Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

hiking
10 hours 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
1 day 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
7 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!

hiking
8 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.

hiking
11 days ago

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

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

hiking
17 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.

hiking
20 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.

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

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.

on Rim & Gorge Trail

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was amazing: physically is was just challenging enough to break a sweat and get a good work out, aesthetically it was beautiful, it is well marked and maintained, and you can go swimming if you want to take a break. I would definitely do this again and I probably will. It was short enough that a round trip took just over two hours at a moderate pace with two people total (one experienced hiker, one beginner).

Nice hike just did a short loop. Nice water flow today very enjoyable

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trails. Wonderful views and a Hell of a workout, a lot of stairs. I would like to try the Red Pines trail off the Gorge trail. Perfect hike with Sun, shade mud puddles and lots of wildlife! Great to see families out hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

Found a list of amazing parks in the US. Watkins Glen was on that..which spurred our trip to the Ithaca area. we then found several other great trails including this one. It is definitely moderate hike on both the Gorge side and Rim Trial. The elevation change is 450ft and it goes up pretty rapidly. There are a lot of stairs on the Gorge side and the Rim trail and pretty steep headed up or down. We did the Gorge trail past Pinnacle rock to the road and down the Rim trail. We would have done the whole trek if we had more time.

overall great and beautiful park and waterfalls.

Beautiful waterfalls on the Gorge trail turn into a quiet and peaceful forest on the Bear trail. You can then continue around a serene lake and back to the Gorge or Rim trail. Awesome hike!

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