Perfect running trails. Breathtaking waterfalls. Beautiful shores. Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant throughout Ithaca with 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.
Points of Interest
Popular among families for its lifeguarded swim area, the Lower Falls at Robert Treman State Park is the most visible of the park’s dozen waterfalls. To truly experience the park, hike any of the trails that parallel Enfield Creek as it plunges almost 500ft through 3.5km Enfield Glen.
Take in breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake, Cornell University, and some of the nation's best waterfalls as you float peacefully in the skies from a hot air balloon! Southern Tier Balloon Tours offers daily rides in the Finger Lakes region twice a day, every day: mornings just after sunrise, and evenings a couple hours prior to sunset -- weather permitting.
The Black Diamond Trail is a 13.67-kilometer stone-dust path along the upland slopes of Cayuga Lake makes for an enjoyable family-oriented walk, bike, or even cross-country skiing opportunity from the city limits of Ithaca to the 215 foot waterfall, Taughannock Falls.