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New York whitewater, Taughannock Creek

Tompkins county, Above 80-foot waterfall section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     1 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Ithaca, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of Tompkins County and the cool fresh water beats anything. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. There are some good sections
    to paddle in this river system, the Above 80-foot waterfall section is one of them. This is an extremely short stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This stretch of Taughannock Creek in Tompkins
County is 1 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these  
hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Potomac Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. There are plenty of people from Trumansburg here at Taughannock Creek. If the weather is perfect here at Taughannock Creek, you can go for a hike along the Burnt Hill Trail. A good spot like Robert H. Treman State Park in the neighborhood of Taughannock Creek is too fine to leave out, and why not visit Frontenac Point also if you're here. A spree to Taughannock Creek wouldn’t be complete without a tour to nearby Taughannock Falls State Park.

Taughannock Creek, Above 80-foot waterfall road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Taughannock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Taughannock Creek:
Taughannock Creek, Tompkins County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Above 80-foot waterfall)
Taughannock Creek, Tompkins County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 2 miles long (Podunk Road to Route 96 bridge)
Salmon Creek, Tompkins County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 2 miles long (Ludlowville Falls to Cayuga Lake)
Cascadilla Creek, Tompkins County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Collegetown to Ithaca)
Cayuta Creek, Schuyler County, 12 miles away
      Class -blank- - 40 miles long (Main)
Fall Creek, Tompkins County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Cornell Plantations to Beebe Lake)
Fall Creek, Tompkins County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Route 13 Bridge to Cornell Plantations)
Sixmile Creek, Tompkins County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Rt 79 to Brooktondale)
Fall Creek, Tompkins County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Etna to Forest Home)
Owasco River, Cayuga County, 21 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Canoga Road to Turnpike Road)
 Ski Areas Near Taughannock Creek:
Greek Peak, New York , 33 miles away, 952 foot drop, 9 lifts, 29 runs
Song Mountain, New York , 34 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Labrador Mountain, New York , 42 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Bristol Mountain, New York , 55 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Ski Sawmill, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 515 foot drop, 4 lifts, 13 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 85 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Swain, New York , 85 miles away, 650 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Dry Hill, New York , 86 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 89 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
 Marinas Near Taughannock Creek:
Allan H Treman State Marine Park, Ithaca , 8 miles away
Southshore Marina, Scipio Center , 13 miles away
Hibiscus Harbor, Union Springs , 16 miles away
Mid River Marina, Union Springs , 16 miles away
Hideaway Harbor, Cayuga , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Taughannock Creek:
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Ithaca , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Ithaca, Ithaca , 9 miles away
Super 8 Ithaca, Ithaca , 9 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Ithaca, Ithaca , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn Ithaca, Ithaca , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Taughannock Creek:
Spruce Row Campsite, Ithaca, 2 miles away
Kingtown Beach Campsite, Trumansburg, 3 miles away
Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Taughannock Creek:
Potomac Trail, Schuyler , 11 miles away
Burnt Hill Trail, Schuyler , 12 miles away
Interloken Trail, Schuyler , 12 miles away
Gorge Trail, Schuyler , 13 miles away
South Slope Trail, Schuyler , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Taughannock Creek:
Taughannock Falls State Park, New York , 2 miles away
Robert H. Treman State Park, New York , 7 miles away
Allan H. Treman State Marine Park, New York , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Taughannock Creek:
Trumansburg Public Golf Course, Trumansburg , 3 miles away
Cedar View Golf Course, Lansing , 5 miles away
Hillendale Golf Course, Ithaca , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Taughannock Creek
Spencer Lake, Tioga , 17 miles away
Seneca Lake, Seneca , 18 miles away
Owasco Lake, Cayuga , 20 miles away

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