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Owl Creek Trail & Beyond at Buttermilk Falls State Park

Saturday 03/26/2022 10:00 am

Hike rating:

Distance – 5 miles; Terrain – Moderate/Difficult; Pace – Moderate; Overall rating – Moderate

Event/Trailhead location:

Lower Buttermilk Falls parking lot https:(click for map).

Hike Leader:
David Priester


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

Hike Details:


Buttermilk Falls State Park is deservedly famous for its spectacular falls and steep canyon that can be viewed from the Gorge Trail.  Much lesser known is a lovely creek and ravine to the north, which can be viewed from the Owl Creek Trail and yet another ravine which will be viewed with an interesting water diversion structure.

On this hike, we explore both the Owl Creek Trail and other parts of the Park that we rarely see.  Our outing will include a loop through the Ithaca College Natural Lands between Stone Quarry Road and Rt. 96B and a section of the Chainworks Rail-trail that runs from the old Emerson plant to the Lower Buttermilk parking area.

This hike is expected to be around 5 miles, with some long up hill sections, areas with poor footing, poorly marked trails and some off trail bushwacking.  With the latter in mind it will be essential that this group stay together as the route cannot be intuitively followed. 

Wear warm, layered clothing, bring traction footwear and hiking poles, and carry lunch/snacks and water.


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