Taughannock Falls State Park
Ithaca, NY

About Taughannock Falls State Park

Lake Side Rating
  • Lookout over Taughannock Falls

  • Site 78

  • SIte 66 is Typical of Sites in This Area

  • Site 9 in the Electric Loop

  • Electric Loop from Site 3

  • Electric Loop

  • View of Electric Loop from Site 4

  • New Electric Loop

  • View of Site 30. Many Sites Here Are Quite Deep

  • View Down the Road From Site 42

  • View From Site 42

  • Bathhouse Behind Site 66/9

Taughannock Falls State Park's namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with a marina, a boat launch, and a beach nearby. A multi-use trail, for hiking and cross-country skiing, winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds. The park also offers organized activities, including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront.

Taughannock Falls Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. located just northwest of Ithaca NY close to the western shore of Cayuga Lake
  2. 74 campsites, none are on or near water, 68 are reservable
  3. 18 campsites are electric
  4. sites of various size with the majority being more suited to tents and small trailers
  5. a great base camp for exploring the Taughannock Falls, rim trails, and enjoying water activities on Cayuga Lake
Campground Feature Summary
    Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Mainly level sites. Many sloped sites. Fairly shaded sites. Semi-wooded. Very shaded sites. Very busy during summer months / holiday weekends. Boat launch available for motorboats. Motorboats allowed.

Camping Fees

$18/night non-electric, add $6 for electric sites
Weekend/Holiday surcharge $4/night
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri Apr 15, 2016 thru Sun Oct 9, 2016
Fri Apr 21, 2017 thru Sun Oct 8, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Robert H Treman: 13.2 miles, 21 min
Sampson: 23.0 miles, 29 min
Cayuga Lake: 28.4 miles, 33 min
Watkins Glen: 23.3 miles, 37 min
Fillmore Glen: 31.0 miles, 45 min

Campgrounds Similar to Taughannock Falls and What They Have in Common
(A current work in progress, streamlining ahead)

Fish Creek (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 27 mins : Large lake. Motorboats allowed.
Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 36 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 37 mins : Electric sites. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers.
Letchworth (Western New York), 2 hours 2 mins : Electric sites.
Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 25 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 25 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Buck Pond (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 54 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers.
Fair Haven Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 21 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Wellesley Island (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 46 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 49 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 35 mins : Large sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 22 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 45 mins : Large lake. Motorboats allowed.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 21 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Caroga Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 59 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 12 mins : Large sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Verona Beach (Central New York), 1 hour 46 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 9 mins : Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Eaton (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 3 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 21 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 53 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Coles Creek (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 45 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 55 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Southwick Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 12 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites.
Jacques Cartier (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 7 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Taylor Pond (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 17 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Wilmington Notch (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 3 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers.
Westcott Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 20 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Hamlin Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 54 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Brown Tract Pond (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 27 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Golden Beach (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 34 mins : Large sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Selkirk Shores (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 57 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Robert Moses (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 4 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Ausable Point (Adirondack Park), 5 hours 9 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Motorboats allowed.
Cedar Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 44 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Point Comfort (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 57 mins : Large lake. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 12 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Sampson (Finger Lakes), 29 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Lakeside Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 12 mins : Large lake. Electric sites.
Cayuga Lake (Finger Lakes), 33 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Little Sand Point (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 0 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Rogers Rock (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 35 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Gilbert Lake (Central New York), 2 hours 14 mins : Electric sites.
Robert H Treman (Finger Lakes), 21 mins : Electric sites.
Moreau Lake (Central New York), 3 hours 42 mins : Large sandy beach.
Glimmerglass (Central New York), 2 hours 40 mins : Large lake. Large sandy beach. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Chenango Valley (Central New York), 1 hour 16 mins : Electric sites.
Fillmore Glen (Finger Lakes), 45 mins : Electric sites.
Golden Hill (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 29 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Grass Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 41 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Lincoln Pond (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 44 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.
Long Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 55 mins : Large lake. Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Keewaydin (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 43 mins : Large lake. Motorboats allowed.
Thompsons Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 4 mins : Motorboats allowed.
Crown Point (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 52 mins : Large lake. Motorboats allowed.
Schodack Island (Catskills / Taconic), 3 hours 26 mins : Electric sites. Motorboats allowed.
Putnam Pond (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 36 mins : Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Motorboats allowed.

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