Take it outside: Explore gardens and natural areas on campus and beyond

Gorges, gardens and other natural areas around campus and throughout Ithaca are what make Cornell one of the most beautiful university campuses worldwide. Hiking, running, swimming and cross-country skiing are just a few ways to enjoy these landscapes.

 

 

These mobile-friendly sites will help you explore Cornell's natural beauty:

CU in Nature (cuinnature.cornell.edu)

The site provides information and a map and directions to gardens and natural areas on campus. It was developed by wellness-focused groups at Cornell to provide students with an easy way to locate and explore the natural beauty around campus. Click here to explore the site.

Out on the Trails (IthacaTrails.org)

Search 240 miles of trails both within Cornell Botanic Gardens as well as trails throughout Tompkins County. You can search by desired activity, trail length and difficulty as well as who "stewards" the trail. The site includes a gps-enabled map with directions to each site.

Click on the following links for trail maps within natural areas on Cornell's campus: Beebe Lake, Mundy Wildflower Garden, Fall Creek Gorge, Cascadilla Gorge, F. R. Newman Arboretum, Botanic Gardens

Click here to explore the site.

Pocketsights Tour Guide app

This free app provides a Google-driven map along with images and information at points of interest along your tour route. Tours are available for Beebe Lake, Fall Creek Gorge and Mundy Wildflower Garden. Tours for the Botanic Garden, F. R. Newman Arboretum and Cascadilla Gorge will be available in spring 2017.

Download from the App Store or Google Play. When you open the app, the tour closest to you will appear at the top of the list. Scroll to select a tour of interest.

Outdoor public swimming near campus

Swimming is dangerous and illegal in gorges and creeks around campus. This page provides locations of safe outdoor swimming areas in the Ithaca area. Click here.

Purchase guides in the Garden Gift Shop

There are guides available for a small fee in the Garden Gift Shop in the Nevin Welcome Center:

Natural Areas Guides: Explore Cornell Botanic Gardens' Natural Areas with two guide books: Natural Areas On-and Near Campus ($4.00) and Cornell's Natural Areas Off Campus ($4.00). Click here to order online.

Explore Cornell's gardnes, natural areas, history and architecture: The Cornell Plantations Path Guide ($8.00), published in 1993, includes a map of nine trail routes with images and information along each route. Click here to order online.