120-150 minute drive

Climbing Panama Rocks

Panama Rocks Scenic Park

Watch your footing, know your limits, and use common sense when it comes to climbing on the boulders at Panama Rocks Scenic Park.

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Cornell Botanic Gardens

Cornell Botanic Gardens

The 4,000-acres that make up Cornell Botanic Gardens are free to explore and are full of opportunities to learn about plants and environmental conservation.

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Cascadilla Gorge

Cascadilla Gorge in Ithaca

Cascadilla Creek produces 8 waterfalls as it descends 400 feet through Cascadilla Gorge. The trail consists of stone steps, pathways, and bridges.

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Little Rock City

Little Rock City in Rock City State Forest

Little Rock City in Salamanca’s Rock City State Forest is free to explore! You could spend 20 minutes or two hours wandering through the boulders, some as large as houses.

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Panama Rocks - Rock Cities

4 Rock Cities Near Rochester

Explore these cool, quiet, mossy rock cities near Rochester, with boulders the size of houses! You’ll love Panama Rocks, Rock City Park, Little Rock City, and Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park.

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Buttermilk Falls State Park stone bridge

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; challenging but worth it!

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