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6 Epic NYS Waterfalls You Can Drive to In 3 Hours or Less

Buttermilk Falls State Park / Photo x Kyle Murphy

Covid silver lining alert! Have you ever done so much travel and exploration in your own state? Sure, you are on StepOutBuffalo.com so it’s no surprise you love exploring Buffalo and Western New York. BUT when it comes to vacas did you think you’d be so down to explore New York in such depth? As far as we’re concerned, it’s turning out to be one positive side effect of these corona-times.

What better way to explore New York than chasing waterfalls? Here are several must-see waterfalls you can drive to in New York State that we learned about from TikTok. BTW follow @stepoutbuffalo on TikTok.

Have an addition to this list? Email us editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

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@roginaday

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♬ River – Bishop Briggs

1. Buttermilk Falls State Park

Finger Lakes Region

2 hours and 45 minutes from Downtown Buffalo

112 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd.,(Off Rt. 13 S), Ithaca, NY 14850

“Buttermilk Falls State Park takes its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. The upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, natural pool and playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows. Larch Meadows is a wetland area through which a nature trail winds.” – parks.ny.gov

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2. Stony Brook State Park

Finger Lakes Region

1 hours and 35 minutes from Downtown Buffalo

10820 Route 36 South, Dansville, NY 14437

“Stony Brook State Park features a rugged gorge in the rolling hills of Western New York. You can enjoy the park’s rich scenery while camping, picnicking, swimming or hiking.

The North Entrance for day use visitors features a picnic area with tables, grills, restrooms, playground, natural stream-fed pool, and entrance to the hiking trails. The park offers a variety of play fields that include: Playgrounds, Tennis Court, Baseball Field, Volleyball Court, and Basketball.

Hikers can choose among 3 hiking trails which are all about 1 mile long with quite a bit of stairs making them moderately difficult. The park’s beautiful gorge trail begins at our stream-fed pool in the North Entrance and passes by 3 major waterfalls. We recommend the Gorge Trail as the easiest and most scenic. The Rim Trails climb the towering cliffs through the woodlands that overlook waterfalls and fascinating rock formations. Due to the nature of our trails they are not accessible to wheelchairs, medical walkers, or strollers.” – parks.ny.gov

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@roginaday

Spent the day wandering. Wear a mask, social distance. #Ithaca #NewYork #UpstateNY #IloveNY #Hiking #ButtermilkFalls #taughannockfalls #Fingerlakes

♬ River – Bishop Briggs

3.  Taughannock Falls State Park

Finger Lakes Region

3 hours from Downtown Buffalo

1740 Taughannock Blvd., Trumansburg, NY 14886

“Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. A multi-use trail–hiking, cross-country skiing–winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds.” – parks.ny.gov

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4. SheQuaGa Falls, Montour Falls

Finger Lakes Region

2.5 hours from Downtown Buffalo

“To get to the crest of the falls, head north on Genesee St and make a left on to Steuben St, which will get you to the top of the escarpment. Make a left onto Mill St. Follow Mill St for roughly 600 ft at which point it crosses over the top of the falls.” – nyfalls.com

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@nick.metcalf

Lucifer falls near Ithaca NY where it looks like the water runs backwards #waterfallchallenge #amazingnature #relaxing #waterfall #magic

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5. Lucifer Falls at Robert H. Treman State Park

Finger Lakes Region

2 hours and 45 minutes from Downtown Buffalo

105 Enfield Falls Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

“Robert H. Treman State Park is an area of wild beauty, with the rugged gorge called Enfield Glen as its scenic highlight. Winding trails follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls, to where visitors can see a mile-and-a-half down the wooded gorge as it winds its way to the lower park. Campers can choose from tent or RV sites or cabins. Enjoy nine miles of hiking trails, or swim in a stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall. Swimming is allowed in lifeguarded area only.” – parks.ny.gov

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6. Salmon River Falls

Oswego County

3 hours and 15 minutes from Downtown Buffalo

Orwell, NY 13302

“The 600-foot Gorge Trail leads from the Falls Trail to the bottom of the gorge. Though it contains two sections of stairs, the Gorge Trail is steep and demanding, suited only for the physically fit. The trail was built in 2000 by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) trail crew under contract with DEC. ADK provided maintenance and improvements on the site again in 2008. See seasonal restrictions. Extending upstream from the Falls Trail is the Upper Falls Trail, which is approximately one mile long and runs along the north side of the river to Dam Road. The trail was built with the help of the Oswego County Youth Bureau in 1995. The River Bed Trail leads from the end of the Falls Trail to the river bed upstream of the falls. This short, steep trail was upgraded to stairs in 2008 by the ADK trail crew. See seasonal restrictions below. Additional hiking is available on the old abandoned Wolliver Road traveling south of the west end of the parking area.” – dec.ny.gov

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Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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