Ithaca, New York

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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls

    5.0
    1.7 mi / 500 ft gain
    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 f...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike Coy Glen

    5.0
    2 mi / 689 ft gain
    Before starting this hike, please make sure you have permission to access Cornell Botanic Gardens.  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 appr...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Eldridge Wilderness Loop

    2.3 mi / 0 ft gain
    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 the parking area. The loop is 2.3 miles long and ...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

    5.0
    4.5 mi / 250 ft gain
    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 t...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Thayer Preserve Loop at Lick Brook

    0.8 mi / 100 ft gain
    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 waterfalls. For a section it also passes by a small farm...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

    5.0
    1.6 mi / 500 ft gain
    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 of the hill (about 100m of elevation), you can en...
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  • Newfield, New York

    Hike Treman State Park

    5.0
    3 mi / -400 ft gain
    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).There is also a campground conveniently l...
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  • Lansing, New York

    Fly Fish at Salmon Creek Falls

    5.0
    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 to check spawning seasons for the area online bef...
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  • Lansing, New York

    Ludlowville Falls

    The Ithaca area is known for waterfalls, this waterfall is maybe lesser known but still a great place to visit and photograph and is easy to reach. Ludlowville Falls is located in a small park called Ludlowville Park.  It is a beautiful and unique waterfall.  
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  • Trumansburg, New York

    Taughannock Falls Overlook

    4.8
    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 surrounding cliffs into a wall of ice and snow, but in...
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  • Trumansburg, New York

    Gorge Trail to Taughannock Falls

    4.9
    1.95 mi / 364 ft gain
    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 miles out and back. In the summer months the trai...
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  • Trumansburg, New York

    Explore Smith Woods

    5.0
    0.5 mi / -30 ft gain
    Smith Woods is a 32 acre old growth forest in Trumansburg, NY, directly across from the Trumansburg Fairgrounds. Start by parking in the Shur Save parking lot, and walk to the corner of the woods where you will find a sign and trail blazes. The trail is an easy .5 mile loop hike through the wood...
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  • Brooktondale, New York

    Camp at the Shindagin Hollow Lean-To

    4.5
    1 mi / 150 ft gain
    From the parking spot on Prospect Valley Rd., cross the footbridge as part of the Finger Lakes Trail due East. The trail will be marked with white blazes. As you follow the blazes you will hike up for about 0.5 miles, increasing elevation by about 150ft, and then down 30-50 ft for 0.2 miles befo...
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  • Burdett, New York

    Explore Hector Falls

    The waterfall is not far from Watkins Glen State Park, just a few miles north on route 414 on the east side of the lake. If you are out chasing waterfalls, this is an easy and beautiful spot to make a quick stop. This is roadside, but there is plenty of shoulder along the road to pull off and ta...
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  • Montour Falls, New York

    Photograph Aunt Sarah's Falls

    This waterfall can be seen directly from the road but can also easily be missed when driving route 14.   There is a small parking lot across the street to stop and enjoy the falls and take a few photos.  It sits right on the border of Montour Falls just south of Watkins Glen.   Aunt Sarah's Fall...
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  • Watkins Glen, New York

    Gorge Trail via south Parking Lot

    4.6
    4 mi
    Nestled right off the main road in the small village of Watkins Glen in Upstate New York, Watkins Glen State Park is a beautiful area with plenty to see. Although it is a bit touristy and right off of the road, you'll forget how close to society you are when you see these beautiful waterfalls. W...
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