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Buttermilk Falls State Park

Address: 105 Enfield Falls Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: 607 273-5761
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Ranked #4 of 48 things to do in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks

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Rochester, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Buttermilk Falls is gorgeous. What's even better is climbing the trail up and seeing how far the waterfall goes up. I was so amazed at New York's beauty!! If the weather is nice you can swim at the base of the falls. Be weary about what month you decide to hike up the falls. I went in May and it... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

What's not to love about walking where, no matter which direction you go, you can hear the majestic roar of a waterfall. The walk, whether up the stairs alongside the waterfall, or in the other direction toward the campground and cabins, is fairly steep. And beautiful. We're from Ithaca and enjoy walking our dogs at Buttermilk; it's great exercise --... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

People swim there, but I cannot recommend it as the water is not treated and some have stated that there are water snakes in the swimming area. The trails are nice, but take physical endurance to take advantage of them so granny and granddaddy will have to sit these trails out. There are not many comfortable places for granny and... More 

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Milford, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

What a beautiful place to walk! Not hard to maneuver for us senior citizens and so much nature to experience. The falls are truly something to see.

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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We chose buttermilk falls as our "home" for 5 nights of camping in Ithaca. A gorgeous state park campground for only 10 dollars a night.. You really can't go wrong! Especially since your camping pass gets you in all state parks for free. This was perfect for us as we took advantage of the close proximity to Watkins glen, Taughannock... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We walked here from our hotel. It was a great place to stretch our legs. If you want to do the entire trail up the falls allow yourself plenty of time. It is quite a strenuous hike, but well worth it.

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aylesbury, bucks
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Visited when Park in all its Autumnal glory. A nice sunny day. Took the left side rim trail which wasn't very exciting as not many views of Gorge. But that meant when we did meet up with the stream it was all the more dramatic. Loved the tumbling waterfalls on the walk back down, it is very pretty.

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Galloway, New Jersey
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Loved this hike! Exceptional scenery especially with the fall foliage! Be aware it's s good climb down and back up is steeper. Will go back and do this again!

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Hamburg, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I couldn't believe the beauty of these falls; I've never seen anything like it. One gorgeous waterful after another. Truly breathtaking and a place I would definitely visit more than once.

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Buffalo, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

My wife grew up in Ithaca on Rt. 89 just above Buttermilk. It used to be her "local park" to play in as a child. Now we make at least one journey there every year to "walk the walk" as she puts it. The walk is the hike up the trail along one side of the waterfall hugging the waterfall.... More 

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