hike #4

#04   Stevens Suspension Bridge  –  Park Park  –  Cornell natural areas

Meet-up:  Dirt parking lot on Forest Home Drive across the street from the Cornell Arboretum’s plant production facility building, and a little west of the Stevens Suspension Bridge.  (There are two lots near to each other; ours is on the east.)

Click here to see the Google Maps page showing the location of the parking lot and the suspension bridge.

Click here to see the Ithaca Trails map showing the trail network

Physical maps of the Cayuga Trail system are available at:

CayugaTrail – Fingerlakes Trail Conference

The map sheet there for this trail system is labelled ” The Cayuga Trail”

We have two almost totally different hikes that begin at the far side of the suspension bridge.

  1. Walk east along the edge of Fall Creek and then head up the high bluffs to the Cornell horse fields on top  —  from there we cross Freese Road and walk along the top of the sheer bluffs on the north side of the creek.
  2. Walk west along the edge of the creek to the golf course  —  then on to the Cornell stables and paddocks

The trails in this area are part of the Cayuga Trail, first built by the Cayuga Trails Club in the 1960s and maintained by that organization to the current day

The Cayuga Trail is over ten miles in length and extends from downtown Ithaca to the Town of Dryden, where it links to the Dryden Rail Trail.

For this hike there are lots of great woods and fields scenery and creek views all along the way.  The terrain is lightly strenuous.  It’s always fun to cross Fall Creek on the suspension bridge because of the way the bridge pitches up and down – makes you feel rubber-legged.  If a walk hasn’t lasted the full two hours, we fill the rest of the time by walking east along the southerly side of Fall Creek, then cross Forest Home Drive and go up into Park Park and the arboretum, which is a great way to end a walk.

For winter hikes of this trail system it is recommended that you wear reliable foot traction and bring trekking poles, due to the varying trail conditions.

Last edit 07/2022 JFR