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still closed 8/8/18

Not very busy. Very steep in a few places. Falls were a bit dried up but still pretty.

hiking
14 days ago

Ok I found an easier way into potters falls. You can go in through the south hills recreation way trail walk in from Burns Road there is parking right at the trail head. Walk in until you find a blocked entrance on the right hand side of the trail. There is a metal gate blocking the trail and at one end of the gate there is a very unique wooden passage-way that is bent at a 90 degree angle and only large enough for a person to fit through. I believe this is done to keep bikes off of the trail. hike in and follow the trail it is a very clearly beaten path. I would not go just after a rain storm the trail will be very slippery and muddy. Hike in until you see signs saying no trespassing or swimming and something about the water shed. When you get to the signs the trail turns right. So take a right at the signs and potters falls is down on the left about 1500 to 2000 feet. Its a fun hike through the woods and I did it totally naked, so if you dare to be bare go for it. I did see that the trail was heavily trafficked since there were allot of fresh sneaker prints in the muddy areas of the trail so you may run into others. Just as long as your cool about it no one cares. I did see blue blazes or paint marks on the trees all the way in so keep an eye out. Just in case anyone wants to know the GPS coordinates for potters falls is 42.41880 and -76.464000 or 42 degrees 25 minutes and 07.7 seconds N and 76 Degrees 27 minutes and 50.4 seconds W. Mystery solved!

Trail was closed

Sadly the trail is closed as of noon on 7/28. Looking forward to seeing it when it is open.

****As of 0900 on 07/28/18, this trail is closed****

Great hike pretty steep in some areas

Great trail for families. I'd hike it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with a good dispersement of terrain and a nice lookout with a picnic bench for lunch. Would do again!

walking
1 month ago

The hardest part about getting to this trail is finding parking. We found plenty of parking on Farm Street and walked about 5 minuets to get to the starting point. Beautiful falls with lots of photography opportunities. A shout out to the person who was patrolling the streambed to gently encourage law breakers to get out of the water as several people where attempting to get into the water regardless of all the 'no swimming' signage. Was neat to see all the college kids streaming along the trail and taking advantage of this part of Cornell University.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail 6-24-18. Was muddy but maintained. Great work out. Is close to 10 miles, not 8.

We started on Michigan Hollow Road, where there is a nice parking area. The trail was very diverse with varied terrain and plant life. You will hike both the valley floor and the hilltops. We went the day after a heavy rain and it was muddy in some spots, but nothing we couldn’t handle. We saw no other people on the entire trail. I do agree with other reviews in that the trail is more like 10 miles. There was really only one section- a pretty steep hill about 6.5 miles in- that I found difficult. Our dog loved this trail, but if you take yours make sure to check for ticks afterwards as ours had several.

While visiting my cousin in Ithaca she took me on this awesome trail. we parked at the top and hiked down. At the bottom we stopped in town shopped a little bit and had a beer before heading backup to the top. Water level is a bit lower than normal for this time of year. Awesome views nice clear path/steps you don't constantly have to stare at your feet to make sure you're not gonna trip over roots etc.

The trail was well marked. We weren't as observant as we should have been. Recording our hike on all trails saved us from going too far afield. I would recommend deet bug spray for mosquitoes and hitch hiking tics. Found one on my husband. Otherwise wonderful hike. Perfect for us. Would do it again.

on Abbott Loop Trail

1 month ago

Great trail, as another reviewer mentioned the loop in total clocked in at just over 10 miles when measured on a GPS while on this website it says 7.9 miles, I personally have a Garmin and it's been reliable so far so I'm not sure why there's a difference between the two. Took about 4 hours to complete.

hiking
2 months ago

Shhhhhh......
It's a nice quiet hike -- only saw one other couple the entire day, didn't even hear any road noise. DO bring your water and snacks though bc there are some nice places to plop down for a little pic-a-nic and it's a little longer than most of the more trafficked trails in the area. Lots of tree cover for the entire hike, which is nice for the fair skinned among us. Bring the dogs! ...and I wouldn't tell you to let 'em off leash, but boy oh boy they'd love it down in the creek bottom. We did it counterclockwise, but probably nice in either direction. IF'n you run short on time, the "bailout" road (Michigan Hollow Road) is about 35 minutes between the top and bottom of the loop.

hiking
2 months ago

It's not myth but turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected. As soon as you go pass the six mile Creek's loop, trail became unmarked and with branches to climb over. To get to the falls, once you get to see the second dam at the end of the loop, you have to go back and detour through the trail slightly towards the north (instead of the magical route switching shown in the app.) As you go through some wide and narrow roads, and make pass through Eric's memorial, there will be a steep hill to climb and you can continue towards your right hand side once you are on top. You can also just do the second half without the steep hill climbing by entering Gorges Access from the Penny Lane but there is no parking so you will need to park further out. The falls in the end isn't overwhelmingly awesome but the view and efforts are definitely rewarding and worthwhile.

p.s. The blue blaze markings become spotty towards the second half of the trail.

Really beautiful and lush trail. Very well marked with red-orange blazes throughout. We really enjoyed trekking during the rain, however about 20% of the trail was very muddy. Be prepared for that and you'll have a terrific time!

Great Hike, Beautiful Scenery

Beautiful trail

hiking
3 months ago

Is this trail marked by blue blazes the entire way or where to the blazes end?

Did this trail with some friends last Saturday. We lucked out with a beautiful day! We were on the trail by 9:45am and in the car heading home by 2:30pm. One nice lookout about 45 minutes into the trip with a picnic table for lunch. The rest of the trail is pretty wooded. When you get to the sign at the end of the trail (right before you Jump on the finger lakes trail) go left up the hill and after 15 minutes Of walking your out

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike and easy to get too off the road

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike that rewards you with an area to swim that is more secluded than most other hikes in this area.

walking
3 months ago

Walked this Trail a lot to the halfway point. Last Tuesday 4/24/2018 I walked the whole trail. Saw a couple of bikers and some walkers on the Cass Park side and some runners at Stewart Park. All in all it’s a quiet, pretty stretch to get some exercise and take in the outdoors!

Hey everyone, doing this trail with some friends this weekend. What’s the easiest way to access it and how long is the trail total? I’ve read that we need to walk the FLT for 2 miles to get in so would that be 2 miles in/2 miles out, on top of the 8 mile loop?

Thanks in advance. See you on the trail!

I hiked Cascadilla Falls after three days of heavy rain and the water was nearly overflowing its banks. Despite the heavy flow of water and the raging torrent, the trail felt sturdy and safe.

hiking
3 months ago

Potter's falls does exist and is well worth the trek! The trail is well-marked with blue blazes. Start at the small parking lot at the head of the trail off Giles St and walk towards Second Dam. Keep going past the memorial to Eric. Eventually you will come to a steep incline to your left as described below, but the trail does continue east at the top of the ridge. Stick to the main trail (don't follow any of the narrower trails towards the water), and eventually it will terminate at Potter's Falls. There's great views of the falls from the trail, and you can walk down to a gravelly beach if you want to sit and enjoy nature.

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