Buttermilk Falls State Park Ithaca NY

Buttermilk Falls State Park

In Buttermilk Falls State Park, like most of the Finger Lakes gorge parks, stairs are the primary walkway along Buttermilk Creek. It’s a challenging hike and worth it!

Where to begin

Google Maps will direct you to the Lower park entrance where you begin at the bottom and climb your way up along the Gorge Trail. Once you reach the bridge you can either keep going toward the upper park entrance, turn around and walk back along the Gorge Trail, or cross the bridge and take the Rim Trail down. The Rim Trail is more of a sloped trail through woodlands; quite beautiful, but no view of the creek.

We met locals who said they started from the upper entrance to Buttermilk Falls and walked all the way to the bottom along the Gorge and up the Rim. One woman said she walks the trails 3 times a week, up the Gorge and down the Rim. Really quite impressive as we were ready to call it after the first set of stairs! Again, fellow hikers encouraged us to keep going, and that it was worth it for the view. They were right.

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park

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Debi Bower

<p>Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.</p>

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  1. […] The upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, natural pool and playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows. Larch Meadows is a wetland area through which a nature trail winds. READ MORE […]