Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls State Park


A spur of the Finger Lakes Trail will lead you to ever-beautiful Buttermilk State Park, filled with cascading waterfalls and ample multi-season opportunities for exploring its varying landscapes.

While Buttermilk Falls State Park deviates from the main Finger Lakes Trail, its beauty and camping amenities are well worth the side trip for thru-hikers and end-to-enders.

Just a little under two miles after leaving Robert H. Treman State Park, hikers will find a junction marked with orange blazes leading toward the park along the Buttermilk Park Spur.

Following the trail to the southern end of Treman Lake, the spur will meet the Treman Lake Trail. Here, hikers can proceed north around Lake Treman to Bear Trail, which will intersect with Buttermilk’s Gorge Trail and Rim trail.

Along the Gorge and Rim trails, hikers will ascend nearly 600 feet to the top of the gorge with Buttermilk Creek flowing below, offering views of several of the park’s waterfalls including its namesake, Buttermilk Falls.

Trail Map

Our Finger Lakes Trail map M17 provides detailed information concerning the trail as it passes near Buttermilk Falls State Park and beyond. Map M17 is available as a digital download you can use on your smartphone and/or is available in a paper version which we will mail to you.

Finger Lakes Trail map M17 can be purchased by visiting our interactive map and selecting trail map M17. Proceeds from the map sale goes toward the ongoing administration of the entire 950 plus miles of the Finger Lakes Trail.

For use on your smartphone, you’ll need to install the Avenza App.

Sample Map – Shown below is a section of Finger Lakes Trail map M17 which shows the trail as it passes near Buttermilk Falls. Purchase the full map by clicking on map image below.

Buttermilk Falls State Park Finger Lakes Trail Map Example


4.1 miles off of the main trail, the Buttermilk Falls State Park Campground offers a variety of amenities to visiting hikers. Nearby, a refreshing swim at the Buttermilk Fall’s stream-fed swimming pool is a popular spot for cooling off during warmer months.

For camping reservations, visit the Buttermilk Falls State Park website or call 607-273-5761 for more information.


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Fast Fact

Buttermilk Falls gets its name from the frothy, foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake.