Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca

4.6
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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  • We camped for three nights in the park. We were in camping spot 13 and it was pretty open. For more privacy I'd pick site 14. There is a trail from the camping area to the falls/swimming area but it i...  more »
  • Know your abilities before you begin this hike. The Gorge Trail is considered a strenuous workout and the Rim Trail is considered moderate. The best views are on the Gorge Trail. We parked at the top ...  more »
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  • Such a sweet little park. We weren't able to get out and explore due to our own physical abilities. There are steps that run up the hill beside the falls so during the times the state park has park rangers on duty in case of emergencies, one can walk up the side of the falls. We were there is April just when spring was starting. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be when the trees have leaves and the flowers and grass is at their best. There is a playground for kids and picnic tables to enjoy your lunch.
  • Probably the most accessible park in Tompkins county. If you're willing to walk the stairs it's absolutely worth every step. Walk back in time and be blown away. Trust me it's absolutely worth it!
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