Cayuga Trail is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ithaca, New York and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A friend and I just hiked this trail start to end and back to start, during late March. The campus section is a patchwork of natural areas and civilization, but it gets a bit more wild as it goes. It passes through a variety of different ecosystems/topographies, and there are a couple spots with pretty nice views. There are also some points where the routing of the trail feels a bit arbitrary and unnecessary. The trail is pretty well blazed in most spots, but having the map and/or directions can be a helpful backup. There are no bathrooms or places to get water (except for the Plantations Visitors Center).
Trail would have been a 4 star if we didn't have to walk on the road to get back to where we started (Monkey Road). First half was less enjoyable but that may have been because it was wet and rainy when we went. The second half has amazing views of Fall Creek. A good hike, pretty easy, would recommend to do when not rainy.
Went during the fall. beautiful colors. wish there were more markers on where to go. peaceful trip though. great place to spend an afternoon.
One of my favorite trails!
This is a very beautiful hike. There are some steep areas but not many. The views of the gorge are stunning, especially in fall. The markings on the trees could be a bit better though. It might be easy to lose track for inexperienced hikers.
Nice trail well maintained with some beautiful gorge views. It is not a very difficult trail; only a few short sections might be a little steep!
Nice trail not too difficult. Beautiful scenery.
I love hiking in the Ithaca area, nice trails, scenery, and all around good time.