Best public place to see wildflowers in the Finger Lakes
The varying terrain of the Finger Lakes has given nature a great place to display her beauty. With forrests, fields, and gorges you can find wild flowers in every one. Here the innkeepers of the Finger Lakes give you their recommendations on the best public place to see wildflowers in the Finger Lakes.
Keuka Outlet Trail - A walk or bicycle along the Keuka Outlet Trail which is a seven mile linear park that follows the stream of water that empties Keuka Lake into Seneca Lake. What you see will all depend on when you travel the trail... Always a surprise or two; no matter when you go or how many times you return! The Trail can be picked up in Penn Yan on Keuka Lake or in Dresden on Seneca Lake. ~ Al & Nancy - Gorham House B&B
Taughannock Falls - Wildflowers are seasonal and eco-specific, so half the fun is just in seeing what's out and about. If you walk the gorges in the spring you'll find wild columbine growing on the cliffsides. The ones I've seen are a beautiful strawberry red, and seem to grow in places you wouldn't expect that they could - cracks and crevasses in the rocks. I've also seen wild Dutchman's Breeches growing at Taughannock. ~ Judy - Barrister's Bed and Breakfast
Montezuma Wetlands Complex - A great place to see many varieties of wild flowers. There are several hiking trails.The biologist from DEC counted 28 different wildflowers, some of them rare, on our old farm which is now part of Montezuma. Located at the northern end of Cayuga Lake ~ Glenda Nash - Gentle Giants Bed and Breakfast
Bluff Point on Keuka Lake - We have enjoyed driving out on the Bluff (the peninsula that makes Keuka Lake a "Y" shape) and seeing the wildflowers in the untilled fields and roadsides. Being from the west coast, we quite enjoy seeing wildflowers not only in the spring, but summer and fall as well! We go out Route 54A to Bluff Point, and turn at the road marked Assembly Ave. The next right is Skyline Drive, which goes down the middle of the Bluff. At the end, you can turn right or left to make the return trip near the level of the lake. ~ Burney & Susan Baron - Los Gatos Bed & Breakfast
Robert Treman State Park - (Also known as Enfield Glen) The upper and lower protions of this park start off with a simple forest walk and magically transform into beautiful waterfalls. The wildflowers are dotted here and there as they should be. What you see depends on when you go. Forest, streams and waterfalls, complete the scenery. Located South of Ithaca at the South end of Cayuga Lake. ~ Steve and Kathy Wirt - Wine Country Cabins Bed and Breakfast
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