Explore the most popular forest trails near Ithaca with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great Hike, Beautiful Scenery

Beautiful trail

walking
7 days ago

It's a beautiful, large waterfall, but it's more of a walk-up than a hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Wouldn’t consider this a hike. Saw a lot of people fishing and a couple love birds enjoying the falls.

Beautiful look at the falls but not much of a hike

Was on my NY trail “bucket list” for awhile, went today and loved it.

I hiked Cascadilla Falls after three days of heavy rain and the water was nearly overflowing its banks. Despite the heavy flow of water and the raging torrent, the trail felt sturdy and safe.

This is a very popular and scenic falls with a large swimming area at the base of the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite gorges to hike. The only downside (as someone who likes hiking in peace) is that this location is a popular family spot in the summer time. It's absolutely gorgeous though!

The gorge trail is closed for the winter months.

Beautiful falls, all the hikers we encountered were very friendly!

If you start at the opposite end from Buttermilk, the trail is gorgeous and there are very few people.

Nice trail with good scenery.

I hiked this in winter. The water falls are so beautiful. The trails are perfect. We did the entire 4.6 mile look and stopped halfway at a picnic area to have a snack. If it is this pretty in the winter, I cant wait to come back in the spring. Oh, the rim trail was open, the gorge trail was not (due to ice) but the view we had were still spectacular!

Waterfall at the trail head is beautiful, however the gorge trail is closed for the winter.

A less frequently used trail and for good reason. The elevation gain up the hill from the waterfall is substantial and the grade very steep. It is a workout even for those in good condition, but well rewarded. Once at the top it becomes a trail of gentle ups and downs always close to the brook, and almost entirely in the woods. If you go to the Blue trail it takes you back on the other side of water before rejoining the main trail. Plan on an hour and a half and when descending I suggest taking the white trail to the right. It brings you to waterfall but meanders through the woods and across many streams and a lovely ridge view.

Easy trail with no technical parts, wide open and simple to follow. Went in January and was still in good condition and easily hikeable until we got to the lake where it was icy.

This is a very nice and easy path to talk older parents on who need to take breaks and can't walk up hills. I remember this trail to have benches every so often, where we took a break as my mom was with us. If you're looking for a strenuous hike, this is not the place to come. We came in Oct. 2014.

Checked this one out in June of 2017. And this hike doesn’t disappoint! It’s beautiful and moderately well trafficked. Great for all ages. There’s a bit of stairs along the way which are a great way to enter the trail. Awesome views of the falls and rock formations, would definitely go again.

walking
6 months ago

This isn’t really a trail. It’s more of a scenic viewing area. There’s a Little Rock chair right next to the falls situated in the middle of a residential area. But it’s beautiful nonetheless and totally worth checking out. (June 2017)

The falls is fantastic -quick incredible, but this isn’t a hike.It a simple walk to the falls.

nature trips
6 months ago

not a hike just waterfall

I’ve been here many years ago and have forgotten how beautiful it is. Great hike to get the heart pumping.

This is a short, flat walk to the waterfall at the swimming hole. If you're in the park to hike the gorge, it's worth the visit to this waterfall as well.

nature trips
8 months ago

This is not a trail. There is a parking lot and you walk about 100 yards to get a good look at the falls. The falls are huge and beautiful. They are interestingly located in a residential neighborhood.

These falls are with in a few minutes drive of other falls such as cascadilla

These falls have a fun little sitting area made of rock chairs and a rock table at the base of the falls

PLEASE obey the NO SWIMMING signs!! There is a sign at the falls entrance that blatantly states you can die swimming here and sure enough, earlier this year a local college student did

Nice short hike through beautiful scenery. Close to college.

Easy beautiful hike. Fantastic waterfall

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