We decided to check out some waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region this spring, after lots of rain and getting some beautiful weather. After doing a short hike at Taughannock Falls in the Ithaca area, we decided to check out the nearby Robert H. Treman State Park. We had no problems finding the park with Google Maps.
You have to pay $8 per car to enter the park, and if you plan on visiting more than one park in a day, save your receipt, as you can use it to enter any other New York State Park without having to pay again.
We parked by the main area of the park, which has a short walk to what is normally the swimming area. I highly recommend checking the NYS Park website before visiting the park, as we knew there was no swimming due to rain. However, it was clear that a lot of visitors were planning on swimming, which would be a disappointment to make the trip only to find out that there would be no swimming.
We decided to hike the gorge trail. I had been warned that there were a lot of steps, and remember thinking it couldn’t possibly be that many stairs. However, there are MANY stairs here, so consider yourself warned!!
We started on a difficult trail, which is the hike to the top of the gorge.
The hike up the gorge trail is definitely a challenge. We reached the first lookout, and then continued up the final sets of stairs. I really had to push myself up those last few flights of stairs, and we finally made it. You can see down on the right hand side where the rim trail is along the water (and where we had an easy hike back to the parking lot).
The rim trail is really neat. It is interesting to see the walkways constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) many years ago. Some of the views are just surreal.
We found these trail markers very informative. This map was useful but moreso was the map along the gorge trail, since that part of the trail is so challenging (and allowed us to pace ourselves).
Visit Robert H. Treman State Park at https://parks.ny.gov/parks/135/details.aspx