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Extremely easy, flat trail. Not very long and all open trail. Perfect with kids and dogs. Beautiful falls at the end.

beautiful when there has been a lot of rain

Did this loop with my dog on Christmas Eve day. It was beautiful and safe and fun. One side is closed for the winter, but the east side remains open and easy to navigate.

easy trail. pretty scenery

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular waterfall really tall and some tall gorges surrounding the pool of water below. Love this hike

Ummm, after looking at the map here it looks we weren't even on the real trail?? That makes sense now. My friend read about this in a photography book, it said there are 3 waterfalls, we only saw two.

Hidden! The entrance is not marked at all. We parked at the kayak launch site at the bottom of Seneca and walked up the road on the hill side (East) to get to the trail.
Some large trees fell recently (I'm assuming?) that blocked the path to the middle waterfall. There is a beautiful waterfall right away if you go down and to the left immediately after the trail head. Seems very rarely traveled, very overgrown trail.

beautiful waterfalls

Very nice/easy flat hike. Beautiful waterfall. Very tall. One of the prettiest.

beautiful hike, poorly marked and maintained trails

Waterfall after waterfall after waterfall! The gorge trail delivers endless beauty. Our dog loved it too. Took the rim trail back which gave great sunset light through the trees. Overall great walk in in the park lots of majesty for minimal to moderate effort.

A nice easy walk with a spectacular view of Taughannock Falls. Lots of people coming & going but never too crowded to get nice photos. The gorge is as spectacular as the actual falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. you can get close enough to feel the most off the falls.

FYI currently closed due to flooding and washouts. Will they again next time.

Great trail! I wouldn’t classify it as moderate closer to upper easy than moderate. However it was very beautiful the entire time! We started with the Rim Trail which merged into the Bear TrIl, then loops around the Lake and got back into the Gorge Trail. Took about 1 hour and 35 minutes or so. We had our dogs with us a long the way. There weren’t too many opportunities to let them off leash because of the occasional drops from the river or service roads but they still enjoyed their time.

Its not much of a hike but the glen is nice!! Its not crowded and a nice swimming hole!! Water was super cold but I enjoyed my time

Great and Easy hike! Beautiful waterfall :)

Easy out and back to a beautiful waterfall.

WOW! the steps for buttermilk Falls up are pretty strenuous but definitely worth it. The whole gorge is made up of waterfall after waterfall cascades. I would say moderate/easy. I am four months pregnant and we were able to do the hike. We went a little slower than normal with some stops but it was absolutely do able. I did get stung by a yellow jacket so if you or someone your hiking with is allergic bring an epi pen.

A lovely hike that ended up being a little over 5 miles. Nicely maintained trails. A bit crowded in the beginning but it thins out eventually. The plethora of stairs provided a nice challenge.

The address took us to a place on the road, there was noting there :(

walking
4 months ago

Easy trail out and back 3/4 of a mile. Glorious waterfall at the end. (I should add the waterfall is only glorious if there’s been considerable rain lately)We did walk in the water for a bit but it is super slippery so we got out and back on the trail. We also spent sometime at the beach across the street which was crowded but the water was so refreshing that we didn’t care.

Over grown, narrow trail and bug spray is needed for mosquitoes. However it is vey pretty once you get to the water. Took our dogs and they enjoyed it!

incredible place.

walking
4 months ago

Excellent walk. Blue Stone path extremely wide. Wheelchair friendly with a little assistance. Kid friendly also. Fall was beautiful. Definitely would do again. And would like to hike a few trails next time.

hiking
4 months ago

Have done this trail a couple times and will plan to do again in the future!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy out and back trail. We went in the evening after a light rain. Not many people, and doing the trail in the evening gave it a very different feel. The falls are beautiful.

walking
5 months ago

love this place!!!!

nature trips
5 months ago

We went to the overlook point n saw and we were not thrilled and then we drove to the gorge trail head, We started the hike and its less than a mile once we reached the falls it was surely a great feeling. We went after heavy rains so we could see decent amount of water but if you go in mid summer I doubt if you can hardly enjoy the falls. The gorge trail head is right next to Cayuga so we spent some time there as well, worth a visit!!

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