Buttermilk Falls State Park Gorge Trail

Ithaca, New York 14851

Buttermilk Falls State Park Gorge Trail

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"Waterfalls, dramatic waterscapes, and handsome stonework are all iconic images of the state parks in the Finger Lakes region.  e Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls won’t let you down in providing all these scenic settings in abundance.  e plunge pools and potholes are particularly striking, and you’ll fi nd plenty of opportunities to snap gorgeous pictures."

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200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide (Footprint Press)
Rich & Sue Freeman
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"You’ll see Buttermilk Falls the minute you drive into this state park. It looms above as a frothy white cascade, 80-feet wide. It’s comprised of two segments, called First Fall and Second Fall, each approximately 90-feet high. At the base is a dammed swimming area. Buttermilk Creek drops 500 feet in a series of waterfalls and rapids, on its way to Cayuga Inlet. Above Buttermilk Falls, the gorge widens to an amphitheater where rocks project in a semicircle forming Pulpit Rock and Pulpit Falls. Farther up, you’ll find Pinnacle Rock, also called Monument Rock or Steeple Rock. This 50-feet high stone pillar stands in the center of the glen, detached from the sides. Pinnacle Rock has worn down at a rate of one inch per century." Read more

Buttermilk Falls State Park: Gorge Trail Reviews

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5/27/2009
Gorge trail is the best for seeing the waterfalls. Rim trail almost too difficult for my 6 year old but overall an easy, beautiful trail for the whole family.
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5/9/2008
Beautiful hike up the falls and on to the surroundig trails. Many wildflowers were in bloom and added to this idyllic journey. The information that I received from trails.com included a written description at various points along the trail, along with the distance they were located at. By using our GPS we knew exactly how far wew had gone and gave us a heads up on what to look for.
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Trail Information

Ithaca
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
1.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
1–1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Swimming
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Lower Buttermilk Falls State Park
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Dec 2018