Taughannock House Hotel

As many as 2 million people visit the Taughannock Falls Overlook each year, in Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State Parks; but few realize that a century ago a beautiful 2 1/2 story tourist hotel stood nearby, the Taughannock House (also known as Halsey Hotel and the Cataract House). In this episode  (162) of Walk in the Park (weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY) we look at this hotel and the archeology work done on its site prior to a wonderful renovation of the overlook area. We also see what’s new at Fillmore Glen State Park, and head into the glen at Watkins Glen State Park. You can watch it online here and on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Friday, March 17, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, March 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions. See his national-award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park Minute 66: Porcupine at Taughannock Falls

We don’t usually see porcupines in public around here, but during the long drought of 2016, this porcupine visited Taughannock Falls for a drink and a dip.

Perhaps his normal sources of water in the woods had dried up and he was forced to show up at this popular waterfall. This video was shot in September 2016 at Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY.
Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY, copyright 2016.
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Fall and Falls

We begin this episode of Walk in the Park (149) with Heritage Day in upper Robert H. Treman State Park. Then we look at fall colors in the upper gorge and Lucifer Falls, attend the dedication of the new park entrance area at Ithaca Falls, and visit the Martin Nature Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in Schuyler County.

You can watch it on Ithaca, NY public access cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM Thursday, October 27

10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30

8:00 PM Tuesday, November 1, 2015

And you can stream it online anytime right here:


Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show on cable channel 13 in Ithaca, NY, produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.
Take a look at my national award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

Taughannock Landslide

Episode 142 of Walk in the Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times in 2017:

Thursday, April 6, 9:00 PM

Friday, 7:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Monday, 9:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

An area known as “Big Bend” along the Gorge Trail on the way to Taughannock Falls (in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, NY) is prone to massive rockslides. This summer, state park officials decided to pre-empt the next big slide by bringing it down in a controlled way. It required closing the gorge for about a month and excluding the public from the danger involved in the work. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we look at the geology behind these rockslides and explain what was done in this extraordinary case of “scaling.”

We also visit the upper gorge at Robert H. Treman State Park to learn more about the geology of our gorges that affect the behavior of their cliffs. Finally, the new visitor center at the Falls Overlook at Taughannock Falls State Park opened this week.
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Glen Reflections

Walk in the Park episode 141 now showing here online and on Ithaca, NY area public access TV channel 13:  9 PM Thursday, July 7, 2016; 10 AM Saturday and Sunday; 8 PM Tuesday, July 12.

Or online here anytime!

There is not a lot of water on our waterfalls during the current moderate drought in the Finger Lakes right now. But our gorges are still worth visiting for the beautiful reflections in the quiet rock pools in the gorges. In the first half of this episode of Walk in the Park (#141), we walk through the Glen Facility and Frowning Cliff sections of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park. We follow this with some 19th century images of the glen before it was a park, including the Glen Mountain House hotel, the Swiss Chalet, the 1872 Suspension Bridge (which is still there and still used today to cross the gorge). Then we jump over to Taughannock Falls State Park and consider some 19th century photos of the two hotels that are long gone. Special treat: a photo of “Rock Avenue,” a footbridge and stairways that crossed Taughannock Gorge above the falls.

We also include our newest “Park Minute” at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

We finish up with a brief discussion of the status of the bills introduced to both houses of Congress proposing the creation of a Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, to be added to the 49 other National Heritage Areas across America.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series on Time Warner Cable channel 13. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.
Take a look at our award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Cayuga Trail

We begin this episode (#140) of Walk in the Park with a look at a dramatic section of the Cayuga Trail where it is perched on high bluffs over Fall Creek in Varna, east of the Cornell Campus. We are in a Cornell Plantations Natural Area.

We also look at some wildflowers at Buttermilk Falls State Park, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network procession in the Ithaca Festival Parade (including Tony Ingraham as the Hydrilla Godzilla!), and finally jump over to Watkins Glen State Park and look at some of its exceptional scenery.

You can watch this episode online below anytime, or catch it on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, June 19, 10:00 AM

Monday, June 20, 9:30 PM

Tuesday, June 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series produced at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look on the website at his national-award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Glimpse of Nature: Cavern Cascade at Watkins Glen State Park

This Glimpse of Nature (#45), just twelve seconds long, shows us one of the most memorable locations along the Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park, in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Visitors can walk behind the waterfall and ascend through the cliff via the Spiral Tunnel, to be able to look down upon Cavern Cascade from above. I’ll have to show you those glimpses another time!

Glimpse of Nature is produced by Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look at our award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone. And watch other Glimpses of Nature.

Ready for Spring!

Are you ready for spring? Because it’s happening! In this episode of Walk in the Pari (#135), I’ll show you a few spring wildflowers coming up. Naturalist, educator, and song writer Becca Harber will sing her inspiring “Spring O Spring” at Buttermilk Falls State Park. We’ll watch “scalers” at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY remove winter-loosened rock from the huge cliff above Lucifer Falls. And Gene Little of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will explain a new “Clean, Drain, and Dry” law in New York that will cut down on the spread of invasive species in our waterways.

You can watch this half hour episode right here (below) streaming online anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times in 2017:

9:00 PM, Thursday, April 27, 2017

10:00 AM & 7:00 PM, Saturday

10:00 AM & 4:00 PM, Sunday

8:30 PM, Monday

8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced by Tony Ingraham at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY.

See our books at Owl Gorge Productions

Rock Falls at Taughannock Falls

​Taller than Niagara, 215-feet-high Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park on the west side of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region lies at the head of a rugged canyon with walls nearly 400 feet high. And huge chunks of stone may plummet without warning into the rocky bowl that surrounds this towering cataract. Why is this waterfall higher than all others in the region? And when did the most famous rockfall occur that changed the look of the falls forever? Find out in this episode (#133) of Walk in the Park.
Watch right here online or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times:

Thursday, April 14     9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM

Tuesday, April 19       8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY, produced at PEGASYS Studios by Tony Ingraham. Take a look at my award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

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!

Walk in the Park is a half-hour public access TV series in Ithaca, NY.
Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY.
See our national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park.