Filmore Glen, Moravia’s Treasure

April 1, 2012 at 5:41 am 1 comment

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This is the first set of falls you see on the hike is Cowshed Falls

Moravia, a tiny town, is famous as the home of President Millard Filmore. Not much there to see but there is a gem of a state park called Filmore Glen.

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Stairs made by the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Finger Lakes region has several awesome parks with waterfalls. Little-known Filmore Glen is another example of the beautiful work of the glaciers that passed through 10,000 years ago and left us the “gorgology” the makes the Finger Lakes region so special. The park has five waterfalls, several miles of great trails and 60 campsites plus a natural stream-fed swimming hole.

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View from the upper falls area

This is a park in the same style as Watkins Glen, and Letchworth Park — all built by the Civilian Conservation Corps — which constructed beautiful stone pathways, walls and arched bridges — still standing after more than 75 years.

As youngsters, my boys enjoyed many hikes up Filmore Glen on hot summer afternoons, bounding up and over the mossy stone stairways and cooling off by wading through the creek beds, hunting frogs and salamanders.

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Several sets of waterfalls make for a continuous vertical climb

The Gorge Trail follows alongside Mill Creek 2.5 miles, crossing eight bridges. The gorge walls are layers of shale limestone and sandstone. Waterfalls range from five to forty feet high. The entire Gorge Trailtakes up to 3 hours to walk.

Pack a picnic lunch and bring lots of water as it can be a thirsty hike.

Click here to see even better pictures of FiImore Glen.

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Map of park trails

Park map

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. doug  |  June 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I love this place. It was the place we always went when I was a kid when the weather turned cool and windy on the lake.

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