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.
Cascadilla Creek in Ithaca produces 8 waterfalls as it descends 400 feet through Cascadilla Gorge. The trail is paved with large stone steps, paths, and bridges.
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.
Explore the cool, quiet, mossy caverns, and boulders the size of houses at Panama Rocks, Rock City Park, Little Rock City, and Thunder Rocks.
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!