In all seasons, the water flowing through the gorges amplifies the effects of the weather. In spring, as snow melt and rain flood the Cayuga Lake watershed, Cascadilla Creek roars downstream, carrying along tree limbs, rocks, and dead leaves in its rush to lower ground. In August, the flow dwindles to a trickle with the summer's heat. Despite snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures, the creek runs through much of the winter, not icing over until January or February.
Early residents of the area named many of the bends and minor falls in each gorge. Scenic spots in Fall Creek include Rocky Fall, Foaming Fall, and Forest Fall.