Parks and Recreation
Buttermilk Glen, part of Buttermilk Falls State Park

The park obtained its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. Water descends over 500 feet in a series of cascades, rapids and pools. One of the highlights is a view of Pinnacle Rock, which is a spire-like rock jutting 40 feet above the stream. Buttermilk Falls State Park offers an upper area with a small lake, hiking trails, gorge views, play fields and picnic groves. The lower area of the park features a campground, swimming pool and more play fields. An enjoyable nature walk journeys through Larch Meadows, which is a moist, shady wetland.  Buttermilk Falls State Park (click here)




Enjoy hiking beside Buttermilk Creek as it travels over numerous falls and through quiet pools where trout swim peacefully in the crystal clear water.



The Cumming Nature Center is a part of the Rochester Museum & Science Center and offers individuals, families and groups the opportunity to explore over 15 miles of trails and see nature "up close".  Year round activities are available.  The visitors center offers restrooms, drinks and snacks (from vending machines), and a wonderful wildlife viewing area where you can relax and refresh after a workout on the trails.

Cumming Nature Center (Click Here)

Explore miles of exquisitely maintained trails ideal for everything from seasonal hiking to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  

Welcome spring with a family outing to celebrate Maple Sugaring at Cumming Nature Center! Walk the trails and learn about sugaring techniques of the Haudenosaunee and early pioneer settlers. Visit the steaming sugar house to watch the sap boil and taste the first new syrup of the season. Then come inside and warm up with hot beverages and delectable pancakes—with plenty of genuine maple syrup, of course!