Chittenango Falls State Park

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Chittenango Falls State Park
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Photo of Chittenango Falls taken in May from the footbridge spanning the creek.
Chittenango Falls State Park is located in New York
Chittenango Falls State Park
Location of Chittenango Falls State Park within New York State
Type State park
Location 2300 Rathbun Road
Cazenovia, New York[1]
Nearest city Syracuse, New York
Coordinates 42°59′N 75°51′W / 42.98°N 75.85°W / 42.98; -75.85Coordinates: 42°59′N 75°51′W / 42.98°N 75.85°W / 42.98; -75.85
Area 193 acres (0.78 km2)[2]
Created 1922 (1922)[3]
Operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors 46,988 (in 2014)[4]
Open All year
Website Chittenango Falls State Park
Entrance sign to Chittenango Falls State Park

Chittenango Falls State Park is a 193-acre (0.78 km2) state park located in Madison County, New York,[2][5] 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.[6] The gorge and the falls were carved out by glacial sculpting. The last glacial melting occurring 12,000 to 10,000 years ago. [7] 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.[4] 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).[6]

Trails and scenic viewing[edit]

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.[8] 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chittenango Falls State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. p. 671. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Chittenango Falls State Park Brochure" (PDF). NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chittenango Falls State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Breisch, Alvin; Niver, Robin (2006). "Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail (Novisuccinea chittenangoensis) Recovery Plan, First Revision" (PDF). Hadley, Massachusetts: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=82448
  8. ^ Doran, Elizabeth (January 9, 2014). "Chittenango Falls offers stunning views year-round". Syracuse.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 

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