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There are over five miles of hiking trails to explore, allowing up close views of the main waterfall as well as many spectacular views of the gorge or you may just want to meander in the woods past skating ponds. Looking to get away from the crowds on the Gorge Trail? Try either of the Rim Trails or the multi-use trail for some solitude.
South Rim Trail - This 1.2 mile trail follows the southern rim of the gorge and has a gentle grade for most of the trail except for two steep staircases at the eastern end. The trail has some spectacular views of the upper gorge. There is an overall elevation change of 430 feet. Start this trail from the small Jacksonville Road parking area on the west end of the trail and you'll miss the park entry fee. You can use this trail and the North Rim Trail to create a loop hike of the gorge.
North Rim Trail - This 1.5 mile trail follows the northern rim of the gorge and crosses the upper gorge on an old railroad bridge with spectacular views of the gorge. The western part of the trail ends at the end of the bridge with the junction of the South Rim Trail. The trail travels through the main falls overlook and parking area. As the trail makes its way toward the eastern end at NY 89, you'll pass numerous overlooks with views into the gorge. There is an overall elevation change of 410 feet. The Falls Overlook has parking as well as restrooms and a picnic area.
Gorge Trail - This easy 0.75 mile trail leads to a viewing area at the base of the main waterfall. The trail is open all year and can be enjoyed by all members of your family.
Rice Hill Trail - This two mile trail is also known as the Multi-Use Trail. The trail has a gentle grade with an overall elevation change of 150 feet. In the winter the trail is used for cross country skiing. There is a small gravel parking area across from the Falls Overlook parking area off Taughannock Park Road. Most park in the Falls Overlook parking area and cross the road.
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