Within this 84 acre preserve, you can explore lake cliffs, forests, shrub thickets, meadows, and a gorge with a 35’ high waterfall.

This preserve protects one of the rarest environments in the local region – the lake cliffs.  In addition, Shurger Glen, cut by Gulf Creek, is a forested ravine and winding gorge with breathtaking waterfalls, scenic views and rare species.

This preserve was given by Donald A. and Helen T. Edwards in 2003.

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Featured Experiences

Gorges and Waterfalls

Where to find the gorges and waterfalls of Cornell Botanic Gardens that make Ithaca “gorges.” 

Wildlife Watching

Enjoy wildlife watching? Find the best spots.

Scenic Sitting Spots

Looking for a scenic spot to sit and reflect? Find the best spots.

Trails at Edwards Lake Cliffs

Three trails here lead to views of Cayuga Lake and a scenic glen and waterfall. Find trail routes on the mobile-friendly website ithacatrails.org.

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More about Edwards Lake Cliffs

Natural Heritage of Edwards Lake Cliffs

More about the rare plants and plant communities here.

Geology of Edwards Lake Cliffs

This site is popular for geology class field trips because of a variety of interesting features.

Rules of Etiquette

Help protect our natural areas by following our rules of etiquette.

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