If you’re looking for the ultimate Finger Lakes hiking experience, you’re in luck! The Finger Lakes Trail is an outstanding system of paths that wind through the region. This system contains the main trail, which is 580 miles long, and six branch trails as well as 29 loop trails and spur trails, which total 412 miles. In total, there are over 1,000 miles of gorgeous hiking, making it the longest continuous footpath in the state of New York. Discover what you need to know about this great system of trails.
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About the Finger Lakes Trail
The Finger Lakes Trail network was first conceptualized in 1961 when Wallace “Wally” Wood went hiking on the Appalachian Trail. He wanted to take that concept back to New York, with a hiking trail that winds through the southern section of the state. In 1962, his vision came to life, and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference was formed.
The Finger Lakes Trail system is, first and foremost, an outstanding example of the passion that local residents have for hiking and preserving our natural features. The trail network is maintained by volunteers from 15 organizations and about 60 sponsors.
Lace up Your Hiking Boots
So how long is the Finger Lakes Trail? With so many branch trails and loops, it can be difficult to measure out the exact length. Most people estimate it around 1,000 miles, give or take. The trail runs through eight state parks: Allegany, Darien Lakes, Letchworth, Watkins Glen, Robert H. Treman, Buttermilk Falls, Bowman Lake, and Oquaga Creek. If you’re staying in a vacation home from Finger Lakes Premier Properties, you’ll want to visit Letchworth, Watkins Glen, or Buttermilk Falls State Park. These sites are near Consensus Lake, Seneca Lake, and Cayuga Lake, respectively.
If you want a more comprehensive guide of the Finger Lakes trail, mile by mile, check out the Finger Lakes Trail Conservation’s website! They have a great interactive map which shows each segment of the trail.
Stay with Finger Lakes Premier Properties
If you’re planning to hike the Finger Lakes Trail, be sure to book a vacation home from Finger Lakes Premier Properties. You won’t find a better selection of lakeside houses from any other rental management company. No matter the size of your group or the reason for your visit, you’ll find just what you need in our inventory.
Consider booking Dean Lake House, a property that is just a four-minute drive from Watkins Glen State Park. This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is perched on the edge of the lake and is perfect for hikers. You’ll love soaking in the Jacuzzi tub after a day of exploring, or enjoying the view of Seneca Lake from the veranda.
Take a look at our full selection of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.