Best Hikes in Finger Lakes National Forest (NY)


The Finger Lakes National Forest lies on a ridge between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton are all within a two-hour drive of the Forest. The forest is an administrative unit of the Green Mountain National Forest and managed out of Rutland, VT. With only 30 miles of interconnecting trails and a little over 16,000 acres, it is the 2nd smallest national forest in the US. The best hikes in Finger Lakes National Forest are below however there are many great trails in the surrounding areas. Official Website.

StateNew York
Nearest Metro AreaIthaca, NY
Area Size16,259 acres
EstablishedOctober 1, 1985
Hiking Trails30 miles

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Trailhead Traveler’s Recommended Hikes in Finger Lakes National Forest

(*** = Best hikes in Finger Lakes National Forest)

Interloken Trail*** – 11.3 miles one-way

The Interloken Trail traverses the Forest from north to south and is a branch of the Finger Lakes Trail  system. It passes through various terrain and vegetation. Southern portions are somewhat steeper and more  forested; northern portions are flatter, more open, and travel through pasture lands. Please close gates  behind you. This trail can be wet in the spring and fall. Plan a stop at the Foster Pond and Teeter Pond  areas or make a shorter loop hike with one of the several intersecting trails. There are outstanding vistas to  the west, including views of Seneca Lake.

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