Located in New York, the hiking in Finger Lakes offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best Finger Lakes hiking based on popularity are considered to be Finger Lakes Trail, Shindagin Hollow State Forest, Hammond Hill State Forest, Robert Treman State Park, and Danby State Forest. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Finger Lakes hiking trail below.
The Finger Lakes Trail is a 562 mile trail system routed through southern New York. The hiking route stretches from Allegany State Park in the west to Lewiston-Queenstone Bridge on the Niagara River to the Finger Lakes National Forest, and on eastward to the Catskills. The trail is marked with 2x6 inch vertical paint blazes or by plastic blazes on posts or trees along the route.
Northwest of Ithaca, the Taughannock Falls State Park has 7 miles of trails along and in the gorge formed by the Taughannock Creek. The two best hiking trails in the park are the Rim Trail and the Gorge Trail. The Rim Trail is a 5 mile route encircling the gorge. The Gorge Trail is a 1 mile route through the gorge to Taughannock Falls (215 feet tall).
East of Seneca Lake and Burdett, the Interloken Trail is a 12 mile route that traverses the Forest 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 and more open through some pastures.