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Buttermilk Falls State Park

Enjoy an old-fashioned swimming hole at the base of this park’s creek and wander through the sprawling glen and wetlands.

Buttermilk Falls State Park is named after the stunning falls on the creek running through forest bedrock down rapids and cascades on its journey to Cayuga Lake. Explore this ideal spot for a picnic and quality time with the family near green vegetation and flowing water. Photograph the water features and ramble through the woods to forget about city life.

Come to Buttermilk Creek to see the water descending more than 600 feet (182 meters) down cascades and rapids. Enjoy a picnic on the forest floor near the sound of the small waterfalls and birdcalls. Follow the trails meandering through the woods to reach the pool at the foot of the creek, where you can swim. Take a tour of Buttermilk Gorge during the area’s warm summer season. Spot fascinating flora and fauna as you traverse the woodland. The park is home to the grey petaltail dragonfly species, similar to dragonflies that flew with dinosaurs millions of years ago. Capture photos of the glen and wetland area of Larch Meadows. Follow the nature trail that winds through it.

The grant for the land came from the influential Ithaca philanthropists, Robert and Laura Treman, in 1924. At the top of the creek is Lake Treman, which has a picturesque walking path around its circumference. Stay the night at one of the campsites in the park.

The park’s entrance price per vehicle varies by season. There are additional fees for camping and using a cabin or pavilion. The park is open to the public year-round, although camping and swimming are not available in winter.

Buttermilk Falls State Park is a 10-minute drive south of Ithaca in New York State. It is near other rural parks, including the Robert H. Treman State Park and the Ithaca College Natural Lands. The 230-mile (370-kilometer) route north from New York City takes about 4 hours by car.


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Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown $110
Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown

324 East State Street, Ithaca, NY
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Ithaca, this hotel is steps from The History Center and Ithaca Commons. Cornell University and State Theatre of Ithaca are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ithaca $87
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ithaca

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ithaca

    371 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Ithaca, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Buttermilk Falls State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ithaca College and State Theatre of Ithaca. Ithaca Commons is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

      Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ithaca $75
      Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ithaca

      Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ithaca

      359 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Buttermilk Falls State Park, State Theatre of Ithaca, and Ithaca Commons. Ithaca College and Cornell University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        La Tourelle $124
        La Tourelle

        La Tourelle

        1150 Danby Rd 96B, Ithaca, NY
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Buttermilk Falls State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ithaca College and Ithaca Commons. State Theatre of Ithaca is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

          Quality Inn Ithaca - University Area $50
          Quality Inn Ithaca - University Area

          Quality Inn Ithaca - University Area

          356 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ithaca, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Buttermilk Falls State Park, State Theatre of Ithaca, and Ithaca Commons. Ithaca College and Cornell University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Hampton Inn Ithaca $93
            Hampton Inn Ithaca

            Hampton Inn Ithaca

            337 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Ithaca, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Buttermilk Falls State Park, State Theatre of Ithaca, and Ithaca Commons. Ithaca College and Cornell University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Ithaca, NY $78
              Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Ithaca, NY

              Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Ithaca, NY

              1100 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Buttermilk Falls State Park and Ithaca College. Ithaca Commons and State Theatre of Ithaca are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons $103
                Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons

                Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons

                120 S Aurora St, Ithaca, NY
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Ithaca, this hotel is steps from Ithaca Commons and The History Center. State Theatre of Ithaca and Ithaca Falls Natural Area are also within 1 mi (2 km).