Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail

Trail distance: 0.65 miles

Difficulty level(s): difficult

Buttermilk Creek drops 600 feet as it plunges through a gorge down the eastern slope of the Cayuga Valley at the southernmost edge of the City of Ithaca. This is one of five trails featured in the park that wander through a remarkable variety of landscapes. You can hike the Gorge Trail which follows the cool, moist gorge past deep pools, water-sculpted rocks including "Pinnacle Rock" and several waterfalls.


Part of the Buttermilk Falls State Park trail network

Trailhead GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 42.4165
Longitude: -76.521277

Parking Locations

Trail Attributes

  • Good for Hiking
  • Good for Running
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Unique Wildlife Viewing
  • Picnicking allowed
  • Restrooms available

More Info

Part of interconnected trail system: Yes

Trail Surface: Earth, Gravel/Stone Dust

Trail Markers: wayfinding signs

Use of firearms for deer hunting is not allowed. Bow hunting may be allowed. BE SAFE: See the specific trail owner/steward’s website for the most up to date details

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