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Chittenango Falls State Park
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Chittenango Falls in May 2007
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Type State park
Location 2300 Rathbun Road
Cazenovia, New York
Nearest city Syracuse, New York
Area 193 acres (0.78 km2)
Created 1922 (1922)
Operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors 46,988 (in 2014)
Open All year
Website Chittenango Falls State Park

Chittenango Falls State Park is a 193-acre (0.78 km2) state park located in Madison County, New York, east of Cazenovia Lake. The park features a 167-foot (51 m) waterfall that cascades over roughly 400-million-year-old bedrock. At the bottom of the falls the meandering Chittenango Creek flows underneath a wooden bridge. The park offers a variety of activities including picnic tables with pavilions, a playground, a nature trail, hiking, and fishing.

Approximately 45,000 visitors come to the park each year to engage in a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Although many camping guides still mistakenly list it as a campground, the park's campground was closed in the mid-2000s.

Chittenango Falls State Park is also home to the endemic and endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail (Novisuccinea chittenangoensis).

Chittenango Falls 1993
Chittenango Falls, 1993

Trails and scenic viewing

While the park is open year-round, the trail leading to the falls' viewing bridge is closed during winter months due to icy conditions. Views of the falls are still quite picturesque from the top however, with the ability to view the falls from the side of the creek or from a small viewing rail. On the opposite side of the creek, there is a steep uphill trail to the top of the falls opposite the entrance. Along that trail, there are several viewing spots.


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