View 373: Taughannock Falls State Park Autumn Walk

I heard there was still good autumn color in the trees around Ithaca, New York. Not that I need one, it gave me an excuse to visit my favorite state park, Taughannock Falls State Park.

Upper gorge in Taughannock Falls State Park from the North Rim Trail bridge.

Upper gorge in Taughannock Falls State Park from the North Rim Trail bridge.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

I have shared many images over the years of the big waterfall, this time I want to take you with me as I walk the Rim Trails in the park. The Upper Gorge is a beautiful and deep gorge cut by the creek before the big waterfall. With an overcast sky, I used a bracketed set of photos to create the HDR image using Photomatix Pro.

View of Taughannock Creek emptying into Cayuga Lake from the North Rim trail in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.

View of Taughannock Creek emptying into Cayuga Lake from the North Rim trail in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 730, EV 0, 95mm Focal Length.

The creek meanders through the lower gorge after the big waterfall to empty into Cayuga Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.

Lower Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.

Lower Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/4s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 48mm Focal Length.

At the start (or end depending which way you are walking) of both the North and South Rim Trails, are the much smaller Lower Taughannock Falls. It has a charm all its own especially with the colors of autumn behind them.

You knew I had to include one of the big waterfall, right?

Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York taken from the North Rim trail.

Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York taken from the North Rim trail.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 3200, EV 0, 48mm Focal Length.

The North Rim Trail has my very favorite view of Taughannock Falls with the trees adding natural framing. The flow of water over the cliff is about normal for late October.

Taughannock Falls State Park never disappoints.

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7 Responses to View 373: Taughannock Falls State Park Autumn Walk

  1. dawnkinster says:

    Pretty. Husband and I were in NY in September, coming down from Quebec where we’d been vacationing. We spent an entire day at Fort Ticongeroga, and then went to Letchworth state park. It was gorgeous too. How far away is that park from this one?

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  2. John Robb says:

    My wife and i explored here three years ago on the way around New York State. Alas it was a bit more in the winter so less colour but also freakishly warm day of around 70 deg which made the walk the photography and the sights that bit more enjoyable. I loved shooting the falls from below with an ND400 – the shale rock walls were so dramatic.

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  3. Gerry says:

    My sister Mary and her husband retired to some farmland overlooking Lake Cayuga. I want to visit them for many reasons, and Taughannock is one of them. I must send her a link to this post. She will like it. I do too.

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