Taughannock Falls State Park
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Introduction

Surrounded by jaw-dropping views of Taughannock Falls, Taughannock Falls State Park is an avid outdoor lover's fantasy, showcasing 750 acres of lake shoreline, beautiful waterfalls, and amazing gorges. Located in Ulysses, New York, this state park is a must for your next RV excursion. You'll have vast opportunities for outdoor adventures in a unique water landscape. From hiking and swimming to fishing and wildflower viewing, Taughannock Falls State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor fun.

The waterfall views of Taughannock Falls State Park are phenomenal, with a drop of 215 feet. You will enjoy soaking in the lake air while being surrounded by amazing wildflowers, including white oak and maple striped trees. There are two additional waterfalls in the park and an abundance of wildlife such as deer. History buffs will enjoy learning about the Native Americans that fought during battles at Taughannock Falls.

Once you have parked your rig at Taughannock Falls State Park, you can wander out on to many nature trails around the park. For water lovers, there is the mile and a half North Rim Trail that provides beautiful views of Upper Falls. If you prefer a shorter more peaceful walk, consider the Gorge Trail that is less than a mile long and takes you to a viewing area at the base of the falls. Taughannock Falls is a spectacular RV destination no matter what time of year you visit.

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Transportation in Taughannock Falls State Park

Driving

Taughannock Falls State Park is easily accessible by car or RV, since it is located in Ulysses, NY, near Trumansburg. Local roads will take you wherever you want to go in the park, from the Park Office and boat launch to the campground and trails. There are no driving restrictions for trailers or RVs within the park, so you are able to get around easily, whether you're in your rig or another vehicle.

There are numerous options for parking your rig and trailers, with 10 lots throughout the park. You'll be able to find spots at the Park Office, fishing pier, marina, near the falls and trail heads. Of course, should you be staying overnight, you can park at the campground.

Should you want to get out on your bike and explore, the roads are paved and provide excellent access to the marina, fishing pier, Park Office, and shelters.

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Campgrounds and parking in Taughannock Falls State Park

Campsites in Taughannock Falls State Park

Reservations camping

Taughannock Falls State Park Campground

Taughannock Falls State Park offers 68 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents from April through October. The campsites are all located in Camping Area A.

These campsites provide access to electricity. Amenities at this campground include comfort stations, showers, and a dump station. Each site has a gravel pad, fire pit, picnic table and are in close proximity to recreational areas.

This campground is more suitable for smaller RVs and trailer since the maximum length is 25 feet. If you have a larger trailer you could park elsewhere and pitch a tent or rent a cabin. Generator use is permitted during certain hours of the day. Quiet hours must be observed at night. There is no limit on how long you can stay. Reservations can be made from one day up to nine months in advance.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First Served

After all campsites have been reserved or rented, accessible spots will be released for first-come, first-served.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Taughannock Falls State Park

In-Season

Hiking

You will want to pack a great pair of hiking boots since there are six hiking trails to choose from at Taughannock Falls State Park that range in difficulty. Should you be looking for an easy hike or casual stroll, head over to Cabin Trail. This is a very short trail that takes you along the shoreline, providing amazing views. For a longer hike, take the two-mile Multi-Use Trail, which will loop you around the spectacular tall trees the park has to offer. Make sure to call the park for updated conditions and status of the trails.

Biking

Taughannock Falls State Park is an amazing place to bring your bike and cruise along the paved roads or out on a trail. After you park your RV you can cycle down by the falls and soak up the wonderful views and atmosphere by traveling along the South Run Trail. If you brought your bike in your rig and are an avid cyclist, you will love to ride along the eight-mile Black Diamond Trail. Starting near Taughannock Falls you can ride all the way to the town of Ithaca while enjoying lovely views of Cayuga Lake and majestic forests.

Swimming

If you are a water person, you will absolutely enjoy the chance to venture into the waters of Cayauga Lake, conveniently located in Taughannock State Park. The stretch of sandy shores not only allows you a place to soak up some rays, but it also provides you a chance to swim out to a floating dock and embrace spectacular views offered by the rest of the lake. You'll want to make sure you bring your swimsuit in your camper since you may not find such a scenic swimming spot in the entire state.

Off-Season

Birding

Taughannock Falls State Park is home to multiple species of birds, so you will want to definitely pack your binoculars in your RV. Some of the many birds you will encounter include Great Horned Owl, Raven, Turkey Vulture, Great Horned Owl, and Common Loon. Hotspots for bird watching include Upper Falls and Lower Falls, which are easily accessible along the South Rim Trail.

Fishing

Don't forget to pack your best fishing rod and reel in your RV because Taughannock Falls State Park is an excellent location to catch rainbow trout. With grassy areas along the shoreline and harboring smaller fish, one will be in heaven during their fishing adventure. Don't worry if you are a nonresident and do not have a license, since you may purchase either a seven-day or one-day pass to fulfill your fishing excursion moment.

Checking Out the Visitor Center

If you want to learn more about the park's history, park your RV or other vehicle at the Visitor Center and check out the stunning views of Taughannock Falls. There are local maps, free one-hour parking, and bike racks. Don't forget to pick up your souvenirs there as well. Plus, when the Park Officer stops by, you can ask them any park related questions you may have.

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