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The Magnificient Picturesque Falls Of Upstate New York

Updated on September 28, 2015

Upper Buttermilk Falls

The beauty of  Upper Buttermilk Falls.
The beauty of Upper Buttermilk Falls. | Source

The rapid flowing clear waters of the spectacular Buttermilk Falls earns its name from the frothing cascade building by falls as it drifts down the inclined valley side approaching the Cayuga Lake. The upper portion of the picturesque park has a small serene lake, ideal hiking trails among the timberlands and adjacent to the gorge and the bank, serene picnic areas and exceptional sport playing fields. The lower park section has a well-cared for welcoming campground, crystal blue water pool, and additional playing fields, outside is Larch Meadows, Larch Meadows is a locale of marshes among which a spectacular nature trail with twists and turns. The park abounds with things to do and see, tours are offered through the Buttermilk gorge which are available weekly but limited to certain months of the year beginning July 4th and ending on Labor Day for the season.

A very unique, fascinating fun bit of information that you may or might not know about the Buttermilk Falls region, this magnificent park is home to a very rare Gray Pataltail Dragonfly. Okay so you might hesitate and wonder why that is unique and rare, but this particular species of dragonfly flew with the dinosaurs. The Gray Pataltail Dragonfly is the only northeastern dragonfly variety whose larvae may not be positively aquatic. The larvae dwell in the mud and greenery of slimy, swampy spring steeps which often consist of very minor traces of standing water.

Ithaca Falls

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You will love the experience of the breathtaking Ithaca Falls. The falls is one of the best places to visit and take some time to linger for a bite to eat or just sit relaxing and taking it all the beauty of the surroundings. Ithaca falls is a remarkable 150 feet of downward rapidly gushing water flow over the rocks. It is mesmerizing to view the Fall’s creeks last descend into to Cayuga Lake. Swimming is not allowed, but you can bring your dogs to walk but they need to be on a leash. There is no fee.

Some interesting and fun facts, Ithaca falls is 175 feet wide. This one particular water falls is without a doubt the most mighty and most majestic. By the year 1817 there were 6 mills operating here, their dilapidated remains are still visible on the south bank today. The submerging pool is legendary among the fishermen for lake-run trout and salmon. There are complaisant walking trails with some of the most spectacular viewpoints from the bridge overlooking Lake Street or the accessible trail adjoining to the creek. This footpath is open to the public during all seasons. One fun and unique phenomenon is about the Ithaca Falls region and hard to fathom, but there are over 150 waterfalls within an area of ten square miles.

Chittenango Falls

Chittenango Falls named Spring run off. This stunning waterfall is well-known for its 167 foot drop. It is the main eye-catching point of this popular state park. The submerging pool is legendary to the devote fisherman who come each year for trout.
Chittenango Falls named Spring run off. This stunning waterfall is well-known for its 167 foot drop. It is the main eye-catching point of this popular state park. The submerging pool is legendary to the devote fisherman who come each year for trout. | Source

Chittenango Falls, located in upstate New York near the Village Of Chittenango. It meanders through the nature carved canyon known Chittenango Creek. Primarily known for it beautiful trails within the State Park.

NY Route 13 parallels the creek bed from the village along some of the most sought out motorcycle rides known for its many curves ending in the picturesque Village of Cazenovia, NY.

Hector Falls

Hector Falls is roadside fall and not difficult to stop and visit.  As well the layover here is ideal. You can easily walk on the bridge so that you can observe the exceptional beauty of the shimmering waters gushing to the bottom. Two drops.
Hector Falls is roadside fall and not difficult to stop and visit. As well the layover here is ideal. You can easily walk on the bridge so that you can observe the exceptional beauty of the shimmering waters gushing to the bottom. Two drops. | Source

Hector Falls is a roadside fall and not difficult to stop to see and spend some time there. This makes for an ideal layover halfway of Watkins Glen being a convenient few minutes distance from and Tauchannock Falls. A wooden bridge intersects directly in front of Hector Falls. Parking is allowed past the bridge. You can easily and walking is permitted on the bridge so that you can view the falls, however, caution is advised. There is an amble flow of heavy traffic on the road, and vehicles pass by at high speeds down a hill and encompassing a bend prior to reaching the bridge. There are two essential drops to Hector Falls. The first plummet is easily seen from the bridge and is approximately a stunning 50 feet high. It is possible to climb below to the bottom of Hector Falls on the east side of the overpass. The other plunge is located on the west side of the bridge which is on personal property.

Pixley Falls

Pixley Falls the perfect place to visit and have a day away escape. The charming 50 foot waterfall, a photographer's dream, nature path has twists throughout the woodland.
Pixley Falls the perfect place to visit and have a day away escape. The charming 50 foot waterfall, a photographer's dream, nature path has twists throughout the woodland. | Source

Pixley Falls State Park’s foremost appeal is the spectacular 50 foot waterfall which is located nearby the plush blanket of green grassy picnic area. This photographic park’s another distinct characteristic is the sloping lumbering hills and a serene mountain creek. An available nature path has twists throughout the woodland and beyond Pixley Falls. The park has several accessible miles of streams abundant with trout.

Upper Buttermilk Falls Video

Upper Buttermilk Falls

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      Linda Robinson 21 months ago from Cicero, New York

      A million thanks Val, happy hubbing and saw you just wrote a new hub, I will read that today, take care. Enjoy the rest of your day. :) And thank you so much for all your good wishes.

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      Vladimir Karas 21 months ago from Canada

      Happy (early) Anniversary, Linda, and enjoy your stay at that natural miracle of Niagara Falls. Looking forward to reading that hub and seeing the photos.

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      Linda Robinson 21 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Good morning and thank you so much Val. Always value your opinion. But yes, I completely agree the waterfalls are one of nature's absolutely most beautiful things. Just visiting them surrounded by so much beauty and the soothing sounds, a walk and a visit to one of these, it never fails you just feel the stress of the day leave. Enjoy your day Val. That is funny because we are visiting Niagara Falls in April for a few days for our anniversary, will write a hub and have some awesome photos. Linda

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      Vladimir Karas 21 months ago from Canada

      What a spectacular compilation depicting one of my favorite scenes of nature - falls. It reminds me of my very first visit to the Niagara Falls, which are so intimidating comparing to these beauties. Great job Linda!

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      gaurav oberoi 21 months ago

      Thank you and wish you a splendid weekend!!

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      Linda Robinson 21 months ago from Cicero, New York

      A millions thanks. I really appreciate it, have a super day and terrific weekend. Talk to you again. Linda

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      gaurav oberoi 21 months ago

      I would love to visit this place and hopefully soon. I really like the frame of mind that you carry with you and it shows in your hubs.

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      Linda Robinson 21 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Good morning and thank you so much for your comments and following me now, as well as I will be happy to follow you and read your hubs. There are many wonderful activities here to enjoy, and yes, you are absolutely right, Fall is definitely one of the most beautiful time of the year. Take care. Linda

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      Linda Robinson 21 months ago from Cicero, New York

      I hope that you do some day as well. Some of the most eye-catching, breathtaking picturesque areas in the world. The absolute perfect place to get away from it all and to enjoy all that nature has to offer. I know that you would definitely love all of them. Bye for now.

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      gaurav oberoi 21 months ago

      Wow, the ever elusive serenity and calm, finally found through your hub. I would love to visit the Upper Buttermilk Falls. :-)

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      2 years ago from New York

      Upstate NY is beautiful especially in the fall time I love to go apple picking, I loved reading this hub, you now have a new follower :)

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Good morning Brian and thank you so much for your interesting reply and for sharing some of your incredible memories. I know we do have some of the most picturesque falls in New York City. And Niagara Falls is amazing, one of our favorite places. Thank you again Brian, enjoy your day. And look forward to talking with you again soon. Linda

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      B Brian Hill 2 years ago

      Thanks for taking the effort to put this compilation together! I was at some falls in the Berkshires a few weeks ago and found it hard to leave. I think this is a future "road trip" in the making! I've love them ever since my my parents took me to Niagra when I was very young. There is great beauty and peace in the smaller falls, which are a meditation magnet, compared to a tourist stop.

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      This is New York State Surai so much different that New York City, thanks so much always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      suraj punjabi 2 years ago from jakarta

      It is hard to believe this is new york. As a person who has seen new york only on tv (take a guess which part of new york they always show you) this is really unbelievable. Great Post. Keep it up

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Thank you CrisSp I really appreciate your valued comments and support. :)

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Not surprised that this is an Editor's Choice hub. Great images and the hub itself is inviting. Congratulations!

      I've enjoyed the tour.

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Thanks so much Sajupalu for taking the time for your wonderful comments and sharing your experiences. Take care. Linda

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      Sajesh 2 years ago from India

      WOW! Last time I have visited some of them and they are breathtakingly beautiful. I can’t forget the stunning Chittenango Falls and still can hear its sound. It’s a perfect place for fishing as well.

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Always so nice to hear from you Akash thanks for sharing a post and so glad that you enjoyed the hub. Talk to you again. Linda

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Gee Terrex we have a video that we might be sharing later where you can hear them. But thanks again. And there is nothing quite like a waterfall to melt the daily stress. Linda

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Good morning Angela thanks so much for your reply. Take care. So happy that you enjoyed the hub and the photos. Linda

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hey Terrex and I want to say thanks for your awesome and insightful comments. I really appreciate it and loved hearing from you. I hope that my husband's description of the water flow helps you clarify the question you had. Take care. Enjoy your week. Linda

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      This is Bill Robinson (the photographer). The photo of Upper Buttermilk Falls was not post processed to any great degree. As for Photoshop, I never use it, nor do I own a copy of the software. Ever since they went to cloud space service, I got rid of it. I have a habit of taking multiple shots at different F-stops or Shutter Speeds. From them I pick out candidates for consideration. My main theory is to make sure I have duplicated exactly the colors, the light and the overall experience.

      As for the water flow, the individual layers of rock are relatively smooth from erosion.

      The flow of water was lower than normal, due the lack of rain. The area this was is in, is heavy with vegetation and the light is somewhat limited. By changing settings on the camera I was able to show you exactly what I saw. I spent nearly an hour experimenting.

      Hope I have explained my vision

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      Terrex 2 years ago

      I can almost hear them :)

      Those pictures have got me wondering, though - how is it that the flowing water results in 'steps' instead of just a gradual slope..?

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      Angela 2 years ago from Colorado

      Beautiful :)

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      Akash 2 years ago from India

      Nice one..!