Denison Falls, New York

Off in an corner of a nature center near Ithaca is where you’ll find Denison Falls. It’s not far from the much taller Taughannock Falls and is only a few miles from Ithaca. It is also very easy to get to the top of the falls from the parking area, though I don’t think there’s anyway to get to the base of the falls. This falls might be one that is better viewed in winter or fall when the leaves are off the trees, as the trees have a tendency to block parts of the falls.

Right next to Denison Falls at the nature center is probably the main attraction. It’s a huge 4 or 5 story treehouse, which is sure to excite the child in everyone. We got to the falls, and my dad decided to check out the treehouse. It’s a very nicely built tree house. Check out the treehouse while you’re there, though it’d be hard to miss!


  1. From Ithaca, somehow head north on NY-89. How to get onto NY-89 can be difficult to figure out when you’re not familiar with the area.
  2. Head north on NY-89 for about five miles.
  3. On your left, you’ll see a sign for the Cayuga Nature Center. Turn left and then park at the nature center.
  4. Follow the signs to the tree house and falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 21′
Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip

Denison Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Denison Falls?


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