Buttermilk Falls: A Pretty Place to Hike

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 19th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/13blg22o/
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Buttermilk Falls is one of the jewels of Upstate New York's Finger Lakes region. Find out why this park is so popular with visitors, campers and hikers.

Buttermilk Falls: A Great Place to Visit


A steady stream of foamy water cascades down the gorge and into Cayuga Lake, forming Buttermilk Falls. Visitors have been admiring the roaring falls of Buttermilk Creek for hundreds of years. Every year, thousands of people visit the state park located in Ithaca, New York.
Buttermilk Falls State Park is one of 26 state parks in Upstate New York's Finger Lakes region - a 9,000 square mile area ranging from the Pennsylvania border to the southern shore of Lake Ontario. The name Finger Lakes comes from the 11 long, narrow lakes which resemble fingers when viewed on a map. The lakes were carved by glaciers thousands of years ago and remain popular with visitors, according to the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.
How strong the falls are depends on the weather. The falls slow to a trickle during hot, dry summers. Most of the time, the falls are strong enough to release a steady stream of foaming water into the lake below.

Hiking Buttermilk Falls


Buttermilk Falls is popular with hikers. They can hear the roar of the falls and the songs of birds flying overhead. They can watch the creek water foaming as it rushes down rocks and gorges. They can watch leaves fall into the water and float down the gorge like a surfer riding the waves.
The trail is steep in some areas but not too difficult to navigate. However, the trail is slippery in spots so be careful. You will walk up some stone steps which will give you a closeup view of the falls. Don't forget your camera.
Let's take a closer look at why this park is a haven for hikers:

Other Attractions at Buttermilk Falls


This is a fun spot for camping. Buttermilk Falls is a popular spot for a picnic lunch. The park has playground equipment for young visitors, playing fields and fishing spots.
The swimming area is open in the summer. Swimming here is like swimming in Maine: the water is cold, and the shore is rocky. You may want to wear shower shoes.
Whether you camp out here for a week or visit one day, you will find yourself mesmerized by Mother Nature's beauty. But you may have to shout to be heard above the roar of the falls.

For more information, go to the state park web site or to the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
Here is one I did on hiking:

Here is one on Watkins Glen, also part of the Finger Lakes

Attribution


This article used some information from the Finger Lakes Alliance,
This article used some information from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Places
The video came from You Tube.
I took the pictures myself.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
19th Sep 2013 (#)

That was truly beautiful dear Connie , and the sound of the flowing waterfall was so soothing .
Thank you for sharing this with us here.
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Stella. It is a lovely place.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Absolutely beautiful. The Falls need to hire you for their PR. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Marilyn. It is so lovely there.

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author avatar sukkran
20th Sep 2013 (#)

looks like a heaven. thanks for introducing such a wonderful place with beautiful pics and informative vid. great work connie.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie, for sahring these beauties in the forum! How far from New York city by road? Excellent piece as always

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Fern. It's about a four-hour drive from New York City.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
20th Sep 2013 (#)

lovely this Connie...thank you...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks Carolina. It is beautiful there.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Sep 2013 (#)

How very beautiful Connie...thank you!

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author avatar Mariah
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Looks like a very peaceful place
Connie, the waterfalls are just lovely.
Thanks for sharing

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. It is indeed beautiful.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mariah. I hope I can visit again before the snow comes.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Sukkran. It is indeed a heaven.

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author avatar Kalai
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Love your piece. would surely try to visit if I get a chance. I am currently work on a on a national park in my country too. What a coincidence. Hope you like it. Will put it up tomorrow.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
21st Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Kalai. I look forward to reading about it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Sep 2013 (#)

Being close to nature is so soothing - after all we are from nature too so the kinship is understandable. A great post Connie, thank you - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
22nd Sep 2013 (#)

Thank you, Siva. You are so right; nature is so comforting.

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