Hike the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls

New York Lower Buttermilk Falls

Added by Jacob Sells

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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Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



1.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

500 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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4 months ago

Beautiful Falls

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

4 months ago

Added by Jacob Sells

Catch me somewhere between Hokie Nation and the 607.

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