Getting to the Ithaca area was more hazardous than I had anticipated. Although TV reports indicated that western New York was experiencing a drought, as I got ready to check out of a hotel in Auburn, NY, a pretty intense rain was falling. As I drove westward on U.S. highway 20, and then southward on NY-89, the rain continued, varying in intensity between light and torrential, occasionally providing some large puddles in the road. On US-20, I passed a line of about 12 bicyclists, who were fortunately decked out in weather-appropriate outerwear.
As I came upon the park, the rain was pretty intense, so I headed into Ithaca for refueling and a quick lunch. The rain subsided as I drove back to the park. I even caught a few glimpses of blue sky. By the time I arrived, the sun was out. I was soon hiking the park's Gorge Trail toward the falls, about 3/4 mile from the parking lot. Early in the hike, I saw this pool of water, fed by a few small cascades.
Further up the trail, I saw this step in the creek bed. It was as if a layer of rock had been chopped away.
Here is a section of the cliff that forms the north side of the gorge.
This view shows the gorge curving toward the left.
Here's the falls, with a viewing area to the right. The flow was rather meager, most likely due to the above-mentioned drought. See the Democrat & Chronicle for a related story.
Near the falls was this section of the north side of the gorge.
I reached the viewing area, seen above, and took a shot of the bridge I had just crossed. The apparent rectangular slot in the trees above the cliff is an overlook.
I took this telephoto shot of the top of the falls.
After I hiked back to the parking lot, I saw these two bridges, over which passes NY-89. Taughannock Creek passes under the left bridge. Under the right bridge, you can see a bit of Cayuga Lake in the background.
The name "Taughannock" looks like it could be a variant of "Tunkhannock", the name of a place in Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, but I don't know if the two names are related. For more information, go to Taughannock Falls and NY Falls.
Again, I headed back to Ithaca and then went southward on NY-13. Unlike Taughannock Falls, my next destination was a place I that had previously known about and seen at least once a long time ago.