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.

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

My first time on this part of the trail. It was gorgeous and charming. The view changes every few steps!

This was a very nice trail with lots of different scenery to enjoy along the trail. We started out early but mid morning the weather got very hot, hazy and humid. Take lots of hydration if you plan to hike this during the late summer months. The water pools are amazing in the morning sun.