Hike the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

New York Six Mile Creek Recreational Trail Parking

Added by Brian Maley

The Six Mile Creek Natural Area which is adjacent to the City of Ithaca, is over 100 acres of incredibly diverse natural beauty. The preserve encompasses two reservoirs that supply drinking water to the city, miles of trail, pristine examples of Northern Hardwood forest, wildlife, and waterfalls.

The East Ithaca Recreational Walkway, which traverses the Six Mile Creek Natural Area, can be accessed at the parking areas on Burns Rd. or Coddington Rd. The walkway, which used to be a railroad, runs flat and straight from East to West. From the walkway, other smaller trails can be accessed that lead further into different parts of the preserve, and are marked with different colored blazes.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Snacks/food
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Chillin, Cycling, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



4.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

250 Feet



Cliff Jumping
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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7 months ago

Cliff Jumping

Awesome place to go cliff jumping although be careful as the local authorities aren't too fond of this!

7 months ago

Added by Brian Maley

Working with Cornell University and the Finger Lakes Land Trust to photo-document the Unique Natural Areas of Tompkins County to benefit conservation. I believe in getting people excited to go outside and explore on a local scale.

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