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Best hiking/walking area in the Finger Lakes

With so many parks, trails, forests, sanctuaries, gorges and waterfalls, the Finger Lakes can be an incredible place to spend time with nature. The Finger Lakes Innkeepers share their recommendations on the best places to hike or walk in the area.


The Keuka Lake Outlet Trail

Keuka Outlet StreamIt follows the Keuka Outlet Stream and the old Fall Brook Railway bed.  You will see signs of a time gone with what is left of old locks, sawmills and grist mills. Some interesting plants, birds, wildlife and a beautiful waterfall. Located between Penn Yan and Dresden at the Northeastern tip of Keuka Lake to the Northwestern side of Seneca Lake ~ Nancy and Al - Gorham House Bed and Breakfast

Keuka Outlet FallsThe trail starts in Penn Yan winding along the outer "canals" of Keuka Lake.  It then proceeds over some really beautiful terrain which bikers and hikers both enjoy.  Final destination is on Seneca Lake near Dresden, but you can indulge in an unusual amount of "history" along the way - everything from Birkett Mills all the way to the old locks used by canal boats.  As an added bonus, several waterfalls and lots of plush glens heighten your visual experience as you wind your way along the 6 mile trail.  Hugely popular for cross-country skiing in the winter also! ~ Terry and Bob - Keuka Overlook B&B

Upper Robert Treman State Park - (Also known as Enfield Glen) The upper portion of this park starts off with a simple forest walk and magically transforms to what our guests have described as the land of the Hobbit. Incredible rock carvings that only nature could have done. Forest, streams and waterfalls, it has it all, and a nice history to match. Located South of Ithaca at the South end of Cayuga Lake. ~ Steve and Kathy Wirt - Wine Country Cabins Bed and Breakfast

The Gorge in Watkins Glen (Watkins Glen State Park) - It is almost magical, with the many waterfalls and layers of rocks. We always tell our guests to park at the top and walk down - it is a much easier walk, and a shuttle is available to take them back up if they are not avid hikers. Located at the Southern tip of Seneca Lake. ~ Burney & Susan Baron - Los Gatos B&B

Geneva Lakeshore Park which adjoins Seneca Lake State Park - Walking, hiking, cycling and skateboard paths too. If you get too hot, there is also a spray park. Trail ends at the marina. 5 miles round trip. Located at the Northern tip of Seneca Lake. ~ Jack and Shirley Camp - Lafayette Bed and Breakfast

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge has some really nice trails. Woods, creek, orchard, birds and unfortunately mosquitoes. Located at the Northern end of Cayuga Lake. ~ Glenda Nash, Gentle Giants B&B


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