Cascadilla Falls #3, New York

The third major drop in the Cascadilla Gorge (May 2009)

Of the three waterfalls I saw in the Cascadilla Gorge, the third waterfall in was my favorite. The bridge crossing over the river is very picturesque and scenic, and just added to the beauty of the waterfall. The waterfall itself is not that tall, though it is still very enjoyable. If you look on the left side of the picture, you’ll notice the trail that leads up the gorge, and that trail passes directly next to the falls. The trail past this point looked a little less safe, which is likely why the gorge was closed in early May.

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: 8/10 (easy/moderate, I haven’t experienced the whole hike, but I gather it gets much less accessible as you continue on.)
Height: 15′
Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Cascadilla Falls #3?


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