Hiking The Finger Lakes Trail

The 13th most popular hiking trail in New York.

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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 (the only exception is in the Catskill Forest which uses disk blazes).

The FLT connects with several other major trail systems via five branch trails. In the southwest, it connects with the North Coutry Trail in the Allegheny National Forest. In the north, it connects with the Connservation Trail, which in turn connects with the Bruce Trail in Canada. In the east near the Catskills, it connects with the Long Path Trail. In all, the main trail and the branch trails total over 850 miles of trail. In addition to the branch trails, there are also 14 loop trails which return to the main FLT.

Since the FLT is covered by 49 individual maps, these maps are not provided online. These maps are available directly from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference.

Overall, Finger Lakes Trail is the 13th most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in New York. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Finger Lakes Trail including Hammond Hill State Forest, Shindagin Hollow State Forest, Gorge Trail, Rim Trail, Danby State Forest and Interloken Trail System.

Finger Lakes Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Finger Lake Trail Conference (585) 658-9320; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New York" from Rhonda Ostertag

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fltconference.org/trail/

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  8/3/2016

ID:  14483

Finger Lakes Trail Hiking Map


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