Chittenango Falls is a picturesque 167-foot waterfall that is the main attraction of Chittenango Falls State Park. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in New York state and the Northeast. Glacial erosion over the 400 million-year-old bedrock is what created this amazing waterfall.
The stunning waterfall can be found along Chittenango Creek which flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although it is best to explore the waterfall in the spring to see the largest amount of water flowing, Chittenango Falls is a great spot to visit year-round. The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of large tiered cascades.
The waterfall can be best viewed from its base which is accessible via a short trail. The Chittenango Falls Trail is an easy 0.5-mile loop. The highlight of the well-maintained trail is the small footbridge that goes over Chittenango Creek. It allows visitors to get an incredible view of Chittenango Falls. There are also a variety of plants and wildlife which can be viewed all along the trail.
Parking at the state park where the waterfall is located costs $3 on weekdays and $5 on holidays/weekends. Fees are often not collected during the off-season. Pets are allowed in Chittenango Falls State Park but must be kept on a leash at all times. Swimming/wading below the falls is prohibited. This is an endangered species conservation area.
- Height: 167 feet
- Type: Tiered Cascades
- Water source: Chittenango Creek
- Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible
Chittenango Falls Location
- Park: Chittenango Falls State Park
- Address: 2300 Rathbun Rd
- Town: Cazenovia
- State: New York
- GPS: Lat 42.9786 Lng -75.8415
- Parking Notes: The state park has a large parking area that can hold about 50 cars. The lot is located just Gorge Road and there is a small fee charged per vehicle. ($3-$5)
- Parking Directions: HERE
- Location Directions: HERE