Buttermilk Falls State Park

History along the Finger Lakes Trail

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Diane Lebo Wallace


It's worth a side trip from the Finger Lakes Trail (map M17) to visit the spectacular 165-foot falls.

Buttermilk Falls State Park takes its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. There are many hiking trails at the park:

  • Gorge Trail: 0.65mi with a 600-foot descent following Buttermilk Creek
  • Rim Trail: 0.82mi along Buttermilk Creek; forms a loop trail with the Gorge Trail
  • Bear Trail: 0.67mi connects lower and upper falls areas
  • Lake Treman Trail: 1.29mi leads to Lake Treman
  • Owl Creek Trail: 0.8mi
  • Larch Meadow Trail: 1.02mi circles a marsh near the lower parking lot

More info from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference

Info from NYS DEC

This point of interest is part of the tour: History along the Finger Lakes Trail


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