It looks like most of our gorge trails in state parks near Ithaca will be open for the Thanksgiving holiday. Buttermilk Glen was rushing with water today after Tuesday night’s rain.
After the previous night's rain, Buttermilk Creek was gushing through the gorge.
The east side of Buttermilk Glen rises above the creek.
Buttermilk Creek jumps down numerous ledges.
On Monday, I walked into the upper gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park. Since September’s flood waters, there are numerous logs left hung up among the rock walls in our area gorges. This is one of the more unusual relics.
Following flooding in Enfield Glen in September, this log was left suspended over the stream, with a loose branch hanging into the water, jiggling around with the current.
I could not go beyond the top of Lucifer Falls, as floodwaters had damaged the trail ahead.
Though the trails are still open at Robert H. Treman State Park, from the upper park you can only go as far at the top of 115-feet-high Lucifer Falls.
It will take until next spring to complete repairs of the washed out section. Gorge masons must need to practice non-attachment to their hard work. The back-straining labor of months can be wiped out in a single day.
You can walk to the top of Lucifer Falls along the Gorge Trail in upper Robert H. Treman State Park to this barricade. The trail beyond was damaged in a September flood and is being repaired, but it will remain closed for the season.
But it is only this section of the Gorge Trail that is closed. The rest of the trails in the park are still open, at least as of today, the day before Thanksgiving.
Masons work hard every year keeping the stone steps in our gorges in good shape.
All trails at Buttermilk Falls and Taughannock Falls State Parks are still open, but the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park has been closed for the season.
It should be a great week to go for a walk in a park (where the shotguns will not be blazing at deer!). Have a happy Thanksgiving!