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Falls View-able & Hike-able For Kids

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Falls View-able & Hike-able For Kids

Howdy! A lot of searching hasn't yielded a lot of info on which trails along falls/gorges are suitable for five kids (ages 3-8), Any help? We're not looking for a hike per se (and certainly aren't experienced hikers), just a nice, safe and relatively short walk to see falls and gorges.

Are we best off to just wander onto some of the bridges (Lake St.? Stewart Ave.?)? Or are there better options away from traffic? Note, this would be mid/late November, so places that are less likely to be icy or otherwise treacherous are best.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Falls View-able & Hike-able For Kids

The trail along the creek to Taughannock Falls (located at the state park of the same name) is a great option.

Also, the lower falls at Buttermilk Falls state park and Ithaca Falls (near Cornell) are easily accessible (both can be seen from the road).

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2. Re: Falls View-able & Hike-able For Kids

I agree with the previous poster, Taughannock & buttermilk are both options. There is also Treman state park. If you want to view some gorges and see a beautiful Ivy league campus, come to Cornell on the weekend. There are gorges to walk through, and you can also checkout out some classic architecture.

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3. Re: Falls View-able & Hike-able For Kids

If you are interested in Treman in November, the lower part of the part has a waterfall at the end of the path to the swimming area (it is obvious where to enter). The gorge itself will probably not be accessible unless you want to hike on the rim trail from the upper entrance, which is not flat and instantly accessible, though it is doable as it is about 0.5 miles to the overlook.

Edited: 05 February 2015, 12:06
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