Cascadilla Gorge Natural Area

Total distance: 1.32 miles

Difficulty level(s): easy, moderate, difficult

The iconic Cornell Botanic Gardens Cascadilla Gorge Trail connects downtown Ithaca with the Cornell Campus among one of the most picturesque gorges in the Finger Lakes Region and was voted Ithaca's favorite gorge. Ascending over 400 feet, this historic set of stone trails and staircases was originally constructed in the late 1920's, and takes visitors through the gorge formed from ancient bedrock and past six waterfalls. At a leisurely pace, this 1/3-mile section of the trail takes less than an hour from the Treman Triangle Park in downtown to the upper entrance by the College Avenue Stone Arch Bridge. In Collegetown, the trail crosses College Avenue and the Goldwin Smith Walk continues to follow Cascadilla Creek for another half mile through a flat, wooded area that leads to two footbridges over scenic waterfalls. The lower gorge from Linn St to College Ave is closed during the winter months, but the gorge above College Ave is open year round.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 42.44300079
Longitude: -76.48069763

Parking Locations

Multiple parking options may be specific to certain trails within this site.

Bus Stops

Trail Attributes

  • Good for Hiking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Unique Wildlife Viewing

More Info

Part of interconnected trail system: No

Trail Surface: Gravel/Stone Dust, Pavement

Trail Markers: none

This trail contains a loop.

Use of firearms for deer hunting is not allowed. Bow hunting may be allowed. BE SAFE: See the specific trail owner/steward’s website for the most up to date details

This trail is open year round.

Visit the Trail Owners/Stewards