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Awesome views of waterfalls!

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

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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

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

Very easy walk - some pretty scenery through the flats. No real ‘trail’ - more like walking through a field following someone’s tire tracks. But - we saw turtles and frogs and had a nice walk!

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.

Very nice hike! It is like a scene from Lord of the Rings.

Quick walk down to the base of this waterfall. Great view.

Gorge trail is a gorgeous one and must do!

walking
2 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.

incredible place.

walking
2 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.

walking
2 months ago

Nice quick easy walk. Stone path kid friendly.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

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