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#11 of 176 state parks in New York

Best trails in Buttermilk Falls State Park

1,232 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park, New York? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Buttermilk Falls State Park ranging from 1.6 to 4.5 miles and from 416 to 1,040 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Buttermilk Falls State Park
Park information
Acreage:
811 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Contact
(607) 273-5761
Helpful links
Top trails (5)
#1 - Buttermilk Falls: Gorge and Rim Trail Loop
Buttermilk Falls State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 57 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, Gorge and Rim Trail are available in one direction only - Ascend on Rim Trail and Descend on Gorge Trail.Show more
#2 - Lake Treman Loop via Gorge, Bear, and Rim Trail
Buttermilk Falls State Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Note: Due to COVID-19, Gorge and Rim Trail are available in one direction only, Ascend on Rim Trail, Descend on Gorge Trail.Show more
#3 - Lick Brook Falls (3 falls)
Buttermilk Falls State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Best viewing from the blue-blazed section of the Finger Lakes Trail. 1.2mi round trip. There is a steep, strenuous 500 foot climb. Open year round, though use extreme caution during winter. Closes peShow more
#4 - Lake Treman Loop
Buttermilk Falls State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 41 m
Lake Treman Loop is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ithaca, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkinShow more
#5 - Owl Creek Trail and Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 41 m
The Owl Creek Trail is located in an isolated section of Buttermilk Falls State Park. It is a 0.9-mile hike one way from the lower park to Stone Quarry Road. Along the way, you will pass through diffeShow more