Flat Rock Ithaca
The entrance to this area is on Forest Home Drive, and there are two dirt parking areas directly across from the arboretum if you leave by taking Arbor Road. This area is shallow with lots of flat rocks, and reportedly popular on hot days to lie on the rocks. Not really swimming as much as wading, as the water is only a couple of inches deep. Upstream is a very short dam with a small fall, and the signs say “Danger No Swimming.” Always stay far away from dams, even small ones, as they can suck you under.
Both parking areas have short little steep trails going down, but the options from the parking area that has a directory sign are better, as they lead to a bank and are less steep. Officially swimming isn’t allowed within Ithaca city borders, but multiple sources listed this as a place that people do, though we didn’t see anyone.
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