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Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca

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Admire an extensive series of cascades at Buttermilk Falls State Park, where you have a range of opportunities for hiking and enjoying the area's lush nature. Though named for the largest of its waterfalls, the park features nine others of varying size and length. Visit the park and hit the trail to view these falls, accessible via a network of hiking paths that give you clear views of the waterways. Follow these trails, which range from 1.2 km (0.75 mi) to 2.4 km (1.5 mi), down through the valley and alongside the falls themselves. Keep in mind that while the trails are relatively short, they vary in difficulty and can be quite intense, so be sure to outfit yourself with some comfortable hiking shoes. Plan my day in Ithaca using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • This park is amazing! The falls are beautiful! We went in the morning on a fall weekday and it wasn't crowded. There is a $9 parking fee. We were warned by friends in advance that there were a lot of....  more
    This park is amazing! The falls are beautiful! We went in the morning on a fall weekday and it wasn't crowded. There is a $9 parking fee. We were warned by friends in advance that there were a lot of....  more »
  • Lovely falls with several little ones along the way on the gorge trail. When we visited, there was a drought which made the main one at the base disappointing. The main one is easily accessible as... 
    Lovely falls with several little ones along the way on the gorge trail. When we visited, there was a drought which made the main one at the base disappointing. The main one is easily accessible as...  more »
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  • What a beautiful and well maintained park! $9 entry fee and they take credit cards and use a handy no-contact machine. Restrooms are within walking distance to the parking lot. We went after Labor Day so the swimming ‘hole’ isn’t open, but when you walk up to it there is a beautiful spot for taking pictures of the end of the waterfall. We only took the gorge trail so I can’t speak to other trails, but this one you definitely have to be ready to climb stairs-and a LOT of them. If you have young kids, def bring a back pack to carry them in. There are also spots where the trail is flat, but usually that’s where there is no fence so you have to ensure kids are on the inside of the trail as not much room and an easy slip and fall down the cliff. Nonetheless this was worth it and beautiful!! It kept getting better the higher we hiked. Gorge trail has 2 spots that you can easily wade/walk in to cool off. There are no restrooms on the trail. Be aware, especially if bringing kids who may not be able to hold it. Unlike Watkins Glen, all trails are dog friendly!!
  • I have wonderful memories of coming here as a kid and some things have changed but not too much. The falls weren't as big as I remember them this time of year but still beautiful. The swimming areas closed due to no lifeguards. We went partway up the gorge trail - definitely coming back when we have more time to explore. Wonderful little kids play area as well! Pets allowed on a leash in most areas.

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