Horseshoe Falls

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Horseshoe Falls in Ithaca, New York is a beautiful waterfall located right on the Cornell University campus. The waterfall has a total height of 20 feet and it can be found along Fall Creek. Fall Creek flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although it is best to explore the waterfall in the spring, Horseshoe Falls is a great spot to visit year-round. The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of mainly cascades. 

Accessing the waterfall is relatively simple and quick. The waterfall is located in the Ithaca Falls Natural Area which features a well-marked trail system.

The waterfall can be viewed from the Gorge Path and visitors are welcome to get a closer look by walking down the stone steps to its base. There is a great stone viewing area along Fall Creek which allows visitors to get a closer look at the falls. Visitors must stay within the viewing area because many lives have been lost swimming at the falls. 

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Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 20 feet
  • Type: Cascade
  • Water source: Fall Creek
  • Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible

Horseshoe Falls Location

  • Park: Ithaca Falls Natural Area
  • Address: Horseshoe Falls
  • Town: Ithaca
  • State: New York
  • GPS: Lat 42.45195 Lng -76.48614
  • Parking Notes: There is limited parking for the Fall Creek waterfalls in Ithaca. The best parking area is located just off Fall Creek Drive. There are about 10 parking spots and they are free to park at. Parking is limited to 1 hour. Additionally, visitors can park in downtown Ithaca. The Dryden Road Garage is a great parking garage that charges a small fee.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE

1 review for Horseshoe Falls

  1. Tiffany

    Horseshoe Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Ithaca, New York. I love the small lookout area built on the side of the river. Don’t miss this waterfall!

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