Above Pinnacle Rock

Buttermilk Falls State Park Geology Tour

Above Pinnacle Rock

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: South Hill Elementary School

Point of Interest Details


Stop at this breathtaking spot on the trail to see plenty of gorge sights!

The waterfall is as loud as a water gun blasting gallons of water! The potholes are as big as boulders. The logs are higher than a one story building. The corners are at a 90 degree angle.

How did those logs get here? Here’s an idea. First, a tree from the top of the gorge collapsed, falling into the gorge. Maybe the water filled to the level of the logs, raising them up to where they are stuck now.

Well, how DID the water get that high? In the spring, storms can bring several inches of rain in a short time, or get stuck over the area for days. That causes floods. Snow can start to melt in the spring when the ground is frozen. The water can’t flow into the ground, so it rolls off the surface and goes into the gorge. The water can fill up very high and change the gorge by moving rocks and trunks in the stream. If you think the water is foamy like a boiling kettle pot, you should see it in the spring.

What forces do you think can move the trunks in the future?

This point of interest is part of the tour: Buttermilk Falls State Park Geology Tour


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