Changing Taughannock Falls

215-feet-high Taughannock Falls is one of the scenic gems of New York’s Finger Lakes region. In this episode (132) of Walk in the Park, we see how Taughannock Falls changes during a day, during a season, during drought and high water, during history, and even during geologic time.

You can watch this episode here online (immediately below) or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times:

9:00 pm, Thursday, April 7

10:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10

8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 12

Or right here anytime, anywhere!

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Ice and High Water! Finger Lakes Park Minute 55

As winter winds down and we have occasional spring-like days, the temptation to venture onto closed gorge trails in the Finger Lakes is great. But it can be very dangerous, as this short Finger Lakes Park Minute shows. This video is published in memory of Bill Chapin, an Ithaca College safety officer and seasonal NY State Park Police patrolman who died thirty years ago when he slid into raging gorge water while he was trying to rescue a young man trapped on the ice above the torrent, at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY.

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Taughannock Roars!

Thaw and heavy rain brought 215-feet-high Taughannock Falls to life, roaring with brown water on its way to Cayuga Lake. In this episode (#125) of Walk in the Park, we take a virtual walk up the gorge to the big show at the falls.

Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY area cable TV channel 13 (and 97.1). First cablecast is 9 PM Thursday, January 14, 2016; then on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM; finally at 8 PM Tuesday, January 19.

Then we go to Buttermilk Falls State Park and do another virtual walk on a loop around the Rim Trail, by the gorge of Buttermilk Glen. We also take a look at January deer hunting in the “Deer Management Focus Area” in Tompkins County. Finally, we report on the record January count of bald eagles at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.
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Buttermilk Falls Returns to its Beauty

Finger Lakes Park Minute 45: Following the flash flood on June 14, 2015, Buttermilk Falls has returned to its normal beauty. But the Gorge Trail remains closed due to some heavy flood damage.

Nonetheless, you can also see the falls from an overlook on the Rim Trail. The upper portion has been known as Pulpit Falls, the middle section is the 2nd Fall, and the bottom section is the First Fall.

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Flash Flood!

A flash flood ripped through gorges in the southern Finger Lakes New York on Sunday, June 14, 2015. In this episode (107) of Walk in the Park, we focus on damage done in the upper portion of Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. We also look at flood waters at Buttermilk Falls State Park and Watkins Glen State Park and at a tornado that damaged the campground at Watkins Glen State Park. Finally we look at odd boulders transported by glaciers during the Ice Age, around Ithaca and a three other parks around the United States.

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Spring Thaw at the Falls

Our Finger Lakes Park Minute #39. The City of Ithaca, NY is framed by two big waterfalls. Both put on a show when the water is high. Ithaca Falls is at the City’s northeast corner. Buttermilk Falls is at Ithaca’s southwest boundary.

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Finger Lakes Park Minute: The Flood Zone in Watkins Glen

Glen Alpha is the traditional name for the first full section of the gorge called Watkins Glen, in Watkins Glen State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region. We continue our exploration of Glen Alpha in episode 32 of Finger Lakes Park Minute, this time looking where Glen Creek continues its downward erosion, deepening this spectacular section of gorge. Cavern Cascade and Minnehaha Falls are in the background.

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Finger Lakes Park Minute: Frigid Ithaca Falls!

Ice forms on Ithaca Falls during January.

Ice forms on Ithaca Falls during January.

January closes its icy fingers around Fall Creek at 150-feet-high Ithaca Falls, in Ithaca, NY at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

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Park Minute: Treman Gorge, Open for Visitors

The upper gorge by Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park was finally opened in late August following a year of repairs of damage from the intense flood of August 9, 2013.

The upper gorge by Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park was finally opened in late August following a year of repairs of damage from the intense flood of August 9, 2013.

Gorge stone masons of the Finger Lakes Region of NY State Parks labored for a year to repair flood damage in the spectacular upper gorge of Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca. The Gorge Trail is now completely open and you can walk by 115-feet-high Lucifer Falls once more.

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Love Your Parks!

Episode 77 of Walk in the Park, recorded May 21, 2014. On Ithaca public access TV cable channels 13 and 97.3, continuing Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, May 27, at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, online right here anytime.

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Volunteers assemble picnic tables in the parking lot of the upper park in Robert H. Treman State Park on I Love My Park Day on May 3. Photo by Monica Howland of the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park.

This time we look at I Love My Park Day on May 3 at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca; initiated and coordinated by Parks & Trails New York and organized and run by park staff and the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Fifty-five volunteers built picnic tables, filled sand bags and carried them and stones into the upper gorge for post-flood stone masonry repairs on the Gorge Trail, cleared the South Rim Trail of leaves and tree limbs that had covered it over the winter, cleared gravel and other debris from the footbridge below Lucifer Falls, and cleaned the Old Mill.

Buttermilk Falls in flood May 16, by Lucienne Cruvellier

Buttermilk Falls in flood May 16, by Lucienne Cruvellier

In the second half of the show, we take a look at flooding at Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, and Cayuga Lake through the lenses of local residents, and watch an aerial video of downtown Ithaca by Photography 4d.

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And, you can watch our Park Minute summary of I Love My Park Day right here as well:

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