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Accessibility in Cornell Botanic Gardens Natural Areas


Beebe Lake and trails:

There is a ½-mile trail loop through wooded areas around Beebe Lake

Parking: The closest parking area is located in the Botanical Garden, which is 50 feet from the Beebe Lake trail access point.
Surface: crushed compacted stone
Grade: flat in some areas and slight grade in others.
Stairs: There are stairs in several locations along trails. Click on map (link) for their locations.
Access:  There are two access points to the trail that don’t require traveling on stairs. Click on map (link) for their locations.

Mundy Wildflower Garden

A web of trails pass through this wooded area along Fall Creek.

Parking: There is a small parking lot directly next to the start of a trail that leads to the rest of the trails in this area. There are no parking areas here with an accessible designation.
Surface: crushed compacted stone
Grade: flat
Stairs: There is one set of stairs at the access point to this area from Judd Falls Road.
Access:  There is a flat and wide trail at the parking area

Cascadilla Gorge

A trail follows this gorge from Linn Street in downtown Ithaca through Cornell campus. One section of trail that spans from Linn Street to College Avenue in Collegetown consists mostly of steep staircases. At College Avenue, the trail crosses the road and follows an almost flat grade alongside a much shallower part of Cascadilla Creek. The surface along this section is compacted dirt. One-half mile from this point is a wooded bridge where people can exit the gorge via a staircase, or return the same way they came.

Fall Creek Gorge

There are four access points to four trails along the rim or that travel to the level of Fall Creek.

The Cayuga Trail follows the rim of the gorge and has a compacted dirt surface.
View the map for access points. This trail leads to a suspension bridge overlooking the creek, gorge and falls.

The Horseshoe Falls Trail and the Risley Trail ascends the steep gorge walls to creek level via a long staircase.