Here’s the deal with Buttermilk Falls – in order to appreciate all ten of the park’s gorgeous, continuously cascading waterfalls, you basically have to walk up half a mile of stairs. If you’re able to do it, it’s entirely worth it – or maybe you just want to walk up a little ways and come right back down. The good news is that the main falls is in view before you even get into the parking lot, and the accessible base of the waterfall has swimming, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms. Over a bridge at the base of the falls you’ll also come to a playground and some ball fields.
Buttermilk Falls State Park is home to five separate trails as well, including four that are interconnected. One trail, Larch Meadow, is an easy one-miler and has no waterfall views. Each of the remaining four trails is short, but they range from moderate to difficult. The complete loop made up of all four trails totals about two miles. If hiking is the main thing drawing you to Buttermilk, it’s best to do with older kids. You could do it with a baby carrier, but that added weight will make the hike even more strenuous.
Pay to park at each visit during the warm months or purchase an Empire Pass for the season.