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.
Part of interconnected trail system: Yes
Trail Surface: Gravel/Stone Dust, Pavement
Trail Markers: none, red blaze, orange 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.