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Hiking in Madison County
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A scenic 167 foot waterfall is the main attraction of Chittenango Falls State Park. Glacial sculpting over 40 million year-old bedrock is responsible for this scenic feature. An interesting variety of both plants and wildlife may be found along the trails.
Visitors can view the falls from the top, walk the winding trail into the gorge view the falls from the footbridge and return to the top along the small trail on the opposite side of the gorge. Activities include fishing, hiking and picnicking. You'll also find a nice playground at the park. There are numerous picnic tables and grills to assist in enjoying your picnic.
Although there are other short hiking trails in the park, the main attraction is the waterfall. The Gorge Trail loop hike is one mile long starting from the parking area and looping back around from the eastern side of the gorge. There are about four miles of hiking trails to explore in the park.
Look below for a couple of videos of this state park as well as pictures and a map of the park.
NOTE: There is a herd path off the Creekside Trail that wanders into private property. It seems like it is the park trail, however there are no blue blazes. We did not find the end loop of this trail as it shows on the map below.
From Buffalo, Rochester & Syracuse: Thruway (I-90) east to Exit 34A, I-481, south to Fayetteville exit, NY 5 east to NY 13 south to park entrance.
From Utica & Albany: Thruway (I-90) west to exit 34, NY 13 south to park entrance.
Impressive stone stairs lead out of the gorge
Late fall on the Gorge Trail
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