Take a Hike! Buttermilk State Park

Yesterday was just an immaculately beautiful day, so rare for this late in autumn (and this high of a latitude).  I glanced outside, glanced at my growing pile of work, hopped on my bike, and pedaled to the nearest state park, which happened to be…

Buttermilk Falls SP!

Buttermilk Falls SP!

Right outside Ithaca, NY, this state park is centered around the waterfall shown above, and includes several miles of hiking trails.  I hiked all the trails yesterday, starting at the base of the falls and winding my way up the river to Lake Treman.  The trail goes around the perimeter of the lake and connects with the much longer Finger Lakes Trail (which I have yet to explore).

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The Gorge trail has lots of steps…

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And lots of waterfalls

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Rock patterns in the river

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Tussock caterpillar

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Looks a lot like fall!

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The bridge will take you to the trail on the other side of the river, which is deeper into the forest. I continued straight here to go up to the lake.

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What a beautiful day!

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This is Bear Trail, it strays a bit further from the river

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This is the Lake Treman loop trail

This is the Lake Treman loop trail

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I love how pink the maple leaf viburnum gets in the autumn

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On the way back down, I took the rim trail, which lacks the "gorge"ous views.

On the way back down, I took the rim trail, which lacks the “gorge”ous views.

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8 thoughts on “Take a Hike! Buttermilk State Park

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