My friends and I love to go hiking and take road trips at least once a year. This year, we decided to do both and go hiking near Ithaca and the Finger Lakes territory, in upstate New York.
To give you an idea on how far that is from NYC.
It’s a 4-5 hour drive up so it’s a decent road trip.
Apparently a lot of the state parks in the Finger Lakes territory are known for their waterfalls. Some of the places even let you swim underneath them! Of course, my friends and I decided to chase waterfalls and not so much strenuous hiking. The places we decided to go are Watkins Glen State Park, Buttermilk State Park, and Enfield State Park. All of these state parks have areas where you can go camping and other trails to hike through, but these three are enough for a fun weekend trip.
Now keep in mind these waterfalls are nothing compared to Niagara, but it’s still picturesque and you get a nice stroll out of it. At Watkins Glen State Park, there are several trails to walk along to check out the falls. The ideal route according to many reviewers is to go through the Gorge Trail first so you see all of the waterfalls then head towards the Indian Trail going back so you can head back to your car faster. I wholeheartedly agree with those reviewers!
Even though the hike itself is really easy with over a mile each way, the entire walk took us 3 hours. With all of the waterfalls/gorges there, we had to stop every 2 minutes to take pictures or at least wait for others to finish taking their photos. At the end of that trail, we took a quick bathroom break then went through the Indian trail to get back to our car.
Here are some of the sights there:
Now at Buttermilk State Park, the biggest waterfall is right by the parking lot so you don’t even have to go hiking if that’s the only thing you wanted to see. However, there is a small trail to the right side of the falls that leads to bigger trails. Along the trail, you will see smaller gorges and the view of the falls from the top.
Last, but not least is the Enfield State Park. This park didn’t have a trail at all, but is known for their swimming area right by the waterfall. There is even a lifeguard on duty! When I went, the weather was rainy and it was too cold for anyone to swim; however, it was still nice to take in the beauty of the falls.
Aren’t these waterfalls Gorge-ous?
Okay, I’ll let myself out.