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3 days ago

Its in the downtown of Ithaca... And its not much of a hike just 5mins walk from the road but its worth a stop. The falls is scenic.

5 days ago

Amazing trail. I was initially disappointed that it was raining my only day in Ithaca but turned out for the best. There were hardly any people to contend with and it cooled me off on what couldn’t been a tough hike/trail run. I did a lollipop loop where I started at the south lot took a left halfway through to get the rim trail and then got back on the gorge trail at the north lot. Another advantage to parking the south lot was a cold refreshing dip afterwards!

Not so much of a hike but a quick walk to a sweet waterfall and a nice swim if you’d like

6 days ago

We started from the south lot so we did all the elevation first, a lot of steps and inclines in this direction but not terrible. The views are spectacular from the rim and the gorge side once alongside the falls. The step on the rim trail took a good bit of effort but I was looking for that. If you’re looking for an easier route than you could Park 2 cars, one at each lot and start from the north to mostly skip the inclines. Really amazing spot and well maintained.

9 days ago

Definitely a well maintained man made trail. A good workout and a beautiful view.

nice when after a rain.

still closed 8/8/18

Really beautiful!

Not very busy. Very steep in a few places. Falls were a bit dried up but still pretty.

15 days ago

Fantastic hike today with a refreshing dip at the end at the lower falls ... highly recommend this spot if you are in the Finger Lakes region.

Absolutely beautiful views!

Here for the Cayuga 50 with lots of great people. Beautiful area.

18 days ago

Very lovely views, lots of nice spots to sit along the way. SOOO MANY STEPS! Picnic area was very nice. One of the better waterfall hikes upstate.

19 days ago

Ok I found an easier way into potters falls. You can go in through the south hills recreation way trail walk in from Burns Road there is parking right at the trail head. Walk in until you find a blocked entrance on the right hand side of the trail. There is a metal gate blocking the trail and at one end of the gate there is a very unique wooden passage-way that is bent at a 90 degree angle and only large enough for a person to fit through. I believe this is done to keep bikes off of the trail. hike in and follow the trail it is a very clearly beaten path. I would not go just after a rain storm the trail will be very slippery and muddy. Hike in until you see signs saying no trespassing or swimming and something about the water shed. When you get to the signs the trail turns right. So take a right at the signs and potters falls is down on the left about 1500 to 2000 feet. Its a fun hike through the woods and I did it totally naked, so if you dare to be bare go for it. I did see that the trail was heavily trafficked since there were allot of fresh sneaker prints in the muddy areas of the trail so you may run into others. Just as long as your cool about it no one cares. I did see blue blazes or paint marks on the trees all the way in so keep an eye out. Just in case anyone wants to know the GPS coordinates for potters falls is 42.41880 and -76.464000 or 42 degrees 25 minutes and 07.7 seconds N and 76 Degrees 27 minutes and 50.4 seconds W. Mystery solved!

Trail was closed

Sadly the trail is closed as of noon on 7/28. Looking forward to seeing it when it is open.

****As of 0900 on 07/28/18, this trail is closed****

26 days ago

Easy trek in but very well worth. We went in a Sunday and there were quite a few visitors. Still a beautiful sight!!

Love it here. Great hiking for dogs, even a separate swimming section for them in the large falls swimming area. Busy but not so crazy busy that it’s unenjoyable. Apparently you are not supposed to swim in any other area than the large designated area but we did and so were a lot of other people. It was super fun. Just be aware that you can be fined for it as we were told by a policewoman on the way out.

Lots of vertical change. Trail heavily trafficked. Not to bad around dusk.

Great hike pretty steep in some areas

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1 month ago

lower path and upper path have great views. upper path is a bit more of a hike than the lower path which is more of just a nature walk.

We liked this hike just fine. It does have several points where you are just walking along a road or through parking lots, which isn’t ideal when looking for a good nature experience. There’s lots of water features and a lot of fun places for kids. The biggest drawback is probably the number of other people on the same hike and in the same area.

It was very fun but very heavily trafficked.

It’s not really a trail and it can get overly crowded fast. Better off going through the entire park and finding your own swimming spot.

Each water fall is fantastic and there are multiple spots to take a dip. The stone work and stairs make it seem like some pathway to a castle out of a movie.

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1 month ago

beautiful scenic trails. started at lower rim trail ro upper rim trail. would not have seen Lucifer Falls had we not continued on upper trail. took the gorge trail back down. moderate for beginners, but not impossible.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike- just too populated and the trails are narrow. We completed the entire hike- all 5.6 miles, just out of preference, I would opt another trail purely for the sake of ease of manipulation of crowds.

1 month ago

Great trail! We did the Rim Trail all the way up to the upper level. There's tons of spots for great pictures. Some people venture off the trails (Although, I'm not sure it's allowed per park signs) and waded/ sat in the rivers. We wore boots even though a lot of the trail was paved/gravel, an old pair of tennis shoes would be fine. There are some inclines if you go up the Rim Trail to the top, which can leave you winded. Traffic wasn't terrible either until you got to the actual falls, where people were taking pictures.
We were told by some couples to avoid taking the right at one of the splits, as there is no stairs and its just an uphill climb (more difficult). Once at the top we came back down at turned right at the bridge that has a gate on it. After crossing the bridge, it will take you down to the swimming hole where there is lifeguards and a diving board right in front of the falls. I wish we would have brought swimsuits for this. Definitely pack some river clothes, swimsuits if you have kids, its something they would definitely enjoy.

Best maintained trail i've been on in a while. A little touristy and as it got later in the day it got more crowded, but not too terrible. A really great day hike & I'd highly reccomend.

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