A Guide to Finger Lakes State Parks to Explore This Winter


A Guide to Finger Lakes State Parks to Explore This Winter

Nestled on 70 acres, La Tourelle is the perfect tranquil escape for anyone looking to enjoy a bit of R&R. There's almost no better way to unwind on vacation than disconnecting and spending time in nature. You don't have to sacrifice this experience just because you're visiting us during the winter. The nearby Finger Lakes state parks take on a new level of beauty during the winter, offering frozen waterfalls, frosted trees, and endless scenic trails.

3 Upstate New York State Parks to Visit

The parks found in Upstate New York provide stunning examples of Mother Nature's beauty. There are several areas to wander, including trails only a short distance from our Ithaca hotel. Keep in mind there is often a fee for entering state parks, and some paths may be closed during the winter.

  1. Buttermilk Falls State Park

Named for the foaming cascade created by Buttermilk Creek, Buttermilk Falls State Park is less than a 10-minute drive. In fact, it's so close our hotel's Buttermilk Trail connects with the park's trail system. The park is sectioned into two areas. The upper part features a small lake, hiking trails, and playing fields. The lower part is home to playing fields and a natural pool. 

  1. Robert H. Treman State Park

Further down the road is Robert H. Treman State Park, known for the Enfield Glen gorge. Hike the winding trail that follows the gorge past 12 waterfalls. Discover the Old Mill, built in 1839, and learn about the milling process by reading the interpretive panels. Make sure to keep your eyes open for the animals that call the forest home, like turkeys and birds.

  1. Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls is just as magnificent during the winter as any other time of year. Plunging 215 feet and feeding into Cayuga Lake, the centerpiece of Taughannock Falls State Park is a must-see for anyone visiting the Finger Lakes. This is also a great spot to go cross-country skiing or sledding.

Plan a Winter Getaway to Ithaca Today!

After a day exploring Finger Lakes state parks or enjoying other winter adventures, there's nothing better than enjoying a warm meal. Stop by The Bistro and sample our updated dinner menu from our brand new executive chef! From grilled salmon streak to hand-rolled pasta and local ice cream, there is something on the menu for everyone.


Our Finger Lakes hotel offers a variety of accommodation options, which means you can find one that fits your stay best. Contact us today to start planning your winter escape to our Itacha retreat!