At 215 feet high, Taughannock Falls is the highest single-drop plunge waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.

We hiked the rim trail circuit around Taughannock Falls State Park yesterday. It’s a reminder of how fortunate we are on several fronts:

  • We’re retired and can do things like this during the week on short notice. We usually only see a few other geezers and geezettes (if any) unlike on the weekends and holidays.
  • We’re healthy and fit enough to enjoy things like this. (Although this hike is easy, it’s daunting or out of the question for some of our friends and neighbors.)
  • We live within a few minutes drive of a wealth of parks, preserves, and trails here in this part of the Finger Lakes.

Looking at Taughannock Falls, it’s mind-boggling to know the walls are carved from deposits made over 300+ million years.  The carving itself started with the retreat of the last ice age glacier around 10,000 years ago and continues to this day as each year the waterfall retreats a few more inches, extending the gorge away from Cayuga Lake. Water, freezing, and thawing continue their inexorable excavation. I look forward to seeing what the place looks like in another 10,000 years.