Well, Greetings from Ithaca, actually. This November in Ithaca has been incredibly beautiful temperature wise. I hope it continues this way!
But this post is about Niagara Falls. A destination for honeymooners mostly, but one that Cornell students can also enjoy. You can see Niagara Falls both from the US and the Canadian side.
In addidion to the Falls, the Niagara/Buffalo area has lots of amazing outdoor locations to enjoy. Just a three hour drive from Ithaca, the Buffalo area is a great place to visit over a weekend. Here are three of my favorite outdoor locations!
1. Devils Hole State Park.
Downstream from Niagara Falls, on the Niagara River, you can walk along the gorge and look across to Canada. Often there are Canadian walking the trails on their side too, looking over at you, as well! There are several trails to enjoy at Devils Hole State Park to enjoy with varying levels of difficulty. And there are plenty of scenic views along the way to enjoy as well!
2. Niagara State Park.
Ithaca is known for its waterfalls, but so is Buffalo! Niagara Falls is the name for the three collective waterfalls that fall on the Canada and USA border. Combined, these falls have the highest flow rate in the world and are quite a site. At Niagara State Park you can look over the falls and at the Niagara river before the Falls. It is a nice walk all the way to the Niagara Falls tourist area, where you can take a ride of the Maid of the Mist or get a bite to eat.
3. Eternal Flame Falls.
The Eternal Flame Falls are a part of Chestnut Ridge Park. The trail is challenging winding down to the creek and then a bit muddy crossing through the creek bed, but is only a half mile to the Falls. The Falls themselves have one small grotto behind the falls that seeps natural gas from within the rock deposit, which allows a flame to remain lit continuously. The flame is shielded from the wind by the water. This is a very cool trail to hike, but I wouldn’t suggest it on a rainy or snowy day.
I think that Buffalo is a great place to visit when you are going to school in Cornell. It is not too far and it has a lot of outdoor trails to enjoy in the Summer, Fall, and Spring. (Not the winter, if you recall, Buffalo got hit really hard with the November snowstorm last year!)