Hike the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls

New York Lower Buttermilk Falls

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

For trail of never-ending, cascading waterfalls, take a hike for a gorge-ous scene of what the Finger Lakes Region is best known for.

The Gorge Trail starts to the right at the base of the last cascading waterfall you see as you enter the park. From here you begin hiking into the heart of the gorge following Buttermilk Creek to a bridge where you can turn around or continue exploring.

The trail features several large cascading falls around every corner. The trail is mostly a stone path which has several strenuous stair climbs. This shouldn't be a problem for families with rests in between at key lookout points overlooking the falls.

The Gorge Trail is an out and back trail totaling 1.7 miles, The Rim Trail however, is an alternative trail on the way back which follows from atop the gorge instead of through it back the way you came.

Pack List

  • Because this is a NYS Park, there is a $7 per car entrance fee which is paid at the park entrance (well worth it).
  • Proper footwear
  • Camera
  • Bathing suit
  • Water
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I loved this state park! Upon first entering the park, you're greeted with the Buttermilk Waterfall, which is stunning! Easy hiking, a steady incline of stairs from the bottom of the park. On the way up you'll see lots of swimming holes and small waterfalls. Dogs are welcomed. Really a great time!

21 days ago
21 days ago

Love the gorge trail, very scenic and the cascading falls are beautiful! Great hike for the whole family!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Jake SellsExplorer

New York // Virginia Tech

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