There are several majestic waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Taughannock Falls features a waterfall with a 215-foot drop and is one of largest in the Finger Lakes region. Watkins Glen has 19 waterfalls throughout the Watkins Glen State Park. The city of Rochester even features a number of waterfalls at the downtown High Falls section of the city.
Even if you don't have the time to make it to Taughannock Falls in Ithaca or High Falls in Rochester there are probably spectacular waterfalls near you, wherever you are in the Finger Lakes. Ask around for friendly local recommendations and suggestions!
Some waterfalls in the area can be seen from the road or a parking lot, and some require a Finger Lakes hiking excursion along a park trail in order to find the scenic beauty of a waterfall. The following list tells you a little more about the waterfalls in the Finger Lakes.
Top Waterfall Hikes in the Finger Lakes
- Letchworth State Park - Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, the western borders of the region offers outstanding views, miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, biking, rafting and kayaking. Difficulty: Easy - moderate.
- High Falls - In the downtown area 60 Browns Race Rochester, NY, offers walkways for viewing nearby shops, museums and breweries. Difficulty: Easy.
- Conkin Gully - NYS Route 245 in the Hi-Tor Wildlife Management area, Parrish Hill Road. Park at the base, strap on your water shoes and hike up the gorge, up and over multiple small cascades. Difficulty: Moderate.
- Watkins Glen - Base entrance in town on Route 14, Watkins Glen is one of the Finger Lakes region's most spectacular attractions. Walk up and around the gorges' stairs to 19 different waterfalls and cascades.
- Taughannock Falls - This falls has an incredible drop of 215 feet, and is one of the highest in the region. View from the balcony accessible from the upper parking lot near Rte 89. A trail to the bottom or Rim available.
- Buttermilk Falls - Visible just off Route 13 south of Ithaca, NY. Swim at the base of the falls during the summer or hike the trails along the gorge. Difficulty: Easy - moderate.
- Lucifer Falls - Located in Robert Treman State Park south of Ithaca is another majestic waterfall in the Enfield Glen. Hiking trails wind around smaller waterfalls and lead to the 115 Ft Lucifer Falls.
- Fillmore Glen - Fillmore Glen State Park, Route 38 Moravia, provides camping, nature trails, 5 waterfalls in the Glen and a swimming area fed by the creek.
- Pratts Falls - County Rd 218 Northeast of Pompey, NY in Onondaga County. This waterfall is 137 feet and part of Limestone Creek. There is a trail that provides viewing of the falls from the rim, midpoint and at the base.