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Awesome views of waterfalls!

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

Great quick stop just on the side of the road in a residential area.

Both trails are extremely maintained, very tourist driven and heavily trafficked (for good reasons, the gorge is amazing)
You pay $8 to park
The gorge trail has lots of stairs so I found it better to start the loop by hiking up the Indian trail, and take the gorge trail back down so you aren’t climbing stairs the whole way up.
Plus, there are more rewarding views on the gorge trail, so save the best for last.

Three large falls and many smaller falls. When the water is flowing through the gorge it is spectacular!

Spectacular waterfalls.

Amazing place every corner turn was awe inspiring. Lots of foot traffic with great reason because of the amazing views! Although there were lots of people, even on a misty day it didn’t take away from the experience. Lots of stairs, so if your traveling with younger children this could be a challenge for them. It’s a short hike but the steps and incline makes it feel like it’s a longer hike it maybe a bit of a challenge but totally doable. I’m so glad I finally got to go here it’s an amazing place to see! Totally recommended.

Absolutely breathtaking. Will go again

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.

Very crowded and but great views and a good hike. Lots of picturesque spots

Did the trail today hot and muggy for October
Leaves are changing. The falls had plenty water flowing and great hike was steep in the middle section
Popular trail being near Ithaca

Nice hike, sadly couldn't see a lot of the stream from the rim trail and part of the trail between bridges 7 and 8 is currently closed.

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1 month ago

A charming and leisurely hike. There are a few sets of somewhat steep stairs, but the climbs are brief. Beautiful waterfalls throughout. A small picnic area at the top before you head back down makes for a great break for kids.

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1 month ago

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

This was a beautiful, unique trail. The combination of man made structures and natural gorge were impressive to say the least. It felt like walking through a canyon built in biblical times on. The gorge trail and the rim trail had the most beautiful and literally breathtaking stair cases. I ran the 4.7 miles starting from the cabins and found that route excellent since the gorge trail was much more scenic and less challenging so it was a good way to cool down and end the run. Careful with the slippery stairs and maybe try doing this hike at the end of the day while the sun is just setting and rays of light drift through the lightly wooded forest and highlight the falls.

Hiked gorge to top and then took rim trail down- amazing falls on gorge trail A rim was quiet forest and so peaceful- lots of steps especially on gorge trail

The gorge is beautiful but the hike itself is a tourist trap. You don’t feel like you’re escaping in nature but just part of another tourist attraction.

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.

This hike actually features two waterfalls. The second waterfall has some ropes that you can climb to the top. It looked like you could go further but we turned around there.

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

Absolutely beautiful. Definitely more touristy then I thought but surprisingly didn’t effect my experience. We took a ton of great pictures

2 months ago

Really loved this hike. Lots of stairs at some points but just challenging enough to make it not feel like “a walk in the park”. Tons of places to stop and put your feet in the water, beautiful waterfalls and the best part was at the end of the hike you end up at a swimming area and we swam up to the waterfall. Water was cold but totally worth it! Definitely bring your bathing suits. Very cool experience.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

This is my favorite trail in Ithaca. Aside from being dog friendly it’s not too difficult-some stairs here or there. Beautiful views all around. If you come in the summer time you can go in the water. So much fun!

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