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Spectacular waterfalls.

hiking
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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Very scenic. Initially marked well, but once you get deeper into the trail it was poorly marked. With GPS and a compass we were ok, but I wouldn’t hike this trail again without them.

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.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

5 Star as trail itself was very nice with a combo of moderate to easy. We followed the blue trail (Stermie Rd) counter clockwise to the red trail making a right turn to the Farm (farm referenced) on Cherry Road and returning to complete the loop at the parking area off Sternie Road. There is also a small purple loop on the west side to make the trip close to 6 miles. Had a nice hike with the dogs.

Warning: the access is very deceiving from the map and may have changed since others commented. First, the farm entrance on Cherry was blocked with a gate and electric fence. While a person could jump it, having two dogs was not our choice. We drove around the park looking for parking. All parking areas are "permit only, cars will be ticket or towed" (see town of Bloomfield for info). So you have 2 options, get a permit or risk the ticket...

Nice trail. Very scenic. Lots of stairs to climb.

2 months ago

Skip this one. As others have said, it disappears 100 yards in. Shame, someone put a lot of work into this at one time. Wish I lived closer I’d take a shot at bringing it back.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and not too hard hiking trail. You need a good pair of shoes tho. It can get muddy and slippery at some places.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike! Lots of stairs. There are several places along the trail where you can stop and dip your feet in the water. In the middle of the week its not too crowded. The whole trail is dog friendly, however if you're bringing a smaller dog they might have issues with the stairs on the Rim Trail towards the top as they are steep and there are alot of them. Bugs weren't too bad but you should plan for bug spray. Most of the trail has a canopy overhead so unless you're very fair skinned, sunscreen isnt really needed. At the upper park, there are plenty of picnic tables and charcoal grills to utilize.

2 months ago

Enjoyed the hike following the red trail. It was just enough ruggedness to make the hike moderate in difficulty with slight elevation changes, narrow trails at times, muddy areas and uneven terrain. The intermittent views of the pond with flowering grass and a Mallard duck family were peaceful and worthwhile. My only recommendation and reason for holding back that 5th star in rating is be very aware of poison ivy. The trails were thick with it and at times we were literally inching around it when the trail was at its narrowest widths. If you are unfamiliar with what it looks like at all its growth stages then I'd recommend you educate yourself beforehand, it may save you from weeks of unpleasantness later.

Superb trail. Nice gorge and falls. Very moderate difficulties level. Anyone could do it. well maintained path with wood and/or stone stairs

hiking
2 months ago

Awful trail. Not maintained, not well marked whatsoever. Agree that you should bring a weed wacker to go on this trail. Looks like it could have been a great hike and so disappointed that we turned back after into it for about half mile. I get my boys to hike with me every summer and this was a bust. Looks like it might have been an eagle scout project. Unfortunately, it was a "one and done"... finish the project and then no one takes care of it. :(

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike / walk. No climbing and not too difficult. Less than 3 hours round trip including several stops. Beautiful views of the falls. Started at the lower lot and went all the way to the upper lot, then back. Took the rim trail up and gorge trail back.

hiking
2 months ago

After all the rain the Southern Tier received this week, water levels were high but not exorbitantly so - you could still see the shale formations under the stream and behind the waterfalls, and many tributary creeks were flowing in the woods. Perfectly gorgeous hike on a beautiful, cool, party-sunny day, a rarity this summer! It was an excellent workout, too. I would very highly recommend these trails, and hope to come back soon.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail. I was initially disappointed that it was raining my only day in Ithaca but turned out for the best. There were hardly any people to contend with and it cooled me off on what couldn’t been a tough hike/trail run. I did a lollipop loop where I started at the south lot took a left halfway through to get the rim trail and then got back on the gorge trail at the north lot. Another advantage to parking the south lot was a cold refreshing dip afterwards!

hiking
3 months ago

We started from the south lot so we did all the elevation first, a lot of steps and inclines in this direction but not terrible. The views are spectacular from the rim and the gorge side once alongside the falls. The step on the rim trail took a good bit of effort but I was looking for that. If you’re looking for an easier route than you could Park 2 cars, one at each lot and start from the north to mostly skip the inclines. Really amazing spot and well maintained.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely a well maintained man made trail. A good workout and a beautiful view.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike today with a refreshing dip at the end at the lower falls ... highly recommend this spot if you are in the Finger Lakes region.

hiking
3 months ago

Very lovely views, lots of nice spots to sit along the way. SOOO MANY STEPS! Picnic area was very nice. One of the better waterfall hikes upstate.

Great trail with great views and a variable topography. But I’d like to note that in order to see the bridges and achieve the 5.4 miles listed you should not follow the map shown. There is an option at the start of the loop to continue left on the red trail around the eastern reservoir or go right onto the blue trail between the reservoirs. The map shows a detour between the reservoirs that cuts off about 2 miles of trails. Stay left on red for the full experience. The 2 paths will join again at the park area. Also, if you follow the parking area listed here you should stay off the road so as not to get in the way of farm equipment. Spoke to the woman living there and she is fine with vehicles technically across the street but still on her property if you are well off the road. There are other parking options as well, at the park where the trail splits. Anyway, great workout. 5 stars if there was less people and more challenging terrain, but still an awesome hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail with great views and some nice inclines. Very quite and scenic. The trails seemed to be marked pretty well. It was pretty easy to follow as first timers. Def going back.

Lots of vertical change. Trail heavily trafficked. Not to bad around dusk.

much more than shown here but this is a good start beautiful Trail

Incredible trail network of single and double track. Murl the trail Stewart was really helpful and showed us around

It was very fun but very heavily trafficked.

Each water fall is fantastic and there are multiple spots to take a dip. The stone work and stairs make it seem like some pathway to a castle out of a movie.

on Rim & Gorge Trail

4 months ago

beautiful scenic trails. started at lower rim trail ro upper rim trail. would not have seen Lucifer Falls had we not continued on upper trail. took the gorge trail back down. moderate for beginners, but not impossible.

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