400ft deep gorge carved through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone was
once the bed of an ancient sea. With a 215ft plunge, this waterfall stands 3
stories taller than Niagara Falls.
Lucifer & Enfield Falls at Robert
Treman State Park-An area of rustic beauty with craggy gorges and
winding trails bear "fire & brimstone" names like 115ft Lucifer Falls
& Devil's Kitchen. The park features 6 trails with rocky gorges, wooded areas
and historic Gristmill. Popular with families for a lifeguarded swim area, the
Lower falls is the most visible of the park’s 12 falls.
Buttermilk & Pulpit
Falls-Buttermilk Creek descends over 500ft in a series of cascades and
rapids with a natural pool at the base. The park features 5 trails that wander
through a variety of landscapes. Visible from the park entrance,
Buttermilk Falls is the largest of 10 falls along Buttermilk
Ithaca Falls-With a drop of 150ft and 175ft
width, Ithaca Falls is the region’s most powerful and impressive. By 1817, a
half-dozen mills were operating here, their ruins visible on the south bank.
The plunge pool is famous among anglers for lake-run trout and salmon.
Lick Brook Falls-The Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook
has 3 major falls, 25ft, 47ft, & 93ft in a hidden nature preserve. Managed by
the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Lick Brook remains wild and undeveloped. The best
time to view the waterfalls is after a rainstorm.
Cascadilla Falls-Picturesque Cascadilla Falls is a
20ft multiple cascading fall, the first on a popular gorge trail connecting
Cornell University to downtown. Along the way, the creek drops 400ft past 9
Triphammer Falls-A 55ft multiple cascading fall
named for the Triphammer forge that opened in the 1820s, it’s a centerpiece of
the Cornell campus. University founder Ezra Cornell built the first Beebe Lake
Dam to deliver reliable year-round waterpower to mills downstream.
Ludlowville Falls-A 35ft cascade with a pioneer
history, Salmon Creek pours over a limestone cap to form beautiful Ludlowville
Falls. The shale underneath eroded away, creating an overhang cave and plunge
pool. This waterfall powered the settlement of Ludlowville, named for the
pioneer family that built a gristmill here in 1795.
“Businessman’s Lunch”-A set of 4 cascading falls - 30ft,
5ft, 15ft, 15ft. Beauty and history are
highlights at Businessman’s Lunch (Wells Falls), where the creek tumbles 65ft
in 4 drops against the backdrop of an old millwork.
Posted by: Visit Ithaca
Posted on: 21/01/2020