Buttermilk Falls State Park takes its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. The upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, pool and playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows. Larch Meadows is a moist, shady glen and wetland area through which a nature trail winds. Park activities, including tours through Buttermilk gorge, which are offered weekly from July 4th through Labor Day.

A less frequently used trail and for good reason. The elevation gain up the hill from the waterfall is substantial and the grade very steep. It is a workout even for those in good condition, but well rewarded. Once at the top it becomes a trail of gentle ups and downs always close to the brook, and almost entirely in the woods. If you go to the Blue trail it takes you back on the other side of water before rejoining the main trail. Plan on an hour and a half and when descending I suggest taking the white trail to the right. It brings you to waterfall but meanders through the woods and across many streams and a lovely ridge view.

Easy trail with no technical parts, wide open and simple to follow. Went in January and was still in good condition and easily hikeable until we got to the lake where it was icy.

Checked this one out in June of 2017. And this hike doesn’t disappoint! It’s beautiful and moderately well trafficked. Great for all ages. There’s a bit of stairs along the way which are a great way to enter the trail. Awesome views of the falls and rock formations, would definitely go again.

I’ve been here many years ago and have forgotten how beautiful it is. Great hike to get the heart pumping.

Easy beautiful hike. Fantastic waterfall

I had forgotten how beautiful this hike was. If you are looking for waterfalls this will definitely fit the bill. There are a lot of steps so there is a little bit of a workout. This was the third and final hike while I was down in Ithaca this past weekend, none of them disappointed. The way out on this one, going around the lake, and taking pictures on the damn on the way back down were definitely highlights. I can't wait to go camping down in Ithaca again and explore more of the area.

Nice hike with nice views. Decently trafficked on the lower sections, so not the best place for a private peaceful hike.

Gorge hike has numerous falls, steep stair climb at beginning of hike. Well worth the effort. $8 state park entrance fee per car

This is a good hike thru the gorge and views of waterfalls in the area. Well worth your time to try out.

Very good hike. The Gorge trail allows you to get close to several unique waterfalls. It begins with a few long-ish staircases, but the effort here is totally worth it. The Bear Trail is a quiet forested hike with some easy rolling hills. The Lake Treman loop is above the lakeside water level and has a few moderate hills and a couple long staircases. Nice wildflowers on both the Bear trail and the Lake Treman loop, but if you're pressed for time, the Gorge trail is not to be missed.

Tougher/steeper hike than expected. Many of the falls were dried up, but the lowest point had a nice area of water to romp around in. Good exercise on the ascent back up. Have some nice ledges to sit on looking down into the gorges.

This hike is very beautiful up and around the falls that eventually you can walk along the gorge. We had rain the last 2 miles but helped cool us off.

First time for my fiance and I at the fingerlakes. Probably the best trail we went on for our time up here! The first stretch was difficult with the stairs but soo worth it!

Relatively short trail with great views. Dog-friendly. A few nice ledges overlooking the water to rest on if necessary. Take the time to stop and play in the water at the bottom!

Beautiful! Make sure you go all the way to the very top

nice hike down I started at the top but going back up wasn't so nice...lol all in all it was worth it

Once you find it, it's a nice hidden gem! Fairly steep incline on the way out but shady enough that it's not too bad. Many picturesque spots to stop and just appreciate if you need little breaks.

Some steep sections but many incredible views!

This is an amazing hike. The beginning is tough as it is a basically a quarter mile flight of stairs. However, the climb is totally worth it with each pool and waterfall more beautiful than the next. The bear trail portion leaves the gorge and follows the stream. The trail is well maintained and markings are easy to follow. You can make the trail a loop by crossing the gorge in one of two locations to hit the rim trail. We choose to stick to the Gorge trail.

Amazing waterfall and gorge views

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