One of the reasons why we have chosen to live here is because of the close proximity to several beautiful State Parks! All of them have great hiking trails, impressive waterfalls and some of them have swim holes at the foot of a waterfall. Yet, they are so different from each other!
Robert H. Treman State Park, situated only 1 1/2 miles from us, has a rugged gorge called Enfield Glen as its scenic highlight. Winding trails follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls, to where you can see a mile-and-a-half down the wooded gorge as it winds its way to the lower park. It has a lovely swim area at the foot of Enfield Falls.
Taughhannock State Park, only 8 miles from our doorstep, features the tallest, single drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains! At 215 feet, this waterfall is three stories taller than Niagra Falls. The 3 1/2 mile long hiking trail takes you around the top of the falls and on the way down you can enjoy some nice scenic views of Cayuga Lake.
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. There is a large swimming area at the foot of the falls. The upper park has a small lake and hiking trails through woodlands. And.....it is only 4 miles from our doorstep!
Watkins Glen State Park, 18 miles from Enfield Manor, is the most visited of the State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. This is the only park that does not allow dogs on the gorge trail.
Cascadilla gorge has a short but steep hiking trail of 3/4 mile. We love to walk it as it takes you past a series of beautiful waterfalls. This trail connects Downtown Ithaca to the Cornell University campus.
IT IS TRUE: ITHACA IS GORGES!!!