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Location and Overview

Buttermilk Falls State Park is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, near Ithaca at the south end of Cayuga Lake. Its primary draw is the natural beauty of its cascading waterfalls, including the titular Buttermilk Falls, which plunge down a rocky gorge creating a series of pools and waterways.

Camping Facilities

The park offers a range of camping facilities, which typically include:

  • Tent and Trailer Sites: These sites can accommodate both tents and RVs/trailers, and many have electrical hookups.
  • Cabin Rentals: For those looking for a more solid shelter, rustic cabins are often available for rental.
  • Amenities: Many sites come with amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and nearby restroom facilities with showers.


Buttermilk Falls State Park is known for its:

  • Hiking: There are trails along the gorge and rim that provide stunning views and access to the park's natural features.
  • Swimming: A natural pool at the base of Buttermilk Falls is a popular spot in the summertime (swimming is dependent on water quality and is typically monitored during open season).
  • Fishing: Visitors can fish in Buttermilk Creek, with the proper New York State fishing license.
  • Picnicking: Several areas are equipped with picnic tables and grills for day use.

Rules and Regulations

  • Quiet Hours: Enforce quiet times, typically from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol consumption may have restrictions; check the local regulations.
  • Pets: Are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control; some areas may be off-limits to pets.
  • Fires: Only in designated fire pits or grills; firewood importation rules are in place to prevent the spread of invasive insects.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Highly recommended, especially during peak season, and can often be made online or by phone.
  • Fees: There are fees for camping, cabin rentals, and sometimes day use fees for parking. Check current rates as they can change year-to-year.

Weather and Seasonal Considerations

  • Season: The park is open year-round, but camping facilities may be limited in the off-season.
  • Weather: The weather in upstate New York can be unpredictable, and campers should come prepared for rain and cooler temperatures, especially in the spring and fall.


Facilities will vary in terms of accessibility. Visitors with disabilities should check ahead of time with park management to understand the level of accessibility of camping facilities, trails, and other amenities.

Contact Information

Before heading to Buttermilk Falls State Park, you should contact the park directly or visit their website for the most current information regarding conditions, open/closed status of campgrounds and facilities, fees, and any other important information.

  • Phone: The contact number for the park will provide access to park representatives for up-to-date information.
  • Online: The New York State Parks website or the Buttermilk Falls State Park-specific page often has comprehensive details regarding camping and other activities.

By understanding these critical pieces of information, you'll be better prepared to enjoy a relaxing and safe camping trip to Buttermilk Falls State Park. Always remember to follow Leave No Trace principles to maintain the pristine nature of the park for future visitors.

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