The Cascadilla Gorge Trail & More Hikes Near Ithaca

Cascadilla Gorge Trail and more great hikes in Ithaca near our Finger Lakes lodging

The Cascadilla Gorge Trail connects downtown Ithaca to the iconic Cornell campus, serving as a natural corridor through the ancient gorge of bedrock by six waterfalls along the Cascadilla Creek. This trail is a stunning example of the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. The Cascadilla Gorge Trail is a relatively short route at 1.3 miles but immensely rewarding and one of the best things to do during your trip to Ithaca. The trail is managed by Cornell Botanic Gardens— another must-visit stop to add to your itinerary.

Walking the trail, you’ll encounter several picturesque waterfalls offering unique views and a beautiful natural soundtrack of rushing waters. You will experience some dramatic elevation changes on the trail and have to climb stone stairs carved into the gorge in some sections. The trail has undergone significant restoration to improve safety and accessibility, making it a popular choice for both locals and tourists. Depending on weather conditions, it is typically open from early spring to late fall, as ice can make the gorge too dangerous in winter.

The Cascadilla Gorge Trail is just one of the great hikes near Ithaca that you can explore! If you’re planning a multiple-night getaway to the Finger Lakes area, our romantic bed and breakfast in the charming village of Trumansburg, NY, is one of the best places to stay. Inn at Gothic Eves is a relaxing oasis for spa retreats and restful romantic rendezvous. Our six guest rooms are tailored for couples and solo travelers hoping to refresh and enjoy the best that the Finger Lakes region has to offer. Book your lodging today! 

Cascadilla Gorge Trail and more hikes near Ithaca in the Finger Lakes

Check out the Cascadilla Gorge Trail & More Hikes near Ithaca, NY

Ithaca is often regarded as a haven for nature lovers, and for good reason. The area has a great selection of state parks filled with trail options ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes, offering extensive natural beauty. The ancient rocky gorges, cascading waterfalls, miles of lakefront, and lush forests set the perfect tone for a romantic getaway focused on exploring the outdoors together. 

Here are the best hikes near Ithaca to check out on your next visit: 

  1. Cascadilla Gorge Trail: For those hoping to visit the Cornell Botanic Gardens, this is one of the hikes in Ithaca, known as a connective corridor running from downtown to Cornell University. You’ll find stunning waterfalls, streams, ancient cliffs, stonework bridges, staircases, and lush flora.
  2. Ithaca Falls Trail: This is a very short and easy excursion to see this stunning waterfall that stands out due to its proximity to a downtown urban area. 
  3. Buttermilk Falls Gorge and Rim Trail Loop: This popular state park is split into an upper and lower level. This rim trail is in the wooded area of the upper area, just under one and a half miles, and is considered moderately challenging with some lovely natural features. 
  4. Six Mile Creek Trail: The Six Mile Creek Gorge is a diverse ecological area comprising streams, gorges, waterfalls, marshland, forests, and meadows. The trail will take you through all of the above, and it’s an excellent place for birdwatching. 
  5. Trails at Robert Treman State Park: This popular state park near Ithaca is a fantastic place to really break a sweat on the winding paths that follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls. Be sure to allow some time to relax by the  115-foot Lucifer Falls, where visitors can see a mile-and-a-half down the wooded gorge as it winds its way to the lower park. 

While the Cascadilla Gorge Trail is a must on any visit to this area, one of the best hikes you’ll have to try as a guest at our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast is at Taughannock Falls State Park. This stunning waterfall is other-worldly and a romantic place to spend the day. Read more about the Finger Lake waterfalls here

Cascadilla Gorge Trail and more hikes near Ithaca, NY, and our bed and breakfast in the Finger Lakes, photo of one of our spa-like en suite bathrooms

Our Elegant Bed and Breakfast in the Finger Lakes

Whether you head out to explore the Cascadilla Gorge Trail or the other hikes near Ithaca, you’ll love returning to our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast after working those muscles and getting your steps in. You’ll be nicely worn out and ready to relax in our outdoor hot tubs, your in-room jacuzzi tub or steam shower, or at the spa! Making an appointment for a massage, sauna session, or energy healing service at the Spa at Gothic Eves is the ultimate way to relax during your stay. 

After rejuvenating with our talented spa professionals, you’ll be ready to retreat to your guest room for a quiet night in—perhaps with some lovely wine from a nearby Finger Lakes winery, cozy by the fire, or with your favorite movie on. All of our rooms are equipped with the finest amenities for a restful stay, including fluffy towels and robes, lush linens, and all the modern technologies for a comfortable stay. 

Each morning, we’ll treat you to a lovely farm-to-table breakfast with creative dishes with seasonal and local, organic ingredients whenever possible. Our elegant dining room sets the perfect tone to start your day, and you’ll be fueled up and ready to take on the Cascadilla Gorge Trail or the other adventurous hikes near Ithaca. Book your lodging today! You can also find out more about the experience at our Inn by following us on our social media channels: Facebook & Instagram

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