Horseshoe Falls

Cornell Botanic Gardens: Fall Creek Gorge Tour

Horseshoe Falls

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens


Thirty-foot-high Horseshoe Falls is one of six waterfalls in this Gorge. The water of Fall Creek has been eroding away gorge bedrock—shale and sandstone—for over 15,000 years. Waterfalls are formed when water erodes away layers of weak shale faster than underlying layers of tougher sandstone, creating a stair-step pattern of bedrock. Take a moment to take in the sights and sounds at this overlook.

Warning: Do not swim here. Strong undercurrents, even when the water flow is low, have trapped people underwater and resulted in drowning.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Cornell Botanic Gardens: Fall Creek Gorge Tour


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