Ithaca's slogan is ‘Ithaca is Gorges’. The town of Ithaca has four gorges that were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago and there are more waterfalls through these beautiful gorges than a hiker can count. Reports say there are over 150 waterfalls within 10 miles. We've seen many and have literally stopped counting. Welcome to the land of gorges, waterfalls and outdoor beauty. To a community of academics, artists and adventurists. We have truly fallen in love with this area of New York.
Today we hiked the Gorge Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park. We haven't hiked this trail since our first year in Ithaca. The Gorge Trail follows Buttermilk Creek as it cascades down through the gorge about 600 feet, passing deep pools, sculpted rocks and countless waterfalls. Buttermilk Falls is a 165 ft high cascade waterfall with multiple tiers, bursting out of a wooded hill like a waterslide made of rock. The trail info says the hike is 1.5 miles out and back, but our hiking app showed we hiked right at 2 miles and climbed 444 feet.