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Parks & nature in Ithaca

Park
“Fabulous state park for hiking and just enjoying nature. Amazing waterfalls!”
47local recommendations
Park
“(Formerly Cornell Plantations) Beautiful gardens for a leisurely stroll. The herb garden and the wildflower garden make a nice afternoon.”
37local recommendations
Trail
“Grab lunch at the Ithaca Bakery in Collegetown, then head down the Cascadilla Gorge Trail and eat you lunch under a waterfall. It's hard to believe you can leave Cornell and step into a completely different world so quickly. If you hike down you can treat yourself to the Argos Inn for a drink or meal downtown then hike back up Cascadilla Park Road - one of the curviest roads in the country, and packed with adorable homes like it's hobbit hill. ”
23local recommendations
Waterfall
“ A short trail leads up to the falls, but you can't or don't want to walk, you can also view the falls from the bridge on Lake Street.”
13local recommendations
Skating Rink
“Enjoy this park with the marina nearby, this park offers one of the most beautiful trails in the City of Ithaca! ”
20local recommendations
Trail
“This trail is relatively low impact, close to everything, and STUNNINGLY beautiful. Multiple tiers of waterfalls are visible from a beautifully constructed stonework walking trail. I 100% recommend! ”
11local recommendations
Dog Run
“Cascadilla Gorge trail connects Cornell campus to downtown Ithaca. Carving through layers of shale and sandstone with multiple waterfalls. Entrance to park is on corner of Court and Linn Streets.”
8local recommendations
Park
“Playground and vintage carousel right on Cayuga Lake. Biking paths, small boat launch, great place to pack a picnic and watch the sunset”
12local recommendations
Park
“Ithaca Children's Garden is just down the road from us and a wonderful, exploratory playground to take your children to! They will love is, ours sure do! ”
16local recommendations
Park
“Sweet creek scenes, and easy, flat terrain. Happy place to walk or maybe even get your feet wet if you're adventurous... ”
5local recommendations
Park
“Two blocks from house. Easy walking trail on inlet, playground, public pool, public ice rink. ”
6local recommendations
Park
“This place boasts one of the largest inland marinas in NY State. Probably because Cayuga Lake is the 3rd largest inland lake in NY, behind just Oneida (1) and Seneca (2).”
4local recommendations
Park
“Enjoy the breezes and views of Cayuga Lake. Nice urban park with playgrounds and a carousel in summer. ”
4local recommendations
Trail
“Might be closed in the winter... That doesn't stop some people, but use your best judgement.”
2local recommendations
Park
“Beautifully curated gardens, a lovely arboretum, lots of exciting plants and trails. ”
1local recommendations
Park
“This is my secret spot to watch the sunset here in Ithaca. During summer, it's a real must-see. ”
1local recommendations