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Five NY State Parks in One Weekend: Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls and Robert H. Treman State Parks

On the second day of our Finger Lakes Region weekend getaway (June 27th), we went in search of NY State Park waterfalls. We made good use of our New York State Empire Passport, as we entered three NY State Parks, all located near Ithaca, NY.

The first park we entered was Buttermilk Falls State Park, where we saw the waterfall for which the park is named.

Buttermilk Falls

The waterfall was conveniently located near the park entrance. There is a trail alongside the right side of the waterfall; however, it was closed.  There is a swimming beach at the base of the waterfall.  The beach was closed during our visit.  This was our first time to see this waterfall.  I hope that we have the opportunity to see it again.

The second park we entered was Taughannock Falls State Park. We entered the park on the Cayuga Lake side, where we enjoyed an expansive view of the lake and boats docked at the marina.

From this park entrance, we drove a short distance to Falls Overlook, where we enjoyed a lofty view of Taughannock Falls.

Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge.

From Falls Overlook we returned to Cayuga Lake and entered Taughannock Falls at the entrance on the other side of the road.  We walked the short distance to the lower Taughannock Falls.

Lower Taughannock Falls

Lower Taughannock Falls

We chose not to walk the ¾ mile trail to the 215-foot Taughannock Falls that we viewed from Falls Overlook, as a steady rain had developed by now. We visited Taughannock Falls one time before in July 2002, with our niece Emily.  During that visit, we did walk to the base of the larger waterfall.  I hope that we have the opportunity to walk the trail sometime this year.

The third park we entered was Robert H. Treman State Park.

It was a short walk along a tree-lined path to Treman Falls.

There was a swimming beach at the base of Treman Falls.
This beach was open.
We saw a sign that said the water temperature was 60 degrees.

This was the most unique swimming beach we had ever seen.  The swimming beach was located at the base of a beautiful waterfall AND there was a diving board at the deep end!

We had a steady rain all day, lighter in the early morning hours and heavier later in the morning and afternoon hours. We didn’t allow the rain to interfere with our plans. What a great day we had!

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