Upstate New York is known for its beautiful landscape of rolling hills, forests, waterfalls, and gorges. Only 10 minutes from Ithaca, Robert H. Treman State Park is the perfect destination to experience all of this and more. Join us for a hike as we explore the park!
Robert H. Treman State Park
Enfield Falls Mill and Miller’s House
Start your day at the Upper Park Entrance. The fee is $8 per car to enter (although it seems that if you get there early enough you don’t have to pay). There is plenty of parking available at 9am. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and water!
At the start of the parking lot, you’ll find the Enfield Falls Mill and Miller’s House. The Mill was constructed in 1839 along Enfield Creek and operated until 1917. All three floors showing the workings of the mill are open to the public. It’s worth a look inside and doesn’t take much time.
Hiking the Gorge Trail
On the other end of the parking lot the trail begins. There’s a quick split to the Gorge Trail or the Rim Trail. We’ll start with the Gorge Trail. The trail is 2.25 miles long (4.5 miles round trip) and follows the creek past gorges and waterfalls. It’s rated as moderately difficult. There are many hills and stairs to climb along the way.
The first section of the hike is my favorite. You’ll immediately find yourself in a narrow passageway with stone walls around you and the creek flowing beneath. There’s a beautiful arched pathway that crosses to the other side of the creek before the first waterfall. It’s cool and shaded in the morning hours.
From there the trail opens up a bit as it follows the gorge past Lucifer Falls. There are sign posts that will indicate how far you’ve come and how much further to the end of the trail. Towards the second half of the trail, you’ll find yourself up in the woods and farther away from the creek.
Swimming at the Lower Falls
At the end of the trail, take a right through the parking lot to the Lower Falls. In addition to a cool waterfall, there’s a fun swimming hole right beneath the falls. The swimming season starts at the end of June and goes through Labor Day. You can only swim when life guards are present from 11am-7pm, daily. The water is cold, but take a refreshing dip – you’re halfway through the hike!
Hiking the Rim Trail
To get a different perspective on the way back, find the Rim Trail on the west side of the cabins. This trail doesn’t have great views of the waterfalls, but it does meet back up with the Gorge Trail right before Lucifer Falls. You can take the bridge back to the Gorge Trail or continue on the Rim Trail back to the parking lot.
Refueling after a challenging hike is just as important as being active. 😉 We’d highly recommend a stop at the nearby Ithaca Beer Co. Try a flight of beer, wood-fired pizzas, or the delicious brownie sundae. They have a great beer garden if the weather is nice as well! Congratulate yourself on a great hike!