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Buttermilk Falls State Park

Ithaca, Tompkins Co.

image of the falls, a turkey, and hikers on a trail

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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

Where to Watch

  • Gorge
  • Stream
  • Potholes
  • Wetland, forest

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Picnic pavilions, playgrounds and playing fields
  • Swimming in the falls plunge pool
  • Cabins and tent sites available

Accessible Features

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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.


751 acres

Closest Town



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)

Contact Information

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