Buttermilk Falls State Park
Robert H. Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-5761 (summer)
Park open all year. Camping season from mid-May to mid-October. All
trails close November 10. Deer hunting, bow only, is permitted in
Buttermilk Falls State Park takes its name from the foaming
cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley
side toward Cayuga Lake.
The upper park has a small lake, hiking
trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas
and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, pool and
playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows.
Larch Meadows is a
moist, shady glen and wetland area through which a nature trail
winds. Park activities, including tours through Buttermilk gorge,
are offered weekly from July 4th through Labor Day.
- Route 13 south of Ithaca.
Buttermilk Falls State Park is located southwest of Ithaca,
New York, USA. Like Robert H. Treman State Park, the initial grant
of land for the park came from Robert and Laura Treman, in 1924.
The nature trails in the park include Gorge Trail, which follows
the Buttermilk Creek as it cascades dropping about 500 feet along
Gorge Trail is complimented by Rim Trail on the other
side of the creek, which make for a loop of about 1.5 miles. Beyond
these two trails is the Bear Trail which continues up Buttermilk
Creek to Lake Treman Falls and Lake Treman.
The trail to and around
the lake is another 1.5 miles. At the far end of the lake is a spur
of the Finger Lakes Trail.
Another trail in the park is the Larch
Trail, which circles a marsh near the main (lower) parking area and
is about 1 mile in length. The best view of the falls are along the
Gorge Trail, although the creek loses much of its flow whenever rain
Revolutionary War era soldier Joseph Plumb Martin mentioned a
Buttermilk Falls in his diary; however, this refers to present day
Highland Falls in the Hudson Valley and not in Ithaca
- Empire Passport Accepted
- Hunting Nature Trail
- Picnic Tables
- Playing Field(s)
- Recreation Programs
- Scenic Views
- Tent/Trailer Sites
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