Buttermilk Falls State Park
Ithaca, Tompkins Co.
You could experience anything from the sight of a large, impressive pileated woodpecker to the yipping of coyotes as you hike quietly through the deep, wooded gorge past beautiful potholes and waterfalls to spectacular Buttermilk Falls.
Wildlife to Watch
- Gray and red squirrels, chipmunks, cottontail rabbits, skunks, raccoons, opossum,
- Little brown bats, big brown bats, flying squirrels, coyotes (at dusk)
- Ruffed grouse, turkey, pileated woodpeckers, owls, great blue heron
- Sharp-shinned, red-tailed, and broad-winged hawks
- Many songbirds (especially during the mid-May migratory peak)
- Woodchucks, muskrats, beavers
Where to Watch
- Wetland, forest
- Hunting and fishing
- Picnic pavilions, playgrounds and playing fields
- Swimming in the falls plunge pool
- Cabins and tent sites available
This Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has accessible features that include fishing, camping, scenic views, a beach, picnic pavilions and recreation programs. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.
See Google Maps for step by step directions to Buttermilk Falls (This link will open a page outside of the DEC website. Hold "Shift" down while clicking on the link to open it in a new window)
Address: 112 East Buttermilk Falls Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone: (607) 273-5761
Website: Buttermilk State Park (This link leaves DEC's website)
Photo Credits: John Rozell, Susan Shafer, John Rozell