Cornell Plantations has announced that the lower section of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail will open to pedestrians, today, Friday, April 11, 2014.
The Cascadilla Gorge Trail, between Linn Street and Stewart Avenue, is now reopened after being closed for the winter. The trail weathered the winter relatively well, having only minor railing damage upon initial inspection. Major repair work on upstream sections of the trail will commence this spring, with contractors starting where they left off last year, rebuilding the large staircase sections below the College Avenue Bridge. The current plan will have the trail fully restored and reopened this summer.
“We know the community is eagerly awaiting the reopening of the entire trail,” said Todd Bittner, director of Natural Areas at Cornell Plantations. “We think everyone will be pleased with the results, and will agree it was worth the wait!”
About The Cascadilla Gorge Trail:
The lower section of Cascadilla Gorge is truly a “gorges” display of rock, water and trees. Cascadilla Creek drops 400 feet from campus to downtown Ithaca, carving through bedrock - shales, siltstone and sandstone - exposing sedimentary rocks that were deposited 400 million years ago. Look for ripple marks on the rock surface, which once was the muddy floor of an ancient ocean. Here also is a tremendous variety of forest and creek habitats packed into a small area.
Cascadilla Gorge was originally preserved and donated to Cornell University by Robert H. Treman in 1909 to support public use, education, and enjoyment. The Cascadilla Gorge Trail system, initially constructed during the Civilian Conservation Corp. era, ascends 400 feet in elevation between Linn Street and Hoy Road, and currently totals 7,800 feet in length. Cornell Plantations manages Cascadilla Gorge, and is committed to protecting the natural area, providing ongoing educational use, and supporting safe public recreation and enjoyment of the gorge.
*The weather forecast for this weekend calls for warm temperatures and sunshine. If your plans include enjoying the natural beauty of our area gorges, please do so safely—obey all trail closures and posted regulations, and review our gorge safety information before you head out.
*Information taken from Chief Zoner’s Weekly Blue Light E-Mail