Enjoy Waterfalls and Gorges close to Ithaca Inns

Spend a relaxing few days in one of the Ithaca inns on your visit to New York. While there, take in some impressive waterfalls and gorges, popular in this area of the state. Ithaca sits on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake in central New York, home to Cornell University. While Ithaca is a big college town with a metropolitan feel, this culturally liberal city offers lots in the way of nature. Cascading waterfalls and intricate gorges are all around. Check them out while staying at your favorite Ithaca bed & breakfast. Follow BBOnline's recommendations below for a great get-back-to-nature vacation. 

Cascadilla Creek Gorge
Court St. & Lin St.
Downtown Ithaca, NY 14850
Visitors Bureau: (800) 284-8422

Acting as a connector between the Cornell campus and the downtown area, the Cascadilla Creek Gorge is often called "the greenway connecting town and gown." Although right in the middle of an urban landscape, this gorge provides an oasis for those looking to get away from it all for a little while. There are lots of stairs here to assist you, and the walk lasts about 1.3 miles. It's quick, it's fairly easy and it's a great photo opportunity. The trail leading to these half dozen waterfalls starts at the park next to the University Ave./Linn St. bridge. Just keep in mind it can get a bit steep when ascending towards the college.

Ithaca Falls
Lake St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1313
www.ci.ithaca.ny.us

Enjoy a picnic on the south side of this trail, then take a hike along the one-mile-long Fall Creek gorge. You'll find six waterfalls on this scenic route, along with cascades and rapids.

Six Mile Creek Gorge
Ithaca, NY 14850
(800) 284-8422

This old Indian trail showcases the splendid Elizabeth Mulholland Wildflower Preserve, showcasing rich woodland flora over a three-mile trail.

Buttermilk Falls State Park
112 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd.
Off Rt 13 south
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-5761

Buttermilk Falls State Park features more than 500 feet of cascades and rapids as part of Buttermilk Creek. Hike to the natural pool at the base to cool off in the  swimming hole. Take a stroll upstream, along a trail that circles Lake Treman, a great foray in the nice weather. Have a picnic and visit the playground while in the area.

Sweedler Preserve @ Lick Brook
Town Line Rd.
Danby, NY
(607) 275-9487
www.fllt.org

A short trip from Ithaca inns, in nearby Danby, the Sweedler Preserve @ Lick Brook allows visitors to walk through the surrounding forest to enjoy great views of waterfalls all along Lick Brook. Park on the roadside, and enjoy your hike on this 1.3-mile loop.

Taughannock Falls State Park
1740 Taughannock Blvd.
Rt 89 north of Ithaca
Trumansburg, NY 14886
(607) 387-6739

Also close to Ithaca inns is Taughannock Falls State Park, in Trumansburg. Standing three stories taller than Niagara Falls, this natural landmark features a 215-foot plunge. The surrounding rock amphitheater reaches almost 400 feet up. The park boasts a picnic area, swimming, playground and more. Top off your day with some music as part of the Summer Concert Series in the Park. Head back to your Ithaca bed & breakfast knowing you made the most of your stay visiting some grand waterfalls and gorges.