Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Beautiful trail

walking
4 days ago

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

Great hike with tons of shade and spectacular falls and vistas.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorge trail still closed, but you can walk a little way up Gorge from Old Mill parking
Impressive what water can cut through
Took Rim trail up to Lucifer Falls and down all those steps to bottom of falls. Unless you plan on wading out to bottom of falls, stay on top and enjoy view of the entire falls
Trillium ( mainly white with a few purple) and Jack in the Pulpit along trail

hiking
8 days ago

amazing views, great hike, worth the visit!

hiking
9 days ago

Really wonderful trail, it’s a bit intense if you aren’t used to climbing stairs. The gorge trail was closed when we went, but the rim trail was great and I think the other trail looked just as good if not better.

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
17 days ago

The gorge side is still closed. But out and back on the rim side is great too, so it’s a 4.5-5 mike out and back.

A little challenging workout on the way out. The first mile is uphill. Lots of roots and some loose rock but footing is fine. Several sections have steep steps.

A little busy today but clean, dry trails. Great views. Could easily get off the trail to make the hike and views more interesting.

Looking forward to trying the gorge side.

hiking
17 days ago

Was able to do half of the Loop.. Rim trail to the big water fall roughly 4 miles up and back. (Main parking lot to top lot and back).
Gorge Trail is still closed due to trees on most of the trail on that side.
A long steady uphill climb to the Big Falls...a great hike/workout...you can get to the stream if you need water with filter..good clear trail on Rim side. Great views..will be back to do the loop when open...

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike and easy to get too off the road

Beautiful look at the falls but not much of a hike

hiking
18 days ago

Very enjoyable hike

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

hiking
23 days ago

Nice park, the parking fee is $8.00 and both the rim and gorge trail lead to Lucifer falls. If you choose to climb the 222 steps to the overlook of Lucifer falls enjoy the view! Been coming here since I was a kid!

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.

hiking
24 days ago

This is a great trail and a "must visit" for those exploring Cayuga waterfalls.

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

hiking
30 days ago

This trail is deceiving. The rim trail with the steps is more difficult than expected. Be careful of the terrain, it has a lot of roots and loose gravel

hiking
30 days 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!

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful trail. the rim trail was only open in the spring , due to ice, but nice hike

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.

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