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Buttermilk Falls State Park

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112 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
+1 607-273-5761
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a nice short excursion

we decided to drive here from Cornell for a short excursion and it was surely worthwhile! it is... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2016
The Foaming Waters

This is quite an original name for a state park! The first time I heard about it, I was intrigued... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2016
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112 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
+1 607-273-5761
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Reviewed June 27, 2016

we decided to drive here from Cornell for a short excursion and it was surely worthwhile! it is soooo beautiful.

Thank prasan68
Reviewed June 25, 2016

This is quite an original name for a state park! The first time I heard about it, I was intrigued and wanted to visit it. Once there I realized why it was named that way: The water foams over the cascade flowing down the steep...More

2  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed June 23, 2016

Take a nice hike here in Ithaca... enjoy the magnificent nature trails that are abound. Now stop look, listen and feel the tranquility of the Buttermilk Falls. Enjoy this understatement of lovely.

1  Thank HansLudwig2014
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

The falls were disappointing due to lack of water! The area hadn't seen any rain recently so the falls weren't very impressive!

Thank purplehazelove
Reviewed June 23, 2016

Great short day-hike close to Cornell. The trail we hiked was not overly strenuous but I believe there are also other longer, more difficult hikes in the park.

Thank missy80999
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately Ithaca is experiencing a bit of a drought so the flow of the falls was not that spectacular. That being said, you get to view parts of the falls that are normally not visible while the water is raging. The formations are amazing and...More

Thank Lisa V
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Clean and green. The drive around the park provided for a relaxing evening getaway. Chipmunks scurried about, deer leapt through adjacent fields, and streams trickled through the woods. Simply serene.

Thank dickiesgirl118
Reviewed June 22, 2016

We hiked all the way down from firelight camps to the bottom where the main entrance to the park is, and then hiked back up. There are some muddy parts that required a little navigating and the rock stairs were a bit brutal on the...More

Thank Dolcevita0306
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful hike along a waterfall. Mostly stairs, but there are places to stop off along the way to catch your breath. Swimming was closed when we were there and the waterfall was rather dry, but beautiful nonetheless!

Thank TrpReviwr
Reviewed June 16, 2016

this is a beautiful falls and is easily viewed from the bottom of the falls which is just yards away from a paved parking area. there are overlooks with great views of the upper parts of the falls, BUT, be prepared for a steep climb....More

Thank tutter2
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June 6, 2017|
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Response from mike81122 | Reviewed this property |
Watkins Glen was on our list but was closed at the time for trail renovation so can't say. Buttermilk was beautiful but I've been told the water flow is much less later in the summer.
Johnny Teri B
May 29, 2017|
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Response from sagegirltx | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't recommend hiking the Buttermilk Trail for a 5 year old. The steps that run along the falls at the lower Buttermilk are steep, and there is no railing. There are other parks close by where a 5 year old can hike... More
Aaron R
April 27, 2017|
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Response from Tony S | Reviewed this property |
If they are reasonably fit you can park at the lower level and hike to the upper, then go around the lake and back. With stops and not pushing it it'll be a good two hours. Bathrooms and water are at the mid point.