A stunning gem with mighty views, Chittenango Falls State Park [2300 Rathbun Rd, Cazenovia, NY 13035] was a highlight on our road trip through Central New York. This park has the highest rate of return for the smallest amount of effort! Check out the trail map,
just .36 miles on the Orange Gorge Trail (add a bit more to finish the loop, not even a full half mile), and of course you can extend your stay by completing additional trails in the park. It is more of a nature walk than a hike, anyone who can walk up and down stairs can and should enjoy this trail. Even if you can’t do stairs – you can still get some excellent views of the waterfall just seconds from the parking lot on the accessible trail.
You could turn back and go the way you came, but who doesn’t enjoy a good loop? We finished crossing the bridge after oogling, and headed up a short steep path and found ourselves on the other side of the falls with a new angle.