"Taughannock Falls" Taughannock Falls State Park by Fewf

Taughannock is a 215-foot-high, narrow waterfall. Upstream and downstream of the falls lies a gorge of impressive size and depth, but the creek usually carries so little water that most of the gorge is dry.

The local Indian tribes, the Cayuga and Seneca, had a legend that a captured Delaware brave fell in love with a Cayuga maiden. They fled in the night to the Delawares' canoes on Cayuga Lake, but somebody noticed and alerted the village, and the brave and maiden ended up in a hopeless chase, knowing the brave would be tortured to death (per Iroquois code) when caught. They had been running for the creek crossing above the falls, but now they realized they wouldn't make it, so they embraced and leapt off the edge of the falls.

The legend goes on to say that the villagers returned in the morning to pick up their remains, but the remains were nowhere to be found. Evidently, they say, the Great Spirit sympathized with the couple and had opened the door you see to the right of the falls and ushered them in.

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