The unusual beauty of Fall Creek Gorge and Cascadilla Gorge make them great places to explore plants and wildlife and to enjoy outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, walking, and birding. The gorges contribute to overall wellness and are favored places to unwind, find inspiration, reduce stress, contemplate, meditate, and be creative.
There are several scenic areas to enjoy the gorges from creek level or from above the gorge. Look for these destination areas marked on the maps in the gorge safety brochure (pdf). View a full list of hiking trails within Cornell Plantations.
Natural History Information
The amount of direct sunlight is varied throughout the gorge, which creates a wide range of growing conditions and rich diversity of habitats. In addition, gorges expose the area’s bedrock, which makes them ideal places to appreciate the geologic history of the Ithaca area.
Four interpretive panels are found in destination areas around Fall Creek, which provide information on the natural and cultural history of the area.