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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  • You're really spoiled for waterfalls in this area. Buttermilk falls has curvy rock ledges like Watkins Glen and a lot of waterfalls. We were there after a few days of hiking and we were already a....  more »
  • A wonderful park for people of all ages, close to the main road and plenty of parking close by. A real treat  more »
  • Most of the Park is closed from Nov. to spring. But the falls are easily viewed from a short walk from the parking lot. The lower falls just give a sense of what is above. Wait until spring!  more »
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  • I really loved this park. I camped here for six nights and totally enjoyed myself. It’s a small campground almost equally divided between tent and cabin sites. The cabins are new and have 3 bunks and a queen. No running water or bathrooms. The showers, restrooms and dishwashing areas were always well stocked and clean. All the campers were polite and friendly. Some were musicians which added to the ambiance. It’s convenient to Auburn, Seneca Falls and Watkins Glen. It’s JUST outside of Ithaca so you’re golden if you need anything. The Falls were only a trickle until after a night of T Storms then became a forceful cascading wonder. Can you hear Rt 13? You can at times but by 10pm it’s very quiet. Watkins Glen is huge in comparison but I really liked it here.
  • Amazing state Park. We weren't aware we would have to pay to park based on information my friend got off line but we were able to use the pass at a second park. The Falls were absolutely gorgeous. Gorgeous from the bottom up where the swimming area is. Gorgeous from the top down. This is not some place I would want to hike if there were a lot of rain for the steps (from the top down) could become slippery.
  • A fantastic park. If you are in the Ithaca area and looking for some fun this is a great stop. Short hikes pack in tons of views. Sitting areas provide locations to eat lunch and a fantastic swimming area. Come walk the Glen (only a half mile) see the pools climb the stairs and enjoy the area. When you are done go by to the swim area and cool off then head into Ithaca for a drink.
  • Such a beautiful location! There is a nice area to enjoy the falls that's easily accessible, including picnic tables in the shade. There are restrooms and there's a water fountain. It's carry in, carry out, so plan to bring your trash out with you! The trail by the falls goes up a long set of stairs, but you can certainly enjoy the falls without doing the trail.
  • We had a fun fun time hiking and walking up and down stairs and seeing many waterfalls along the beautiful gorge trail, as apparently did many other nature lovers. Best with boots. If important then find out beforehand exactly where swimming may be located as cell coverage may be sporadic here.
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