Just south of Ithaca, New York, Buttermilk Falls State Park has over 800 acres of outdoor recreation area. Named for the frothy creek waters that flow down the steep valley toward Cayuga Lake, Buttermilk Falls State Park has a small lake, natural pools, woodland areas, and is adjacent to Larch Meadows, a wetland area.
For visitors interested in staying the night, Buttermilk Falls State Park offers campsites for tents or trailers, as well as cabins. Sites offer grills, picnic tables, and the park has a playground and showers available. On the water, guests can enjoy the swimming beach or go fishing.
There are several different trails to explore in the park, which offer varying views of or access to the creek, lakes, and pools, or some of the ten waterfalls present in the park. If you hike with your dog, bring plenty of water for yourself and your pet. Don’t forget to take waste bags with you and clean up after your pet.
Dogs are permitted in Buttermilk Falls State Park, but they must be kept on a leash no greater than six feet in length or inside a cage or crate at all times. Some campsites do not allow dogs. Be aware of park rules where dogs may be prohibited.
Make sure you have current proof of rabies vaccine and never bring unvaccinated puppies, females in heat, dogs with aggressive tendencies, or dogs who may bark excessively. Be respectful of posted rules and of other park guests.
Buttermilk Falls State Park is open year-round. A vehicle entry fee of $8 is collected mid-April to mid-October. Camping season is open during summer months. See the park’s website or contact the park office for specific dates, reservations, and current rates.
If you happen to be near Ithaca or Syracuse, New York, consider stopping by Buttermilk Falls State Park. You will most likely find something to enjoy for every member of your family, even furry companions.