Our cabins are perfectly located for your outdoor adventure whether it includes hiking, biking, snowshoeing, bird-watching, boating or hunting. The one thing you must see? New York’s best waterfalls:
- Taughannock Falls - This is the the highest waterfall in New York state—yes, higher than Niagara! There’s an area where you can drive-up and see the falls hike-free.
- Watkins Glen - Your trip to the Finger Lakes isn’t complete without a stop at this park! The Gorge Trail winds over and under a number of waterfalls, and the views are incredible.
- Ithaca Falls - The waterfall can be seen from the road, but a short hike will get you a better view.
- Buttermilk Falls - This is a stunner. The hike is a bit more rigorous (about 700 steps), and it’s a bit steeper than Watkins Glen. But it’s right in downtown Ithaca.
- The trailhead for the Interloken Trail in Finger Lakes National Forest is just a mile from our cabins. The 12-mile trail is flatter in the north and steeper in the south.
- In Robert H. Treman State Park, explore nine miles of trails and 15 waterfalls (including Lucifer Falls), then rinse off in the swimming hole at Lower Enfield Falls.
- The Keuka Lake Outlet Trail connects Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake by running along the abandoned railroad tracks between the towns of Penn Yan and Dresden, passing waterfalls and old mills in between.
- The Cascadilla Gorge Trail connects downtown Ithaca to Cornell’s campus. Maintained by the Cornell Botanical Gardens, this trail feels secluded, even though it’s right in downtown Ithaca.
- Does it count as a hike if there aren’t any hills? Well the Cayuga Waterfront Trail is a paved path with over 5 miles of gorgeous scenery, and that’s close enough.
Bird-Watching & Wildlife
You can start by exploring the paths that wind through our property, where you can spot a number of local birds. Access to Finger Lakes National Forest is just one mile away from Mill Creek Cabins, and guests can bike, hike, snowmobile, or cross-country ski/snowshoe from their cabin to the 16,000-acre national forest.
In Seneca Falls, the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a marshland that is home to osprey, egrets, great blue herons, and bald eagles. Near Ithaca, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a visitor center in the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary.
Hunting is prohibited on our property, but the Finger Lakes National Forest is public hunting land with opportunities to find upland game birds, migratory waterfowl, small game and deer.
Fishing & Boating
If you’d like to hire a charter boat for a leisure or fishing excursion, check out some of our suggested vendors. Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake are the two largest of the Finger Lakes, and they both contain a variety of fishing opportunities. Also, there are a number of nearby ponds with boat launches in Finger Lakes National Forest and other nearby state parks. Check out this full list of public boat launches in the Finger Lakes region.