The first drop that I viewed on the Cascadilla Gorge as we explored was a very nice cascading waterfall that doesn’t really even require entry onto the gorge trail. It can be seen at the entrance of the park. It is also the furthest downriver.
Note: The Gorge Trail may be closed until mid-May. When we visited in early May, it was essentially closed, though I did see the first three falls. After that, we turned around.
1) When you’re in Ithaca, try to somehow get to Linn Street. A GPS system would probably be very helpful if you don’t know the area. You can try and park on Linn Street, though when I visited, that was virtually impossible. It is much easier to park on one of the streets running perpendicular to Linn. I parked at a parking meter near a church.
2) Head back to the entrance to the Gorge, which looks like a park.
3) Start walking up the gorge.
Accessibility: 10/10 (I haven’t experienced the whole hike, but I gather it gets much less accessible as you continue on.)
Where in the World is Cascadilla Falls #1?: map