Creek - Cass Park Hike
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Numerous seasonal waterfall
gullies flowing into the west side of Cayuga Lake
in Tompkins County, NY.
|7 mile walk (round trip)
on abandoned railroad grade. You can cut the hike
in half by leaving a car at each end of the trail.
This is an easy 7 mile hike along
an abandoned railroad grade. Park at the southern
end of Cass Park off of NYS Route 89 and find the
trail at the base of the hill. The trail is straight
and flat and increases gradually in elevation as
you go north. Although the trail parallels Route
89, it is separated from the highway by thick woods
and it is easy to forget that the highway is there.
In the course of the hike, you will cross approximately
25 gullies of varying sizes. In the early spring,
or following a rain, each of these gullies offers
cascades and small waterfalls. These gullies flow
through culverts under the railroad grade.
The trail ends at Glenwood Creek where the railroad
bridge over the gully no longer exists. Follow
a narrow path toward the lake and cross the gully
on an abandoned highway bridge just below a pretty
20-foot waterfall. Then scramble down to the Route
which crosses the creek above the 60-foot waterfall.
To see this waterfall, follow Maplewood Rd and
Glenwood Rd down to the lakeside and to the back
of the Glenwood Point parking lot.
Back on the highway, you can stop at the Glenwood
for a world famous Pinesburger and Bloody Mary.
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