Fillmore Glen State Park

Moravia, New York 13118

Fillmore Glen State Park

Fillmore Glen State Park Professional Review and Guide

"One waterfall after another tumbles through a narrow, lushly forested gorge, a place where the thirteenth president of the United States may have spent time in his youth.

If you’re only going to take one hike in central New York, make it Fillmore Glen. Rarely do we find such a magical combination of striking geological formations, glistening gorge walls that weep with spring runoff, a storybook forest, and no fewer than five waterfalls—including one that plummets from a creek tributary at the top of the gorge."

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"Fillmore Glen has much in common with the other gorge-centric state parks in the region, Buttermilk Falls (pages 157 and 164), Robert H. Treman (page 175), Taughannock Falls (pages 133 and 139), and Watkins Glen (page 194), all of which have a swimming area, camping, picturesque waterscapes, day-use facilities, and trails that wander through gorges and along their rims."

"Dry Creek is dammed twice. The first dam at the upper (E) end is to control water flow. The second dam at the lower (W) end creates a swimming hole. Be sure to bring your bathing suit for a dip after a hot climb. Behind the swimming area is the Cow Sheds, a cavern of carved rock formed by the rushing waters and a 30-foot high cascading waterfall. Legend has it that cows from neighboring farms took refuge in the coolness of the rock cavern during hot summer days, hence the name Cow Sheds. It’s well worth the short walk to see this unique area."

"One waterfall after another tumbles through a narrow, lushly forested gorge, making this a delicious hike on a hot summer day.

Rarely do we find such a magical combination of striking geological formations: glistening gorge walls that weep with spring runoff , a storybook forest, and four waterfalls—including one that plummets from a creek tributary at the top of the gorge. Tie all this with an ingenious system of eight bridges that cross and recross the gorge, laced together by a pathway reinforced with natural stone guard walls, and you have the kind of hiking experience for which the Finger Lakes region is famous."

"One waterfall after another tumbles through a narrow, lushly forested gorge, making this a delicious hike on a hot summer day."

"Ten thousand years ago as glaciers retreated from the area, their melt waters poured off Summer Hill down steep slopes to the Owasco inlet valley. The torrents cut their way through soft shale, sandstone, and even limestone in their rush to the valley below. The result is the spectacular geologic formation we know today as Fillmore Glen. Today Fillmore Glen State Park covers 938 acres and is managed by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The three trails, each 1.8-miles long, begin in the valley and rise 349 feet to a man-made dam at an elevation of 1,720 feet. The Gorge Trail follows the water’s path. The North and South Rim Trails each follow their respective rims. The creek, which flows through the gorge and did the sculpting you’re about to see, was given the unlikely name of Dry Creek. Surface: Dirt trail."

Fillmore Glen State Park Reviews

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8/6/2010
The Fillmore Glen is a fantastic example of a well maintained NY State park. The Gorge trail was tough to get up to from the pool. Probably impossible for youngsters and elderly or out of shape people to climb the steep 200+ stone stairs to the trail. There is a driveway and parking extension to the top of these stairs. The trail proper begins with a nice straight, with the glen "pool" far below and thunderous sound of waterfall ahead. The Cow Shed rock formation was incredible and unique. Can't really see the waterfall from this vantage point, but not necessary. The gorgeous path continues down the dry creek (which probably swells up good during/after storms). A real sense of natural history and awe come to light. Steeps descend into the glen with trees growing sideways and natural water spills and rock drippings carve its way through. Very awesome and magical trail to take especially in early or late of day. Some parts I considered slippery and dangerous. Don't let kids or animals too far away from sight.
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10/17/2005
Very nice family hike, couple of bigger waterfalls with numerous smaller cascades thoughout the gorge. On wet days there can be some tricky spots for smaller kids but a perfect autumn day family hike.
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Trail Information

Moravia
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.4
Distance
525 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Fillmore Glen State Park, 1686 NY 38, Moravia 13118; (315) 497-0139; parks.ny.gov/parks/157/details.aspx
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Oct 2018