Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca

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Admire an extensive series of cascades at Buttermilk Falls State Park, where you have a range of opportunities for hiking and enjoying the area's lush nature. Though named for the largest of its waterfalls, the park features nine others of varying size and length. Visit the park and hit the trail to view these falls, accessible via a network of hiking paths that give you clear views of the waterways. Follow these trails, which range from 1.2 km (0.75 mi) to 2.4 km (1.5 mi), down through the valley and alongside the falls themselves. Keep in mind that while the trails are relatively short, they vary in difficulty and can be quite intense, so be sure to outfit yourself with some comfortable hiking shoes. Plan my day in Ithaca using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Quick trip to buttermilk falls, lovely picnic spot. Lawn was in need of mowing. Spent time hete as an undergrad. 
    Quick trip to buttermilk falls, lovely picnic spot. Lawn was in need of mowing. Spent time hete as an undergrad.  more »
  • Beautiful gorge trial, beautiful peaceful hike with lots of great nature. Not busy at all when we went. 
    Beautiful gorge trial, beautiful peaceful hike with lots of great nature. Not busy at all when we went.  more »
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  • Finally made it to Buttermilk Falls SP after not being able to come here the last time I was in Ithaca. Did the short Gorge - Rim Trail loop. Make sure to have non-skid soles shoes since parts of Gorge trail is wet. Great views of the gorge and the falls. Parking is $9 per vehicle and if you are paying cash, make sure you have the exact amount.
  • Beautiful walk up the side of the waterfall. Lots of steps so wear good shoes. If you start at the bottom and walk up it, you experience the falls in front as you go. The easier option is to start the loop trail at the parking lot and then go down the steps. You will just have to turn around as you go to view the falls.

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