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Chittenango Falls State Park

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ALERT: Park is open, Social Distancing requirements in place.  Camping and pavilion reservations are canceled though May 31, 2020. The Gorge Trail will be closed starting May 18th through the end of August for construction repairs.  No access, but please utilize our other trails.

  • Historically, Central Region of NYS Parks has opened for the season Memorial Day weekend and this year will no different, albeit with a slightly different operation plan, due to Covid19.

  • The park will be limited to 50 percent capacity daily throughout the weekend.  Once capacity has been reached.  Vehicles will be stopped from entering and only be allowed to enter when another vehicle departs.

  • Visitors should come prepared for a brief stay (1 hour or less) as well as have a backup plan to recreate in the event they are turned away if the park has reached the 50 percent threshold.

  • Where applicable, the beach will be open, with swimming limited to shallow water only. The Splash Pad at Chenango Valley will be closed. Picnic areas around the beach area will not be available.

  • Groups will not be allowed to congregate on the beach and face coverings will be required around public buildings, including restrooms.

  • No concessions, fountains or amenities (ball fields, playgrounds, boat rentals) will be available.

  • NYS Parks welcomes back our patrons, but strongly urges them to follow the above plan so that everyone in Central New York has an equal opportunity to enjoy our beautiful park system and Memorial Day weekend.

2300 Rathbun Rd.
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Latitude 42.977997
Longitude -75.844566

A picturesque 167-foot waterfall is the main attraction of Chittenango Falls State Park! Glacial sculpting over 400 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.

Pavilion Information
Chittenango Falls has two pavilions. Prices range from $50 to $200 and can accommodate 25 or 100 people. Check availability at

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Mailing Address
c/o Clark Reservation State Park
6105 East Seneca TurnpikeJamesville, NY 13078

Hours of Operation

  • Open year-round, with restrictions.  Call Clark Reservation at 315-492-1756 for specifics.
  • Park Office Hours:
    Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
  • Shelter Rentals:
    Available mid-May to Labor Day, 9 a.m. - sunset.  Call Clark Reservation at  315-492-1756 to reserve.

    Fairchild Pavilion, capacity 100
    Overlook Pavilion, capacity 25

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Weekdays:  $3/car
    Weekends/Holidays:  $5/car
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee:  $35
    Commercial Bus Fee:  $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit:  $75

    *Fees collected via automated pay station. The machine does not distribute change. It accepts coins, one dollar & five dollar bills, and credit cards. Golden Park Pass patrons can contact Clark Reservation to obtain a parking pass for display in their vehicle. Access Pass holders can also contact Clark Reservation to obtain information about using their pass at the Falls.


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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Waterfalls