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Three large falls and many smaller falls. When the water is flowing through the gorge it is spectacular!

Spectacular waterfalls.

Did the trail today hot and muggy for October
Leaves are changing. The falls had plenty water flowing and great hike was steep in the middle section
Popular trail being near Ithaca

hiking
13 days ago

A charming and leisurely hike. There are a few sets of somewhat steep stairs, but the climbs are brief. Beautiful waterfalls throughout. A small picnic area at the top before you head back down makes for a great break for kids.

This was a beautiful, unique trail. The combination of man made structures and natural gorge were impressive to say the least. It felt like walking through a canyon built in biblical times on. The gorge trail and the rim trail had the most beautiful and literally breathtaking stair cases. I ran the 4.7 miles starting from the cabins and found that route excellent since the gorge trail was much more scenic and less challenging so it was a good way to cool down and end the run. Careful with the slippery stairs and maybe try doing this hike at the end of the day while the sun is just setting and rays of light drift through the lightly wooded forest and highlight the falls.

Hiked gorge to top and then took rim trail down- amazing falls on gorge trail A rim was quiet forest and so peaceful- lots of steps especially on gorge trail

Trail closed as of 9/17 indefinitely for maintenance

Great trail for the whole family.

1 month ago

Really loved this hike. Lots of stairs at some points but just challenging enough to make it not feel like “a walk in the park”. Tons of places to stop and put your feet in the water, beautiful waterfalls and the best part was at the end of the hike you end up at a swimming area and we swam up to the waterfall. Water was cold but totally worth it! Definitely bring your bathing suits. Very cool experience.

Nice short trail. I would highly recommend this quick trail if you are in Ithaca. There is really only one steel section and the trail is very well maintained and seems to have been recently renovated. Beautiful area right bear Cornell. I would rate this more on the easy side versus moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my favorite trail in Ithaca. Aside from being dog friendly it’s not too difficult-some stairs here or there. Beautiful views all around. If you come in the summer time you can go in the water. So much fun!

This was a long steady hike up hill we took a lot of short brakes on the blue trail, and coming back down we took the white trail seemed a bit easier. My knees were starting to really feel it so when we hit steep spots I would walk backwards and that saved me, a beautiful hike and we’ll try it again when there’s more water for the falls and many cascades. It will be a 5 star hike for sure.

Nice trail. Very scenic. Lots of stairs to climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and not too hard hiking trail. You need a good pair of shoes tho. It can get muddy and slippery at some places.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike! Lots of stairs. There are several places along the trail where you can stop and dip your feet in the water. In the middle of the week its not too crowded. The whole trail is dog friendly, however if you're bringing a smaller dog they might have issues with the stairs on the Rim Trail towards the top as they are steep and there are alot of them. Bugs weren't too bad but you should plan for bug spray. Most of the trail has a canopy overhead so unless you're very fair skinned, sunscreen isnt really needed. At the upper park, there are plenty of picnic tables and charcoal grills to utilize.

Superb trail. Nice gorge and falls. Very moderate difficulties level. Anyone could do it. well maintained path with wood and/or stone stairs

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike / walk. No climbing and not too difficult. Less than 3 hours round trip including several stops. Beautiful views of the falls. Started at the lower lot and went all the way to the upper lot, then back. Took the rim trail up and gorge trail back.

hiking
2 months ago

After all the rain the Southern Tier received this week, water levels were high but not exorbitantly so - you could still see the shale formations under the stream and behind the waterfalls, and many tributary creeks were flowing in the woods. Perfectly gorgeous hike on a beautiful, cool, party-sunny day, a rarity this summer! It was an excellent workout, too. I would very highly recommend these trails, and hope to come back soon.

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

still closed 8/8/18

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

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

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****

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

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