors who prefer fewer crowds. Show more

What are some things to do at Ithaca Falls?

Other than admiring the falls' beauty, visitors can explore the Cayuga Waterfall Trail for hiking and other activities, visit Stuart Park for a peaceful walk amidst lush greenery, or indulge in fly fishing in the splash pool below the falls, which is a popular activity in the location. Show more

Can you swim in the splash pool at Ithaca Falls?

Although not prohibited, swimming in the pool below Ithaca Falls isn't recommended due to potential hazards and swift water. The surrounding rocks are slippery, and the pool is shallow. While swimming isn't safe, fly fishing in the splash pool is trendy amongst travelers. Show more

How do you get to Ithaca Falls from downtown Ithaca?

From downtown Ithaca, take a northbound route to Aurora St. for 0.7 miles, then turn right on Lincoln St. after which you will take the next left onto Lake St. You will find the falls on the right. Visitors can park on adjacent small lots or the nearby city streets, while buses and taxis are also available for transportation. Show more

Where can I stay near Ithaca Falls?

Travelers visiting Ithaca can stay near Ithaca Falls at Ithaca by Firelight Camps or Shelterbelt Farm, which offer convenient and comfortable options for various budgets. Additionally, Argos Inn or Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons are reasonable alternatives for accommodation. For budget-conscious visitors, The Statler Hotel at Cornell University offers affordable lodging near Ithaca's outskirts. Show more

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