This is not calming. Near Cornell University, Ithaca College and the rest, Taughannock Falls - northwest of Ithaca, New York, near Trumansburg. The name "Taughannock" comes from the Delaware Indians, referring either to chief Taughannock or the word taghkanic, meaning "great fall in the woods." The main cataract of the falls is an astounding 215 foot drop, making it 33 feet taller than Niagara Falls and the largest single drop waterfall in the Northeastern United States. The water then flows through a long gorge with cliffs up to 400 ft high, giving rise to the common "Ithaca is Gorges" bumper stickers and t-shirts. The waterfall and gorge is an example of a hanging valley that developed in a very similar fashion to the one at nearby Watkins Glen State Park. See also Taughannock Falls State Park.