Buttermilk Falls State Park takes its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. The upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, pool and playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows. Larch Meadows is a moist, shady glen and wetland area through which a nature trail winds. Park activities, including tours through Buttermilk gorge, which are offered weekly from July 4th through Labor Day.
The hike is extremely steep for the first half a mile or so, but it flattens out a bit once you get going. When the river is drier, you can walk across to the other side and explore, or just follow the river itself upstream. It's beautiful hike!
VERY enjoyable and beautiful!! The stairs are definitely a climb and a bit challenging if you're an asthmatic like me but the climb is SOOO worth it. There are several waterfalls along with natural pools (careful though the rock floor can be slippery) overall I loved the time that was spent here.