Buttermilk Falls


Buttermilk Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located in Ithaca, New York. The waterfall has a total height of 165 feet and it drops over two equal segments. The falls can be found along Buttermilk Creek. The creek flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although it is very fun to visit during the spring when the greatest amount of water is flowing, Buttermilk Falls is a great spot to visit year-round.

The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of cascades. At the base of the falls is a large and deep pool. Swimming is allowed during the summer when a lifeguard is on duty. 

Accessing the waterfall is extremely easy. The waterfall is located in the Buttermilk Falls State Park which features a well-marked and well-maintained trail system. The falls themselves can be seen right from the road. Visitors seeking a closer look can park and walk to the base. Additionally, there is a wonderful trail which follows Buttermilk Creek and allows visitors to see over a dozen beautiful waterfalls.

Buttermilk Falls is truly one of the greatest waterfalls in the state of New York. It is extremely family-friendly and a popular spot for photographers too. Additionally, dogs are welcome at the falls and on the trails.

At 165 feet, Buttermilk Falls is one of the Tallest Waterfalls In New York State!


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 165 feet over two equal segments¬†
  • Type: Cascades
  • Water source: Buttermilk Creek¬†
  • Swimming: Swimming is allowed during the summer and there is a lifeguard on duty. No swimming is allowed in the off-season without the lifeguard.

Buttermilk Falls Location

  • Park: Buttermilk Falls State Park
  • Address: 112 E Buttermilk Falls Road
  • Town: Ithaca
  • State: New York
  • GPS: Lat 42.4163223 Lng -76.5211238
  • Parking Notes: There is a large parking lot located after entering through the Lower Park Entrance.¬†
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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