Monday, August 22, 2011

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park,
Tompkins County,
New York

Total Time: 1:30 hr (including several stops)
Estimated Distance: 1.7 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Interest: Very interesting with beautiful waterfalls along the way, highly recommended.
Points Of Interest: Gorge Trail through the gorge with continuous waterfalls, Pinnacle Rock, Main Waterfall at the end.

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This trip was part of our family camping trip. Its a beautiful hike through a gorge with one waterfall after another, and the trail that goes through the gorge is especially scenic and well-designed. We parked in the upper area by West King Road and hiked down. This part of the park is much quieter and natural then the lower more popular entrance to the park. It is also free, as opposed to the main park entrance where they charge about $8.

We took the gorge trail down the west side of the gorge, passing many pretty waterwalls along the way. The trail goes down to the bottom where the final main waterfall cascades down a thick rock face. On the way back I took the Rim Trail which goes along the eastern flank above the gorge. This trail is alot less dramatic then the gorge trail, but its a change of scenery.

Map of the Route
The First Falls Along the Gorge Trail
Pinnacle Rock.
This is a really odd standalone rock formation
sticking out right in middle of the gorge.
Another Falls Along the Gorge Trail
A multi-tiered falls.
Yet Another Falls
The Top Part of the Drop at the Main Lower Falls
The Main Lower Falls.

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