Ludlowville, Lansing, Tompkins
Multi GPS - N 42.54695 / W 76.54334 Directions -Located Northeast of Ithaca. Take
34B to the southeast end of Cayuga Lake and turn down
Ludlowvile Rd. Ludlowville Town Park will be on your left,
just past Salmon Creek Rd.
Number of falls:
1 fall Size/Types: A wide creek bed and thick caprock lead to a combination
plunge and bouncing cascade. 35' high with a cavern behind
and interesting rock formations. Best time to visit: Year round. Flow: Medium. Waterway: Salmon Creek. Time: A few minutes.
Park open all year. Dawn until dusk.
There is parking for three to five cars at the park
entrance. Admission: free. Handicap accessibility: yes. Pets: Allowed on leash. Accommodations: picnic area, playground, gazebo.
Trails Difficulty: easy Markings: none.
From the parking area walk, directly across the park to the
chain-link fence. The access trail to
the top of the falls is to the left of the chain link fence
and can only be used in summer when the water is low. The
access trail to the bottom of the falls is on the right side
of the park. (The land leading from the park on these two
trails is on town property.)
There are two very interesting characteristics about this
falls. The limestone caprock is over 10 feet thick, and is
not very easily eroded. The softer rock underneath has
dissolved and broken away forming a huge cave underneath the
southern end of the falls. On this half the falls lunges
directly over the cave. On the other side, the caprock has
caught up the erosion of the softer rock underneath where a
more classical cascade has formed. The water here is
powerful and has sculpted the surrounding rock into unique
shapes. The plunge pool is deep, and at times of high flow,
the falling water completely covers the cave.
Do not miss... Opposite from the viewing area, a water
jet bounces off halfway down the falls and lands on a
boulder in the creek bed. It has gouged out a a channel in
It is possible to
get behind the falls and enter the cave, but high water and
falling rocks, may make the venture difficult and dangerous.
Contact Lansing Parks and Recreation
Lansing, NY 14882
Phone: (607) 533-7388