Our first State Park stop while in New York Saturday was Buttermilk Falls, near Ithaca.
I didn't have a tripod with, so I did my best at free handing things and getting dirty, crouched down over rocks & ledges to capture the falls. I also had on my cheapest, oldest, and most scratched up old kit lens. (I am so relieved to find that some photos turned out.)
We enjoyed a 1.5 mile walk through the Gorge Trail, following the Buttermilk Creek upward as it's cascades drop about 500 feet.
It was beautiful! Enchanting, even.
Buttermilk Falls is part of the Finger Lakes Region, near Cayuga Lake (one of the deepest lakes in America.) Gigantic glaciers carved this landscape of long, deep cutting lakes, waterfalls, streams & pastoral land over thousands of years.
In 1924, Robert and Laura Treman donated 154 acres in Buttermilk Glen to the Sate of New York for a state park, since then the park has grown to 792 acres.
We lucked out that our quick trip fell when Upstate New York was full of spring blossoms & blooms. Lilac, apple and dogwood trees were flowering everywhere we went.
Many of their woodland wildflowers are the same as here in northern MN. We saw wild honeysuckle clinging to the rocks, trillium growing under the trees, as well as a few New Yorkers that I've never seen before.
I loved the perfectly circular pools carved out by nature here & there.
And we found it awesome that you can just keep walking for a mile, with more cascades around every turn.
Next stop, the tallest vertical waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains,