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The view at the end of the hike was breathtaking. I went in winter time and it was incredible seeing the falls half frozen. If you are hiking this hike in the winter time it may be tricky! Me and my dog made it but I feel we were on the wrong trail. After reading reviews it looks like you need to go to the left of the bridge. However, we went to the right and followed a beaten down deer path. The destination was the same but it may have made it a little trickier scaling down the steep and icy ravine with no rope guidance. I recommend this hike but be weary it’s not easy and you will get wet.

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.

Very nice but a bit muddy. There's a suspension bridge an a waterfall. Borders on an apple orchard.

2 months ago

Love this trail, will definitely be back. Very wet though in spring. The campsites are great, awesome views.

2 months ago

The trails are good and there is an abundance of water. There are way more trails then what are shown on alltrails.

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.

Great trail. Well marked and goes through beautiful trees and over streams. Can be muddy if rained recently but not too bad. Great for dogs too. Only saw one other group when we went on a Sunday. Seems to be a very long trail, I only did a few miles of it.

3 months ago

This trail was really nice! It was very well marked and easy to follow! We forgot to bring bug spray so the bugs were eating us alive. For more adventurous hikers - when you get to the stairs that lead to the overlook, go right to find rock climbing trails and small ravines to get to the top. It was a lot more fun to rock climb to the top than simply walk to stairs!

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.

Hiked from 474 parking lot to lean to and back out. One portion showed closed and to hike road. Unsure why so we hiked on and trail was fine with no issues or reason to be closed.

Trail closed as of 9/17 indefinitely for maintenance

Hiked back in June 2018, and previously in 2013. Great trail, train bridge is fun to go on but sketchy if you are afraid of heights, something like 175' over the creek below

Great trail for the whole family.

Trail was good though waterfall was dry. Ruins were interesting and fun to play in. We hiked up a big hill and found another trail which was really cool. Suspension bridge was fun as well.

Nice short trail. I would highly recommend this quick trail if you are in Ithaca. There is really only one steel section and the trail is very well maintained and seems to have been recently renovated. Beautiful area right bear Cornell. I would rate this more on the easy side versus moderate.

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.

Hiked this trail while visiting NY from Baltimore with my husband and 9 y/o son. We all loved the terrain - very different from what we are used to hiking. We hiked up the creek until we got to the bridge and hiked back down on the steep dirt trail. We absolutely loved climbing the waterfalls. I definitely recommend this one! Wear waterproof shoes with a good grip and take bug spray!

Did this one with my husband and 9y/o while visiting NY from Baltimore. Great little hike. We loved hiking through the stream. Trekking up the waterfalls was a great change from the hikes we usually do! We did not do the climb after we went behind the waterfall. It was very slippery and didn’t think it was safe for the kid to attempt it.

Started at the expressway and went South 7.5 miles to the lean-tos. The first couple miles were along field edges, but later got into the woods. Overall, I would rate this section as moderate because of some areas in the woods that were challenging, but those areas were short, and most of the trail was at a beginner level. There were many areas in the woods that were flowy, fast and fun, and a couple of short, challenging climbs. The trail was very well marked, and occasionally followed rural roads. Not what I was hoping for, but still a fun experience.

Beautiful hike I went beyond the top falls probably 6 more above the last is equally as tall I went 1/4 of the way up looks like you could reach the top climbing carefully takes about an hour

4 months ago

Nice trail and the overlook is worth it once you reach the top. The last portion takes you up a rock stairway that cuts through a large section of rock. Was a good hike to do with the family.

4 months ago

went all the way up. amazing

My Route: Took the right trail up to the top of the gorge, looped around and back down. so the gully was on our left at all times. THEN walked the water into the gully, up the rope and back down.

My Review: 9/10. Map at the parking lot is confusing and trails are not marked other than blue. It's also difficult to start as it's straight up immediately. However, the water/creek trail is beautiful and there are many photo ops. Also, minimal garbage along trails!

My Advice: Your feet & butt will get wet, plan accordingly. If you have difficulty climbing over logs, rocks, etc. this isn't for you. Don't forget to stop and look up from time to time. The feeling of being g wrapped up in a gully is awe-inspiring.

The falls and multiple swimming holes (3 ft deep max) were amazing. I took the trail on the left side of the bridge and was atop the falls in 2 min. It took maybe 10 min from the road to get up close with the base of the falls. There were a series of ropes to assist you down the near-sheer muddy descent. After visiting the falls, I actually followed the creek north thru water, roots, rocks, and downed trees to the Attica Reservoir. 3/5 stars because there’s no real trail and no real destination. Be sure to wear sneakers because the rocks are slippery!

Awesome trail!!

Tricky to get to. Got turned around and ended up off trail twice, but the waterfall is breathtaking and we were the only hikers that day.

Walked the trail first. It was a workout. Went as far as the meadow at the top and came back down. Then walked the creek bed & up to multiple waterfalls. Did not go too far as the water became too deep. It was beautiful & challenging.
Bug spray is a must!

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