3 of the Best Places to Find Finger Lakes Hiking Trails

Are you looking for the best day hikes in the Finger Lakes? You’re in luck! There are plenty of fantastic trails to explore through the region. From the gorge trails that weave you through streams and rivers to beautiful lakefront trails featuring gorgeous views, there’s always a good reason to lace up your boots. Enjoy a day of Finger Lakes hiking during your visit!

We’ve listed some of our favorite Finger Lakes hiking trails, but there’s plenty more to discover! Download our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of local parks and trails! You’ll also get our picks for the best restaurants, wineries, breweries, and more. Never go hiking on an empty stomach! Plan your trip in no time when you use our free Vacation Guide. Download your copy today!

Enjoy the Best of Finger Lakes Hiking

Finger Lakes National Forest

Nestled between Cayuga and Seneca Lake is the Finger Lakes National Forest. This is the state’s only national forest and features a wide range of natural features, including open land, gorges, and woodlands. In total, there are over 30 miles of Finger Lakes National Forest hiking trails. Don’t be surprised if you see a free-ranging cow or two during your visit! The forestland provides some fantastic grasslands for livestock.

Seneca Lake State Park

For a relaxing, lakefront stroll, explore the famous Seneca Lake State Park hiking trail! The Geneva Lakefront Trail is located in the park and named after the town in which it’s located, is just over four miles long and good for all skill levels. Since the trail surrounds Seneca Lake, it’s best hiked from February until October.

Watkins Glen State Park

For some incredible Finger Lakes hiking with waterfall views, visit Watkins Glen State Park. This is an immensely popular park in the area and was even nominated in the USA Today Readers’ Choice Poll for Best State Park in the country. Located at the southernmost tip of Seneca Lake, the trails at Watkins Glen State Park wind through beautiful stone staircases, bridges, and tunnels. This is one of the premier destinations for Finger Lakes gorge trails.

Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties

After your day of exploring the best Finger Lakes hiking trails, return to a gorgeous home from Finger Lakes Premier Properties. We have the most incredible selection of properties on seven of the 11 lakes. If you plan on visiting Seneca Lake State Park, consider booking A Bay Breeze Cottage, which is just a 10-minute drive away! This three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is a cozy cottage set on the northwest side of the lake. It’s just a half-mile walk from plenty of great wineries, restaurants, and golf courses in town. The home features two kayaks, which are available for use, and a fire pit. This property is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family of four visiting for their annual vacation.

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