Triphammer Falls

Rainy Day, August 29 2003

State: New York

Location: Ithaca

Height: 40?

Crest: 40?

Water Source: Falls Creek

Waypoint: 42.86N 77.76389W

Summary: This is an urban waterfall on the campus of Cornell University. The abandoned power station at its base is especially interesting.

Triphammer Falls is in Ithaca on the Cornell University campus. It is one of several falls on Falls Creek, of which Ithaca Falls is by far the most impressive. Triphammer Falls is right in the middle of the city. The falls consists of two drops, although the first drop has been partially obscured by the dam that forms Beebe Lake. The lower half can be viewed from the East Avenue bridge.

One of the more interesting features of this falls is the old dilapated power station at its base. I am sure students know some way of getting in there, despite the obvious dangers.

[Lake Cayuga & Lake Seneca] Nearby Falls

Ithaca Falls is a mile downstream. Cascadilla Gorge is also in Ithaca. Buttermilk Falls State Park and Lucifer Falls are a few minutes west on Route 13. Taughannock Falls is a few minutes to the north. Hector Falls, Watkins Glen, She-Qua-Ga Falls, Eagles Nest Falls, Filmore Glen, Montville Falls and probably a hundred others are within an hour's drive.

Photo Gallery

The upper drop

View from above the Falls

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