Fall Creek Gorge Natural Area

Total distance: 0.95 miles

Difficulty level(s): easy, moderate, difficult

Trails in Cornell Botanic Gardens Fall Creek Gorge Natural Area provide access to one of Cornell's iconic gorges. The Risley Trail leads to a picnic area at creek level on the north side of the gorge and the Horseshoe Falls Trail leads to an overlook in view of the 30-foot high Horseshoe Falls on the south side. The pedestrian suspension bridge provides a bird's eye view of Fall Creek flowing over the gorge's sculpted rock ledges and streambed. With a depth of nearly 200 feet, Fall Creek Gorge is among the most impressive gorges in the Finger Lakes Region. Orientation maps are located at four entry points and interpretive signs are found in four scenic destinations highlighting the gorge's geologic, natural and cultural history. Trails here connect with the Cayuga Trail, and trails within the Botanic Garden area, the F. R. Newman Arboretum, Cornell Campus, and adjoining natural areas links needed.

Portions of this trail system are also included in the Cayuga Trail system.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 42.4524
Longitude: -76.485703

Parking Locations

Bus Stops

Trail Attributes

  • Good for Hiking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Unique Wildlife Viewing

More Info

Part of interconnected trail system:

Trail Surface: Gravel/Stone Dust, Pavement

Trail Markers: orange blaze, none, red blaze

Use of firearms for deer hunting is not allowed. Bow hunting may be allowed. BE SAFE: See the specific trail owner/steward’s website for the most up to date details

This trail is open year round.

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