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Lick Brook Falls (3 falls) is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ithaca, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 764 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

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 periodically for hunting.

No fee for use Dogs are allowed Swimming is prohibited

Directions: From Ithaca follow Rt. 13 south to just past Buttermilk Falls State Park. Turn left on Sandbank Road. At Y intersection bear right on Town Line Road. Park immediately on right side of the road (before the bridge). Sweedler Preserve is to the right (white trail), Thayer Preserve to the left (orange and blue trails)

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Reviews (233)
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Recordings (176)
Completed (360)
Hassan Yousaf
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HikingBridge outMuddy

Great trail but the water was treated with chemicals. There was a flowing stream and no way to pass other then the train tracks. Great hike nothing to see. Great hike to put some mileage. Nothing to see other then a stream with no water. It’s pretty much dried out. Muddy at times due to the rain

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Wenchao W.
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Hiking
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Gary Isaacs
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HikingBridge out
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Lisa Haley
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Hiking

Well marked & well maintained trail. Steady moderate climb & beautiful gorge views. Light traffic on a hot Friday afternoon. Much of the gorge is currently dry but trail is still lovely.

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Robert M.
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Hiking

Only a trickle of water.

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Tony Calabro
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HikingClosed
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Bill Jones
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Hiking

On July 5 there were no waterfalls. Just a trickle of water in the creek. Still if you walk the creek bed, it's much more beautiful than staying on the trail all the time. Starting out, it's flat. Within 1/2 mile it's all uphill.

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Rich Baz
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Hiking

Trail was nice. Local swimming hole hike. No water due to no rain. Very nice, good cardio.

Molly Pratt
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike! Took the blue trail down, walked to Buttermilk Falls and came back up the white trail. Views of the gorge were just stunning. Trails were well marked. About 5 miles round trip. Real talk: this is a steep descent and equally steep ascent. It is not an easy climb back up, even for those in good health. Be aware.

Gopini Lama
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good for trail running and hiking core muscle workout.very quite and feel 100% natural more than regular trail.

Daisy McPeak
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Hiking

Good trail Nice trail for training Beautiful day overall Great hike

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Brian Kloss
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Hiking

Excellent hike. Nice gorge and some ascent for an overall great workout!

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Ellen Van Horn
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Hiking

Great trail. I went about 6:30am, done at 7:30 am, and there was no one there; loved it! Very easy trail for dogs, even the incline by the falls. There was no running water, but beautiful nonetheless. I parked at the top of the red trail and looped around to white, then blue. That made the incline the last leg of the journey. I suppose you could park below on the white trail and make the incline the first thing you do...(?).

Kevin Sax
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Hiking

Beautiful, interesting trail. Was completely uncrowded at start but saw quite a few people on return-but it was a nice Saturday afternoon. Gorgeous wildflower fields at start then some steep sections by the gorge. Water level was low so falls were a bit light, but a wonderful hike.

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Gosia Lasocha
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Hiking

Really nice views. Good choice on a cool day.

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Gracee Rose
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail through the woods with some waterfalls! This trail does have steep inclines, unlike many Ithacan trails that are flat. I suggest making sure your water is with you, especially if it is hot and you normally get away with not bringing it. The trail mapped out above is the WHITE marked trail. There is also a red and blue marked trail. It also gets a little buggy when you are walking through the field!

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Jory Pryor
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Hiking

Great secluded trail. Not a ton of views considering the incline of the blue blaze trail.

Christopher Grabda
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Allison Holcomb German
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Hiking

Really cute trail! Just a few tips if heading from route 34 trail head...when heading into the trail, bear to the right, you’ll come to a train bridge. You have to walk over the bridge. As soon as you’re over the bridge hang a right and you’ll start up on the white trail. The blue trail comes off of the white trail after the first waterfall. Take this up, it’s steep but so much better views. The white trail on the way back down is beautiful too, just can’t see the water falls. Phlox were in bloom, beautiful views, not a ton of people even on a fairly nice Sunday afternoon. Enjoy this hidden gem :)

Ruthie Delgado
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Hiking

Delightful!!! Beautiful!!! Wish we lived close to come all the time!

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Joe Lyons
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Hiking

Great trail. If you enter from route 34 trailhead be sure to walk across or under the railroad bridge to follow the White path. It can be deceptive once you hit the water.

Dan Bucatanschi
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Hiking

3 great waterfalls for such a quick hike

Kristin G
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful... pretty steep going up but some switchbacks make it easier.

Crosby Woods
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Hiking

A very nice nature preserve in the finger lakes trail system. It offers trails just as nice as the major gorges of Ithaca, if not nicer. Even the day after a rainstorm, none of the trails were muddy.

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Mack C.
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HikingBugsMuddy

Amazing hike-Great views and beautiful waterfalls! Trails are nicely maintained- steep section on the blue trail but easy switchback trails and stairs. Highly recommend!

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Connor Melvin
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Rachael Marczak
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