What to do in Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park is best known for its beautiful series of water falls, cliffs and coldwater pools. Pinnacle Rock is an interesting rock formation that folks enjoy viewing. Buttermilk Falls does offer the usual park amenities including camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, hunting and more.

The park obtained its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. Water descends over 500 feet in a series of cascades, rapids and pools. One of the highlights is a view of Pinnacle Rock, which is a spire-like rock jutting 40 feet above the stream. Buttermilk Falls State Park offers an upper area with a small lake, hiking trails, gorge views, play fields and picnic groves. The lower area of the park features a campground, swimming pool and more play fields. An enjoyable nature walk journeys through Larch Meadows, which is a moist, shady wetland.

Viewing scenery is the main attraction at Buttermilk Falls State Park. However, other park amenities are plentiful including camping, hiking trails, a wonderful nature trail, playgrounds, play fields, fishing opportunities, hunting ground, picnic groves and swimming pool. The area is divided into an upper and lower parcel.

Buttermilk Falls State Park is located immediately south of Ithaca along SR 13.

The Buttermilk Falls State Park area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.

RD #10
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone: 607-273-5761

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