Cascadilla Gorge and Waterfalls – 9 Main Waterfalls

Cascadilla Gorge and Waterfalls
Tompkins County, Ithaca New York

Stream or River: Cascadilla Creek flows into Cayuga Lake Inlet

8 Main Falls and some smaller ones Largest 50 ft
(Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade ) (Cascadilla 80 ft Long S Curved Sloped Cascade ) (Cascadilla 10 ft Cascade) (Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade aka Stewart’s Falls) (Cascadilla Seasonal Channel Cascade) (Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade) (Cascadilla 50′ Multi-level Cascade)(Cascadilla Falls 50 ft cascade aka Giant Staircase)

Dates Visited:
5/25/2008
I have yet to see all the falls here in the park. We only made it to College Ave from Linn Street. I wanted to include all the information I have accumulated since 2008. If the information I provided here is different or wrong, or you have additional information to provide, feel free to let me know.

Maps and Resources used to gather information:
Western New York all outdoors Atlas & Field Guide Publication 2008 104 B1
200 Waterfalls In Central & Western New York “A Finders’ Guide” By Rich And Sue Freeman 2002
World Waterfall Database
Cornell Plantations
New York Waterfalls “A Guide For Hikers & Photographers” by Scott E. Brown 2010

Cascadilla Upper Section

Directions:
From I-81 South in Cortland, Take exit 12 to the right onto US-11/Rt-41 towards Rt-281/Homer/Cortland for .4 miles. Keep left onto Highway 281 ramp for .5 miles. Take the Rt-281 S ramp towards Ithaca for 196 ft. Turn left onto Highway 281 and drive for 11.4 miles. Turn right onto W Main Street and drive for 6.0 miles. Turn left onto Dryden Road and drive for 3.9 miles. Turn left onto Dryden Road and drive .2 miles. Turn right onto Dryden Road and drive .5 miles. Turn left onto Eddy Street for 188 ft. Turn right onto E Buffalo Street for .4 miles. Turn right onto Terrace Place for .1 miles.

Length of Hike:
Cascadilla Gorge Park
Give yourself at least 1 Hour
Approx. .6 miles from the Linn Street Parking to the Stewart Ave bridge and back down.
Approx. .4 miles from the Stewart Ave bridge to the Central Ave bridge and back down.
Moderate with many steps
East Ithaca Recreation Way Trail
Trail 2.4 miles. Surfaces oil and stone

Parking areas: You can access a trail through the gorge from the “Treman Triangle” off of Linn Street in downtown Ithaca and at the trailhead behind the Schwartz Performing Arts Center.
Cascadilla Gorge Falls Parking Linn St and E Court St and Ter Pl                  N42.44285 W76.49463
Cascadilla Gorge Parking 2 Williams St                                                              N42.44235 W76.48966
Cascadilla Upper Area Parking Hwy 366                                                            N42.44421 W76.47286
Cascadilla Upper Parking E Ithaca Recreation Way                                          N42.44144 W76.44987


The landmark I used and called for this next section was, the section of waterfalls between Linn Street and Stewart Ave


Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade (1) in Cascadilla Gorge
Falls: N42.44285 W76.49263
Landmark:
Height: 20 ft
Elevation: 425 ft
Type: Cascade

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Long S Curved Sloped 80 ft Cascade in Cascadilla Gorge
Falls: N42.44268 W76.49204
Landmark: Abandoned de Witt Pl
Height: 80 ft
Elevation: 513 ft
Type: Long sloped Cascade

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Cascadilla 10 ft Cascade in Cascadilla Gorge
Falls: N42.44292 W76.49098
Landmark: Abandoned de Witt Pl
Height: 10 ft
Elevation: 535 ft
Type: Cascade

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The landmark I used and called for this next section was, the section of waterfalls between Stewart Ave and Central Ave

Stewarts Falls in Cascadilla Gorge aka Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade
Falls: N42.44319 W76.48981
Landmark: Stone Arched Bridge
Height: 20 ft
Elevation: 529 ft
Type: Cascade

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Cascadilla Seasonal Channel Cascade in Cascadilla Gorge
Falls: N42.44312 W76.48752
Landmark:
Elevation: 600 ft
Type: Cascade

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Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade (2) in Cascadilla Gorge
Falls: N42.44318 W76.48748
Landmark:
Height: 20 ft
Elevation: 600 ft
Type: Cascade

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Cascadilla 50 ft Multi-level Cascade in Cascadilla Gorge
Falls: N42.44314 W76.48625
Landmark: cross over bridge
Height: 50 ft
Elevation: 650 ft
Type: Multi-level Cascade

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Cascadilla Falls in Cascadilla Gorge aka Giant Staircase
Falls: N42.44311 W76.48535
Landmark:
Height: 50 ft
Elevation: 675 ft
Type: Staircase Cascade

CASCADILLA GORGE FALLS TOMPKINS COUNTY CENTRAL NEW YORK 5-24-2008_00035.JPG


Judd Falls (Ithaca) Additional resources is stating the falls are in a different location.
Falls: N42.44272 W76.47719
Possible Pine Tree Road N42.442640 W76.469761
Landmark:
Height: 12 ft
Type: Series

Waterfall                                                                                                                 Location            Elevation
1 Cascadilla Gorge Falls Parking       Linn St and E Court St and Ter Pl         N42.44285 W76.49463  426 ft
2 Cascadilla Cross over Bridge                                                                            N42.44293 W76.49413
3 Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade                                                                                    N42.44285 W76.49263
4 Cascadilla Long Curved Sloped Cascade                                                        N42.44268 W76.49204 513 ft
5 Cascadilla 10 ft Cascade                                                                                    N42.44292 W76.49098 535 ft
6 Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade (Stewart’s Falls)                                                        N42.44319 W76.48981 529 ft
7 Cascadilla Stone Arched Bridge                                                                        N42.44339 W76.48930
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8 Cascadilla 4 ‘ cascade                                                                                         N42.44324 W76.48820 577 ft
9 Cascadilla 2′ narrow drop w/long wide cascade                                           N42.44319 W76.48784
10 Cascadilla Seasonal Channel Cascade                                                          N42.44312 W76.48752
11 Cascadilla 20 ft Cascade Falls                                                                         N42.44318 W76.48748
12 Cascadilla 2 cross over bridge                                                                        N42.44314 W76.48638
13 Cascadilla 50′ Multi-level Cascade                                                                 N42.44314 W76.48625
14 Cascadilla Falls 50 ft cascade aka Giant Staircase                                      N42.44311 W76.48535
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15 Cascadilla Trolly Footbridge Falls                                                                  N42.44306 W76.48421 730 ft
16 Cascadilla Eddy Dam Footbridge Falls                                                         N42.44227 W76.48067          
17 Judd Falls wwdb                                                                                               N42.44272 W76.47719 804 ft
18 Cascadilla Dwyer Bridge and Dam and Falls                                              N42.44323 W76.47661
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19 Judd Falls (Ithaca) Hwy 366 and Judd Falls Rd                                           N42.44396 W76.46974 857 ft
20 Judd Falls Bridge 399 Pine Tree Rd                                                             N42.44262 W76.46972

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Cascadilla Gorge Falls

CASCADILLA GORGE FALLS, TOMPKINS COUNTY, CENTRAL, NEW YORK 5-24-2008

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