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“Beautiful small waterfalls. Fairly strenuous hike.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park
Ranked #3 of 59 things to do in Ithaca
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New Jersey
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“Beautiful small waterfalls. Fairly strenuous hike.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Buttermilk Falls State Park is a few miles south of Ithaca. We took the Gorge Trail, about 3/4 mile that starts at the bottom of Buttermilk Falls and climbs upwards. There are several places where you must navigate sections of stone-dirt steps. Although the distance is short, the hike here is somewhat strenuous because of the steep steps you must climb. Along the way, you'll see a variety of small pretty waterfalls as you ascend along Buttermilk Creek.

At the end of the Gorge Trail, we continued southward on the Bear Trail, a mostly woodsy-type hike of about 3/4 mile. This leads to a small parking lot and picnic and restroom area, which then leads to Lake Treman. The lake water was muddy brown due to heavy rain two days earlier. It would probably have looked much prettier otherwise. The path leads across a dam, that makes for a nice photo-op. There is a trail around the lake, about 1.5 miles. We did not do that trail this time, but instead returned on the Bear Trail and Gorge Trail to our parking lot.

I have visited Buttermilk, Taughannock Falls, and Watkins Glen. They each have a special quality that sets them apart to me. Taughannock is like one giant gorge with one spectacular waterfall (assuming there hasn't been a recent drought). Watkins Glen is an area of many small gorges and pools. And Buttermilk is an area of many small waterfalls. I enjoyed all 3 parks. Buttermilk gave me the most strenuous workout. It took about 3 hours to complete our visit.

There was supposed to be a fee of $7 per vehicle to enter the lot, but no one was there to collect the fee; perhaps we entered early enough to miss the collection?

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

An easy walk to beautiful scenery. We took great pictures and was a peaceful place to visit.Very wet so wear some appropriate shoes for this walk.

Visited June 2014
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Albion, New York
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“Large Waterfall!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

This was the first of a few state parks we toured. We made the mistake of walking the Rim Trail first, We were looking for the waterfalls, not the woods. Lesson learned quickly. As the rim trail is steep and up hill in this direction. Beautiful park and a wonderful waterfall right at the entrance of the park.

Visited July 2014
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Rowayton, Connecticut
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“Our favorite Ithaca Falls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Our favorite because you can hike with the dogs and the upper pools seem to be OK for swimming,,, we saw many kids swimming but no lifeguards and it is a steep stair hike but beautiful and well worth it.

Visited July 2014
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Ithaca, New York
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“Gorges are gorgeous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Incredibly beautiful; flat (rim) or stair-step (gorge) walks; not usually overcrowded; cool air in Summer due to tree cover; and well maintained. Highly recommended for families and short walk/hikes.

Visited June 2014
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