Top Adventures in Ithaca

  • Quick Walk Through Cascadilla Gorge

    The Cascadilla Creek Gorge is the perfect retreat from Cornell campus or downtown Ithaca into serene natural surroundings. This short trail will take you down 400 feet past multiple waterfalls, through lush, green forest and 400 million year old b...

  • Hike the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls

    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 expl...

    1.7 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike Coy Glen

    Starting at the parking space on Elm St. Extension, follow the trail downhill until you reach the bed of the creek. The creek becomes the trail at this point, and you will need to navigate it appropriately and safely since the shale is EXTREMELY s...

    2 miles 689 ft gain

  • Hike the Eldridge Wilderness Loop

    Park in the designated lot directly off Troy Rd and begin the loop at the only trail entering the parking area (the lot only holds about 4-5 vehicles). Because this is a loop trial, when it splits after 200 yards take either route and still end at...

    2.3 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

    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 t...

    4.5 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike the Thayer Preserve Loop at Lick Brook

    On Townline road, park at the pulloff where you'll see arrows pointing to the "Thayer Loop Trail" and a kiosk describing the trail. This trail is a short trail that travels along the side of Lick Brook overlooking several small cascades and waterf...

    0.8 miles 100 ft gain

  • Run the Sapsucker Woods Trails

    There are two main sets of trails available for walking/running on. The trails connect across a small road and can be made into about a 4 mile loop if you run some of the interior loops as well. The trails are made of either wood-chips or boardwal...

    4 miles

  • Hike Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

    Trailheads and parking are on both Sandbank and Townline Roads, with elevations ranging from 280-330m. Follow the white blazes of the Finger Lakes trail downhill with views of the gorge, and wind through massive oak and maple trees. At the bottom...

    1.6 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike Treman State Park

    Starting in the parking area, choose which direction of the loop to take (all of which will take you to Lucifer Falls). You can choose to do a shorter, 1 - mile loop around the falls, or go further to the lower section of the park (approximately ...

    3 miles -400 ft gain

  • Fly Fish at Salmon Creek Falls

    Park at the dead end designated DEC "Fishing Salmon Creek" lot. Casting anywhere on this stretch of stream leading up to Salmon Creek Falls is excellent fishing, especially near the bridge crossing which is in sight from the parking area.Make sure...

  • Photograph Taughannock Falls

    This is a quick and easy hike leading to an incredible 214 foot waterfall that is beautiful in all four seasons. Bring the whole family and hangout by the falls for the afternoon, weather permitting. During the winter, the falls transform the surr...

    1.5 miles 644 ft gain

  • Hike the Gorge Trail to the Base of Taughannock Falls

    The trailhead is located right off NY Route 89 with plenty of parking just across the street from it. Be sure to take your camera and tripod because these 215 ft tall falls are a sight to see! The hike to the base of the falls is a very easy 1.5 m...

    1.5 miles 0 ft gain

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      Home Sweet Campsite Two

      Home Sweet Campsite Two is perfect for campers who want to explore all of what Ithaca has to offer! Located only 10 minutes away from both Cornell University and Ithaca College, this tent site is y...

      From $170/night

    • Ithaca, New York

      Gorges Hideaway At Little Leaf Farm

      The campsite is located in a forested nook on our 22 acre farm on the South Hill of Ithaca, NY. We provide you a REAL queen size mattress to sleep on. The air mattress Tentrr provides can be used i...

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    • Ithaca, New York

      Meadow Retreat At Little Leaf Farm

      Come witness and enjoy a moonlit "firefly fiesta" on this Hickory surrounded meadow! The Campsite is located on the edge of a meadow against the forest line of Thayer Nature Preserve on our 22 acre...

      From $128/night

    • Ithaca, New York

      Home Sweet Campsite

      Home Sweet Campsite is perfect for campers who want to explore all of what Ithaca has to offer! Located only 10 minutes away from both Cornell University and Ithaca College, this tent site is your ...

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    • Newfield, New York

      Hillside Pond With A View

      Beautiful rural setting with spring-fed pond for swimming with trail network for hiking and enjoying the sunset.

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    • Locke, New York

      Hemlock Gorge Hideaway

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