Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

While visiting my cousin in Ithaca she took me on this awesome trail. we parked at the top and hiked down. At the bottom we stopped in town shopped a little bit and had a beer before heading backup to the top. Water level is a bit lower than normal for this time of year. Awesome views nice clear path/steps you don't constantly have to stare at your feet to make sure you're not gonna trip over roots etc.

I have done this trail several times and I love it every time. it is beautiful and a hell.of a workout with all the stairs. Love it !

Prettiest and coolest thing I have ever seen in my life... and I am not easily impressed.

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9 days ago

A good work out (if you like climbing stairs!). Beauty all the way up the gorge trail. Haven’t tried the Rim trail yet.

This was my favorite in Ithaca this far. Start by taking the gorge trail then loop to the rim trail- this will provide great views facing the waterfalls then it's like a walk in the woods.

21 days ago

Great trail up through the Gorge to Bear trail to the Lake & back down to the Rim Trail. Didn’t record, easy trail to follow. Steps up the falls aren’t easy but a good workout. Sights are amazing through the gorge trail.

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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! We were there on a rainy day and we took the staircase downward! The waterfall was Gorgeous and the dog loved the little rocky ponds she could play in at the top of the falls!

Great Hike, Beautiful Scenery

Beautiful trail

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

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1 month 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

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1 month ago

amazing views, great hike, worth the visit!

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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...

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1 month ago

Great hike and easy to get too off the road

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1 month ago

Very enjoyable hike

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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

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2 months 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

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2 months ago

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

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

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.

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6 months ago

Great trail along the pipe, 3 waterfalls, very peaceful dirt trail. there is a steep hill trail across the street from the parking area a quarter of a mile to see another water fall. alot of dogs not on a leash but all very friendly

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6 months ago

Awesome gorge trail. So glad I got to do this while going to Cornell. Been in summer and fall both were great.

7 months ago

Wonderful hike for an afternoon

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