Tonight's destination is a portion of the eastern section of the Cayuga Trail along with an unnamed, unofficial trail which takes us downstream along Fall Creek, and then through a part of the golf course and past the equestrian center.
The Cayuga Trail was cut by Cayuga Trails Club in 1964. It has been lengthened, improved and rerouted many times with bridges and stairs since then. Today, the trail is a result of a productive collaboration among the club, Cornell Botannic Gardens staff, and a number of campus groups.
We will hike over the Stevens Suspension Bridge, take a left and head up on the unofficial trail, which is not a part of the the Cayuga Trail. After we wander along it for a half mile, we'll be back on the Cayuga Trail and headed towards the dramatic eroding cliffs overlooking Fall Creek. This is an out-and-back hike; at about the 90 minute mark, we will stop and retrace our steps.
Starting and endpoint is Flat Rock, located on Forest Home Drive across the road from the Cornell Botannic Gardens plant production buildings and near the entrance to the Newman Arboretum. From Ithaca, take Route 366 east. Pass Judd Falls Rd. and the Vet College. The next left is Caldwell Road. Turn left on Caldwell Road and go 0.4 mile. At the second stop sign, you will be at the intersection of Forest Home Drive and Caldwell Road. Turn right and travel about 0.5 miles on Forest Home Drive to the Flat Rock parking area on left, across the road from the Arboretum buildings. Look for cars and hikers gathering.
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