Day 3 of four
After spending the day before at Letchworth State Park we were excited to see what Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman SP had in store for us. It was perfect because both parks were only five minutes apart allowing us to have a full day of exploring with little driving time.
Our experience sounded a little bit like... seeing over a dozen waterfalls, climbing beautiful mossy stone staircases, cascades, hiking in the dark, and finding 100+ ticks ON THE DOGS! Was it worth it? YOU BETCA! See below how beautiful both these parks are and all the wild details!
Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to see the largest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains reaching 215-feet!!
This lower fall below is known as Buttermilk Falls. It’s the largest waterfall in the park, reaching 165-feet. The coolest part, you can swim in the waterhole below during the last weekend in June through Labor Day weekend! How cool right?! Anyone can access this area as they have paved trails throughout. It’s a two minute walk from the parking lot.
We we’nt the beginning of November, so this was our view!
Jack and Watson wanted to swim. We couldn’t say no with those faces!
This hike was very similar to the famous Watkins Glen SP in my opinion however, this park was dog friendly!
Who want’s the stick?!
My brother Mitchell had to show off :p! Sorry not sorry Mitch, haha!
We spent a couple hours hiking the Gorge Trail and walked the Rim Trail back to the car. A massive tree decorated the ground with thousands of golden leafs.
Watson is always posing for his mama!
We drove five minutes down the road to the next park.
Robert H. Treman State Park
This park conists of 12-waterfalls! We only had a couple hours left of daylight so we hiked quickly seeing only a few.
We ended at these falls just before dark. The last twenty minutes hiking out was pitch dark! It made for some good laughs because I am terrifed of the dark… in the woods… in the middle of no where! Mind goes to some crazy thoughts… does this happen to you, lol?!
We made it back to our hotel and got settled in. I was petting Watson and saw his hair moving! There was no joke… over a 100 ticks on Jack and Watson combine! We instantly put them in the tub and started picking each one out. I am not sure if it was the heat but the ticks were very active. Thankfully, they were both treated monthly for ticks. I was still nervous so I rushed to the pet store and got the strongest tick killing shampoo out there. We spent over two hours picking ticks off them both. The dogs loved it. They just sat there as we investigated/rubbed down every inch of their bodies. I am not sure how we did not get a single one on us. I didnt sleep much this night. I kept feeling as if I had stuff crawling all over me! I am not sure if this was a normal thing but I just want you to beware and make sure your dogs are treated before you go and make sure you check them aftwards too.
Taughannock Falls State Park
The following morning we decided to stop by ONE more place before we headed home. It was only .75 mile walk with a wide hiking path so I didn’t stress about more ticks.
The highest single drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, reaching 215-feet!
There are two views of the falls. You can do the same hike we did, .75-mile hike or the 1.5-mile North Rim Trail and 1.2-mile South Rim Trail that forms a loop allowing you to see the falls from above. We did not have time but they do look beautiful!
It was the perfect cap to our four day dog friendly road trip driving through Canada and Up State New York.
Though we had the tick issue, it is still my favorite road trip with the dogs. What is your favorite pet friendly road trip? I would love to hear from you! Comment below, Pin, share and subscribe to stay up to date on my latest adventures!
PET FRIENDLY ROAD TRIP THROUGH UP STATE NEW YORK STATE PARKS
BUTTERMILK FALLS STATE PARK: 112 E Buttermilk Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
WHAT TO EXPECT: Gorge with over 10 waterfalls. Cascades, staircases, segmented falls, and plunges. Main falls is 165ft high. Swimming hole open during last weekend in June through Labor Day weekend. Expect to spend 2-3 hours hiking and exploring on Gorge Trail, easy assces to hiking trail.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring, early summer, fall. The park’s trails are closed after November, but Buttermilk Falls is still accessible from the lower parking lot area all year long.
ROBERT H. TREMAN STATE PARK: 105 Enfield Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
WHAT TO EXPECT: A winding trail through Enfield Glen, 12 waterfalls, including the 115 foot Lucifer Falls, moderate hike, sets of stone staircases and an elevation change of over 500 feet.
TAUGHANNOCK FALLS STATE PARK: 1740 Taughannock Blvd, Trumansburg, NY 14886
WHAT TO EXPECT: Highest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Offers hiking, nature trails, camping and picnicking. In the winter, trails for ice-skating, sledding and cross-country skiing available. Three main waterfalls. Views of Taughannock Falls are available from two trails The .75 mile-long Gorge Trail leades to base of the falls also passes by Lower Falls. The 1.
In addition to the 215-foot Taughannock Falls, two additional waterfalls are located along Taughannock Creek within the park. A 20-foot cascade, known as Little or Lower Falls, is located downstream of Taughannock Falls, while the 100-foot Upper Falls are found upstream of Taughannock Falls. The 1.5-mile North Rim Trail and 1.2-mile South Rim Trail can be connected to form a loop hike which offers views of Upper Falls.