In Lansing, NY, just a few miles north of Ithaca, is a gorge and a waterfall that few but the neighbors are aware of: Shurger Glen and Emilie Jonas Falls. Over the millennia, Gulf Creek has eroded Shurger Glen on its way to the Cayuga Lake eastern shore at Portland Point, the location of a former cement plant that crushed the Tully limestone to make cement. Portland Point is just south of the Cayuga Salt Mine, which is just south of Myers Point.
Few venture into Shurger Glen as it is privately owned. And Emilie Jonas Falls, at the head of the glen, is also on private land. But now the public can walk down into the glen via a steep path and see this charming waterfall. The Lansing Pathways Committee and the Town of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department have secured landowner permissions and created this half-mile trail. If we keep to the trail and don’t trespass on adjacent lands, hopefully this precious access will endure!
In this episode of Walk in the Park (#89), we explore this trail and the beautiful waterfall, and tell you how to find them. The first cablecast will be on Ithaca, NY’s public access channels 13 and 97.3 this Thursday (10/23/14) at 9:00 p.m. Additional cablecasts will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally next Tuesday (10/28/14) at 8:00 p.m.
Or you can watch it right here anytime!