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Outdoor Recreation in Ithaca

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Perfect running trails. Breathtaking waterfalls. Beautiful shores. Unforgettable memories. Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant throughout Ithaca and Tompkins County. Find peaceful shores to enjoy an afternoon picnic beside, biking trails through incredible forests, and hiking trails that lead you to the base of unbelievable waterfalls. Ithaca may be a mini-city in the southern tip of the Finger Lakes, but you can always enjoy some outdoor adventure to get you back in touch with nature.

All four NY State Parks in Tompkins County are open. Please take note of the safety protocols provided here: parks.ny.gov/covid19

  • Taghannock Falls State Park updates
  • Robert H.Treman State Park updates
  • Buttermilk Falls State Park updates
  • Swimming is now CLOSED for the 2021 season at all area State Parks. 
  • Some State Park bathrooms are open with every other stall/sink roped off for non-use to comply with social distancing. Restrooms will be closed for sanitizing several times a day. 

Trail updates:

  • For the safety of all, please do not step off the designated trails.
  • Cascadilla Gorge Trail will partially close in the winter season

Virtual Experiences

  • Bog walk with Flock Finger Lakes
  • Cider Apple Foraging with Flock Finger Lakes and South Hill Cider

Whether you want to launch your kayak into Cayuga Lake, follow a path through the trees, or play a round of golf on one of the beautiful greens, Ithaca won’t disappoint. Make your vacation here all about the outdoors and choose one of the many Ithaca camping options available to take it all in from sun up to sun down!

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Discover the Trails of Ithaca

Explore the many multi-use trails throughout Ithaca & Tompkins County at IthacaTrails.org and plan your next outdoor recreation adventure. Find info about locations, difficulty, mileage, and more!

Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge

Known for waterfalls and gorges views, the Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge is your guide to exploring some of the area’s most notable natural assets. For avid adventurers or new outdoor enthusiasts, this passport will enhance your visit and allow you to earn prizes while you keep track of where you have gone. 

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