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Lick Brook Hike: A Waterfall Adventure in Ithaca

Tuesday 07/16/2024 4:00 pm

Hike rating:

Length - 4 miles

Pace - Moderate

Terrain - Difficult

Event/Trailhead location:

Finger Lakes Land Trust Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook, Upper Entrance on Townline Road near Sandbank Road in Ithaca (click here for map).

Hike Leader:
Kyra Stephanoff


Hike leader contact information will be sent in the email acknowledging that you have registered for this hike. 

Hike Details:

Lick Brook offers a scenic hike through a gorge filled with cascading waterfalls. Managed by the Finger Lakes Land Trust, this preserve provides a glimpse into the region’s geological history and diverse ecology.


  • Waterfalls: The star attraction of the hike is undoubtedly the waterfalls. The cascading waters and the cool mist they create provide a refreshing escape, especially on a hot summer day.

  • Gorge Scenery: The hike takes you along the rim of a dramatic gorge, carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. The towering cliffs and lush vegetation create a beautiful natural setting.

  • Wildflowers: In spring, the forest floor comes alive with a vibrant display of wildflowers.

Things to Consider:

  • Steep Terrain: Be aware that the hike, particularly the loop option, involves some steep climbs and descents. Walking sticks can be helpful for added stability.
  • Mud: The trail can get muddy after rain, so be sure to wear proper footwear with good traction.

This hike consists of two loops.  The first loop is on the Lick Brook Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail; the terrain here is very steep and challenging.  The direction of travel on this loop will be decided at the start of the hike.  The second loop, east of Townline Road, is on easy terrain.  Expect a rewarding hike for those who enjoy a challenge and a beautiful natural environment. The cascading waterfalls and diverse plant life make this a popular destination for hikers of all experience levels.

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