A popular park nearby our Upstate NY bed and breakfast is Taughannock falls. This is still an amazing place to visit during the winter months. The waterfall is slightly taller than Niagara Falls. Visitors can reach an excellent view of the waterfall via a short 3/4-mile-long trail, which is open all year long.
Along with viewing the icy, frozen waterfall, enjoy some winter sports at Taughannock park, including sledding, ice-skating and cross country skiing. Plus, there are no parking or entry fees!
The most popular winter activity in the park is probably viewing the main falls. You can do this from the Falls Overlook parking lot on Park Road. Or, enjoy a brisk walk on the Gorge Trail from the parking lot on State Route 89 along Taughannock Creek to the bridge over the creek. The bridge is always closed in the winter, but there is a good view of the falls just before the bridge.
Ice Skating and Sledding at Taughannock Falls
Ice skating and sledding are available in an area called Rice Hill, which overlooks Cayuga Lake. To get there turn west off State Route 89 onto Park Road. After about a half mile turn right onto Rice Road. The parking area will be on your right in less than a mile. The skating pond is on the left of the warming lodge with the sledding area to the right. Warning: there are no bathrooms or food vendors.
The pond is small and isn’t regularly shoveled free of snow, so you may want to borrow our shovel. The sled run is wide and long–probably 500 ft. or more–with no rope tow. But the hike up is always worth the thrilling ride down!
Cross Country Skiing
There is a marked multi-use trail for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing that winds past the sledding slope, warming lodge, and skating pond. Motorized vehicles are not permitted. You can access this trail from the parking lot on Rice Hill or from the parking lot at the Falls Overlook.