There are numerous, numerous waterfalls in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, New York. It would definitely be helpful or even cool if they named each of the different waterfalls something…different. First off, Buttermilk Falls is one of the most common waterfall names. Second, it would be easier to identify the falls if they actually had a name!
I’ve called this one waterfall #6. It’s by no means the largest of the falls in the park. It’s actually one of the smallest, but it’s still pretty nonetheless. The whole park is beautiful. The Gorge Trail, where the falls are best viewed from, is open during certain times of the year, though. Luckily, when I visited the park in early May, it was one of the only parks to have the gorge trail completely open. Most of the other state parks with waterfalls and gorge trails still had the trails closed.
One more thing about Buttermilk Falls: the park has a rather steep incline. If you enter from the W. King Road, the way down is not bad at all. The way back up is tougher. The opposite is true if you enter from the other entrance. Beware! The best way to view the falls would be to start at the W. King Road entrance, descend down to the other entrance, where somebody could pick you up.
- There are multiple ways to access this entrance to the park. I think the easiest is to get onto NY-96B (aka Danby Rd.) heading south from Ithaca.
- Heading south, you will come to W. King Road. Turn right onto W. King Road.
- Head to the sign for the entrance to Buttermilk Falls State Park. Turn into the entrance.
- From here, you can park right there, and cross W. King Road. The entrance to the gorge should be rather obvious.
- The Gorge Trail is the best choice to view the falls, though it is only open during certain times of the year.
Accessibility: Ascent (4/10), Descent (9/10)
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip (if you start near NY-96)
Where in the World is Waterfall #6?