Black Diamond Trail

Black Diamond Trail, Ithaca: Address, Black Diamond Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Black Diamond Trail
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Mark A
5 contributions
Jul 2021
We started at “Ithaca Bike Rental” and rented bikes for 4-hours. The help there was fabulous and gave us the directions and trail maps to bike to Black Diamond Trail. Going from the rental facility to the trail took us through Stewart Park (a great park) on a safe bike path!

The trail is deceivingly flat (8 miles uphill from mile marker 8) and has an easy coast on the way down the hill.

At the end (mile marker 0) there are great views of a waterfall. For an even more spectacular waterfall, leave the trail to the left (heading to the road), on the road make a right to your first right (20 yards – just on the other side of the overpass) to the Overlook at Taughannock Visitor Center. AMAZING and clean bathrooms!

There were beautiful views from bottom to top – even the views when crossing public roads of the valley were stunning. Just know that the crossing tractor signs are no joke. We got a fairly up-close view of a tractor just in front of us.
Written 26 July 2021
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Susan C
5 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a beautiful trail. I went there yesterday for a power walk starting at Cass Park and going north. I never saw a single trail marker on the right side?? I track my time and so this was frustrating and disappointing.
Written 26 June 2021
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Lori M
Cuyahoga Falls, OH51 contributions
Jun 2021
Brought my bike with me to Ithaca - rode this trail - crushed gravel well maintained. 2% grade over 8.4 miles which takes you right to the north & south rim trailheads.
Written 13 June 2021
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Hannah
4 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a beautiful, easy, flat trail that goes between Ithaca and Taughannock falls. It does get a bit icy in the winter however.
Written 7 June 2021
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Mike T
Niagara Falls, NY426 contributions
Aug 2020
We started this trail on our bikes in Cass Park and rode the 8 miles up to Taughannock St Park. We did it leisurely and enjoyed the pretty sights. We never even noticed that the trail has a 432 elevation change, until on our way back we almost coasted the whole way. As a plus, at one of the road interchanges we saw a doe and her 2 fawms.
Written 27 August 2020
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Ashley R
57 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
The ride is beautiful and leads you right into Taughannock State Park. We parked at the Childrens Garden, rode the trail, hiked the rim and enjoyed coasting back to the lot.

*** This trail is uphill all eight miles. My Strava app measured the ascent at over 600 feet. Not too horrible, but it's hard work on a gravel path. Easy breezy on the way down!
Written 17 August 2020
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Debra B
3 contributions
Jul 2020
We rode our bicycles up the 8 mile gradual hill. (1-2% grade). At the top we walked both the north and south rim trails and experience stunning views.
Written 3 July 2020
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Beyond Honest
38 contributions
Aug 2019
This gorge and waterfalls are awesome. Definitely worth the short walk to go see. Absolutely spectacular. We stop by several times a year and walk the trail. Love this spot.
Written 30 September 2019
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Robert H
Trumansburg, NY49 contributions
Aug 2019
A couple of years ago the state poured a lot of $ into this old railway bed,- agricultural matting with multiple levels of gravel on top, guard rails at the culverts and bridges, marked pedestrian crossings at the roads. It runs about 8 miles from Ithaca to Trumansburg. -Cass Park to Taughannock Falls Park. It is widely used but a very nice walk. Walkers ( Us) , runners, roller skaters, bikers, lots of dogs ( we have never had a problem walking with our Labrador). Unlike some paths elsewhere, we, the locals, don't abuse it. Clean up the trash! Clean up after your dog! We do.
It is an easy grade, mostly shaded. Stay to the right, or, like the Autobahn in Germany, you will be run over.
Useful even in the winter by cross country skiers.
You can get in a good exercise without being on the road.
We like it A Lot.
Written 22 August 2019
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egslade
Portsmouth, NH107 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The Black Diamond Bike Trail is an 8.5-mile (17 miles round trip) crushed stone trail that starts right behind the Ithaca Children’s Garden on the Waterfront Trail and ends at Taughannock Falls State Park, which is home to the tallest falls east of the Rockies. At 215 feet tall, they’re three stories taller than Niagara Falls, although much, much narrower. We found the trail hard to find but if you stop on the far side of the Ithaca Children’s Garden parking lot, you’ll see a small sign. The first couple of miles follow a power line, but there’s a canopy of trees shading the trail and some nice glimpses of Cayuga lake. After the power lines, the rest of the trail is mostly beautiful woods. The way to the state park is steadily uphill, so gradually that you might not even notice. That made the way back a breeze. When we reached the end of the trail, near the falls, we parked our bikes (there’s a rack you can lock them to) and walked approximately a mile along the South Rim Trail, at the end heading downhill to the bottom of the gorge. It’s a 3/4 mile walk from where you land to the falls, and you can walk on a dirt path or along the shale floor of the gorge, which was once many years ago at the bottom of the ocean. There’s a platform to view the falls. Note: I believe there’s another path to the falls when you reach the end of the bike trail and it may be less of a walk then the one we did which was approximately 3 or 4 miles round trip.
Written 17 August 2019
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