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Taughannock Falls State Park Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Taughannock "Upper Falls" - Gorge Trail

Taughannock Falls State Park
Fee: State Park Fees Apply
Pets: w/Restrictions

Parking Area: N42 32.307 W76 36.514 (Overlook)
Parking Area: N42 32.727 W76 35.969 (South Rim / Gorge)
Parking Area: N42 32.835 W76 35.786 (Picnic / Fishing)

Trail Map: Taughannock.com

Trail: North Rim
Distance: 1.5 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.766 W76 36.030

Trail: South Rim
Distance: 1.125 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.727 W76 35.969

Trail: Gorge Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.727 W76 35.969

Trail: Multi-use
Distance: 2.0 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

05/01/2010 (AdvGirl) – We started this hike on the South Rim trail which is easily seen from the parking area.  Although I indicated “easy” for this hike, the multiple sets of stairs going to the rim can get you winded.  Once we were on the rim, the trail is very easy going from there.  A similar staircase is on the North Rim entrance, which seemed to be a less aggressive incline.  The South Rim connects to the North Rim trail over the upper falls and continues back to the South Rim parking lot.  From the same parking lot you will find the Gorge Trailhead.  This is a very easy paced hike to the lower observation area of the upper falls.  A nice set of easy trails connected to a very nice park filled with amenities.

Taughannock Falls - Lake Side

South Trim Trailhead

More South Rim Stairs ...

More South Rim Stairs ...

North Rim Trail

North Rim Trail

Taughannock Lower Falls - Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail View

Taughannock Upper Falls

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Buttermilk Falls State Park Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

Name: Buttermilk Falls State Park

Trail: Gorge-Rim Loop
Length: 1.7 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Bear Trail – Treman Lake Loop
Length: 3.5 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Larch Meadows Trail
Length: 1.0 mile (round trip) / Difficulty: Easty

Fee: State Park Fee
Pets: Yes

GPS: N 42 24.983 W 76 31.253

Trail Maps:
Buttermilk Falls Park Map
Buttermilk Falls Camping Map

Visited:
> 07/10/2004 (AdvGirl & Chinook)

Buttermilk Falls is one of the most scenic state parks in New York.  In particular, the Gorge Trail is beautiful from the base to the West King Ridge bridge.  The trail is easy, however its all up and sections of the trail are wet and slick from time to time. I believe the incline is about 500′ over a 3/4mile section — most of which is stairs.

The Larch Meadows Trail, which was once home to a Sapony Indian Village of log cabins, is also well marked.  This footpath is also prone to wet areas and with most wet area trails, bring your insect repellent.  This is a unique habitat for plants and wildlife.  The loop starts and ends by the ballfield.

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge Trail View

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge Trail View

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge/Rim Trail Bridge

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge/Rim Trail Bridge

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge Trail

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge Trail

Buttermilk Falls - Pinnacle Rock

Buttermilk Falls - Pinnacle Rock

Buttermilk Falls - West King Road Bridge

Buttermilk Falls - West King Road Bridge