Triphammer Falls


Triphammer Falls is a beautiful waterfall located on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. The waterfall has a total height of about 55 feet and it can be found along Fall Creek. The creek features the strongest flow during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. 

The waterfall was once natural, but it was significantly altered in the 19th century when a dam was built. The dam resulted in the development of Beebe Lake. The dam can control water flow between 12 and 4,700 cubic feet per second. To connect Central and North Campus, a pedestrian bridge was built over Triphammer Falls in 1997. The bridge offers a great view of the waterfall!

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Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 55 feet
  • Type: Horsetail and cascade
  • Water source: Fall Creek
  • Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible

Triphammer Falls Location

  • Park: Ithaca Falls Natural Area
  • Address: Triphammer Falls
  • Town: Ithaca
  • State: New York
  • GPS: Lat 42.45171 Lng -76.47995
  • 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


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