Second Dam, Ithaca

Legend

Confirmed Access
NYC Area Beaches
Point of Interest
State or Town Park
Unknown or Unofficial

This is a popular swimming hole and the closest street has “No Parking” signs all along it, so you’ll either have to take your chances, or find somewhere to park and walk in.  The trail to the swimming area is part of the Ithaca trail system, so you are allowed to be here, though swimming is not allowed.  This is listed as “confirmed access” due to the trail system, but this is a “See” location.

The trail entrance is a little grass road between two houses, which we have included in the photos. This is a wide path that brings you out into a clearing where you’ll see a large green pool of water. Take the road leading out of the clearing towards the right and then take the first trail on your left. This is a steep pebble trail with a sort of rock stair at the very beginning. There is another trail just a little further that looks easier, but is actually steeper. This trail will lead you to the spot.

This is a gorgeous area, with jade green water, and some ruins.  People were jumping off of the rocks and tower, but they were instructing each other on where to jump as there are submerged rocks.  Not to mention that this goes over a dam immediately by the jumping spot…again, we don’t condone jumping or diving.  Or swimming close to dams.

Location Details

  • 10 min.
  • +42 25.544, -76 28.066
  • Moderate

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