Taughannock Falls State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Think you have to go all the way to Niagara to see stunning waterfalls in New York state? Think again. Taughannock Falls State Park is nestled in the Finger Lakes region just outside of Ithaca, and its namesake waterfall plunges a whopping 215 feet into the waters below. Along with offering a one-of-a-kind sight to behold from trails both deep inside the gorge and perched atop the rim, Taughannock Falls State Park also invites visitors to a nigh-endless list of outdoor recreational pursuits, including boating on and swimming in Cayuga Lake in the spring and summer, as well as ice skating and cross-country skiing come wintertime. The park has campsites, cabins, picnic areas, grills, and a range of playgrounds and athletic fields. It’s also a popular destination for hunters and fishermen, who find fish and game in plentiful supply within the park’s 750 acres.

Whether you’re a New York native looking for a quick getaway or an out-of-towner hoping to see what the Finger Lakes area is all about, Taughannock Falls State Park is the perfect place to spend a long weekend -- or even longer. Read on to learn everything you need to know to make your Taughannock Falls experience a great one.

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Weather
Spring 28-71 F
Summer 61-83 F
Fall 35-74 F
Winter 20-39 F
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Nearby Cities
Ulysses, New York
Trumansburg, New York
Ithaca, New York
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Taughannock Falls State Park

Psst: been car- and tent-camping for years now? Don’t get us wrong, it’s a whole lot of fun… but there’s something to be said about sleeping on a real mattress. When you travel in an RV, you combine all the best parts of road tripping with playing homebody: freedom, flexibility, and the comfort and privacy of your own special hideaway.

If you don’t have a rig of your own and want to experience the #RVlife for yourself, consider renting a vehicle on the peer-to-peer market at RVshare. Our trusted owners offer cozy, well-kept rigs that are as affordable as they are charming -- and it’s a great way to experience your favorite state park!

Taughannock Falls State Park does offer RV-friendly camping accommodations onsite, including some campsites with electrical hookups. However, like all state parks, sites do fill up quickly, so without advanced reservations, you may find yourself in a lurch.

Luckily, there are plenty of other campgrounds in the immediate area to choose from, many of which offer resort-style amenities to keep any camper satisfied throughout her stay. Here are a few other RV parks and campgrounds to consider in the Taughannock Falls area.

Pinecreek Campground

Located just twenty minutes away from the state park entrance, Pinecreek Campground is an affordable yet well-outfitted RV resort that offers all the comforts of home. Both full and partial hookup sites are available, as well as on-site laundry, propane filling, free wifi, an in-ground swimming pool, and more.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: laundry, bathhouse, swimming pool, catch-and-release trout pond, playground, ball fields, dumping station and more

Spruce Row Campground and RV Park

If you’re looking for a luxury camping experience in the heart of the Finger Lakes area, this is it. Spruce Row Campground and RV Park is located just outside of the state park in Ithaca proper, and it offers a whole range of fun extras like minigolf and playgrounds. Heck, the on-site clubhouse where events are held is actually called the “Fun Hut,” which just about says it all.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: organized events, clubhouse, bathhouse, fishing pond, playground, office store

Sunset on Seneca Campsites

Located on the banks of the next Finger Lake over, Sunset on Seneca is a campground offering seasonal camping options for those who are in the area for an extended period. Facilities include a playground and arcade for the little ones as well as a host of activities for the adults: boat rentals, mini golf, and, of course, access to a wide range of laketop water sports.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: mini golf, boat launch, boat rental

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What to Do at
Taughannock Falls State Park

Inside Taughannock Falls State Park

The show-stopper at Taughannock Falls State Park is, rather unsurprisingly, the falls themselves. But there’s plenty to do inside the state park aside from gawk at its namesake. Here are a few of the most popular recreational activities.

Hiking and nature walking - With trails lining both the gorge and the rim, it’s easy to get a beautiful vantage point of the waterfall, as well as to explore the area in the winter on cross-country ski or snowshoe.

Hunting and fishing - Whether it’s catch-and-release sport fishing or an attempt to secure tonight’s dinner, hunters and fisherpeople are drawn to the park’s beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.

Boating - Although the Falls may be the star of the show, they’re just one tiny piece of the greater Finger Lakes water system. Cayuga Lake is a great place to enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and other water-based adventures, and the state park offers dockage as well as a boat launch and boat rentals.

Outside Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls State Park could easily keep you occupied for a lifetime. But there’s plenty to see, do, and eat outside of the park, too! Thanks to its proximity to the bustling college town of Ithaca, this area is ripe with cultural opportunities and entertainment options to explore.

Restaurants

Even the most devoted adventurer has to eat sometime. Here are a few spots in the area to pick up some local delicacies.

Hazelnut Kitchen

Hazelnut Kitchen offers farm-to-table fare as well as a noteworthy wine list, taking a seasonal approach that’s sure to give you the best taste of what the Finger Lakes area has to offer right now. From classic favorites like freshly-grilled ribeye to more exotic bites like chilled curry carrot soup, you’re sure to find something to satisfy every appetite.

Type: Scratch Kitchen

Location: Trumansburg, New York

Moosewood Restaurant

Serving up lunch, brunch, dinner and drinks, Moosewood Restaurant offers renowned vegetarian fare that will satisfy even the meatiest appetite. Their dishes are freshly prepared each day from locally-sourced, GMO-free ingredients, making this a must-stop for the eco-conscious eater.

Type: Vegetarian

Location: Ithaca, New York

Taste of Thai Express

Taste of Thai Express is the place to turn if you’re looking for something spicy, and they offer both eat-in and take-out options in case you want to tuck in from the comfort of your RV couch. 

Type: Asian

Shopping

Dewitt Mall

Forgot a critical item, or just in the mood for something new? Ithaca is home to a few major shopping centers, including the Ithaca Shopping Plaza and the Dewitt Mall, where you can find just about any item you’re looking for.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Sightseeing

Ithaca Farmers Market

The Ithaca Farmers Market takes place every Saturday and Sunday morning, and even if you don’t need any fresh produce, it’s well worth a visit. With local craftspeople and artisans as well as live music, it’s got a low-key festival atmosphere -- and it’s a lovely way to spend a weekend morning.

Location: Ithaca, New York

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art offers a sprawling and unique collection of cultural artifacts, including two windows which were once in Frank Lloyd Wright’s house. It’s located on Cornell University’s campus, which is worthy of a visit in its own right.

Location: Ithaca, NY

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How to Get to
Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls State Park is located just northeast of Ithaca, New York, and can be via State Routes 96 and 89. You can also use the following address and coordinates to navigate to the park using your GPS:

1740 Taughannock Blvd.

Trumansburg, NY 14886

Latitude 42.533184

Longitude -76.616402

Entering Taughannock Falls State Park

As is the case with other parks in the New York state park system, there is a vehicle fee you must pay in order to enter the property. Camping, cabins, and marina access all come at an additional charge, and the most up-to-date rate information can be found at the park website. If you frequently visit New York state parks, you might consider purchasing an Empire Pass, which gets you access to all of the park-service-managed properties for just $80 annually. The entrance booth is only manned during the following times and seasons:

4/27 - 5/26: 6 AM - 6 PM, weekends & holidays

5/27 - 9/2: 6 AM - 6 PM, daily

9/3 - 10/20: 6 AM - 6, weekends & holidays

Per Vehicle : $8

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