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Hiking & Bike Trails in the Finger Lakes

Explore the Region on Your Own Two Feet

From any perspective the Finger Lakes region is absolutely beautiful with so much to see. However, some would say to fully immerse yourself in the beauty, you need to experience it on the many hiking and biking trails throughout the region. 

Long and short, easy and hard, there are a wide variety of Finger Lakes hiking and bike trails to fit you

For some, the idea of hiking is a difficult trek across treacherous terrain and for others a hike resembles more of a leisurely stroll. It doesn’t matter which camp you fall into there is a Finger Lakes trail for you. Click on a trail below to for more information and find the perfect hiking or biking trail for your next visit to the Finger Lakes!

For even more information about hiking, biking, trails, and park recreation in the Finger Lakes region, please visit the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Finger Lakes Region NYS Parks


Finger Lakes Hiking Guide for Beginners

The Finger Lakes region of New York covers 9,000 square miles of rolling hills, crystal-clear lakes, jaw-dropping waterfalls, and quaint villages. You have numerous options for taking in this vast, picturesque landscape—from kayaking and boating to bicycling and snowshoeing—but sometimes, a good, old-fashioned hike is just what you need. Looking for all the best tips, tricks and best hiking spots for beginners in the Finger Lakes region?! Look no further! Explore all the best information for HIKING FOR BEGINNERS HERE!


Looking for some great tips and hiking essentials to have at all times? Check out this article 'Top 5 Essential Hiking Items to Have on You (At All Times!)' from our guest contributor Jamie Stone. Items you may not have thought about, the tried and true measure and how to maximize your hiking experience! 


#1 Auburn-Fleming Trail, Auburn

#2 Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area, Honeoye

#3 Finger Lakes trail, Letchworth Branch, Mount Morris

#4 Gleason Meadows & Frenchman's Bluff Trail System, Elmira

#5 Sterling Park & Nature Center Trails, Sterling

#6 Ontario Pathways, Phelps & Canandaigua

#7 Genesee Valley Greenway, Avon, Piffard, Mount Morris

#8 Park Station, Erin

#9 Between the Lakes Ride

#10 Stid Hill, Bristol

#11 Hemlock lake Loop, Hemlock

#12 Eldridge Park, Elmira

#13 Owasco Lake, Auburn

#14 The Bristol Hills, Canandaigua

#15 The Livingston Zam, Avon

#16 Catharine Valley Trail, Millport

#17 Blue Cut Nature Trails, Lyons

#18 Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, Penn Yan

#19 McCarthy Hill State Forest, Addison

#20 Six Mile Creek Gorge Trail, Ithaca

#21 Old River Road Bike Trail, Waverly

#22 Jenksville State Forest, Newark Valley

#23 Montezuma Audubon Center, Savannah

#24 Gorge/Rim Trail at Robert Treman State Park, Ithaca

#25 Orchard Outing, Sodus Point

#26 Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen

#27 Spanish Loop - Finger Lakes Trail, Virgil

#28 Sugar Hill State Forest, Watkins Glen

#29 Hammond Hill Trail, Dryden

#30 Tour of the Bay, Sodus Point

#31 Finger Lakes National Forest, Hector

#32 Bluff Point Tour, Penn Yan

#33 Dabes Diversion Loop - Finger Lakes Trail, Virgil

#34 Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Seneca Falls

#35 Taylor Valley Loop, Cortland

#36 Two Gorges Tour, Ithaca

#37 Spencer Crest Nature Center, Corning

#38 Finger Lakes Countrysides, Dresden

#39 Catharine Valley Trail, Montour Falls

#40 The Seneca Ride, Seneca Falls

#41 American Treasures Scenic Byway, Addison

#42 Great Finger Lakes State Parks and Wineries, Romulus

#43 Oakley Corners State Forest, Owego

#44 Hammondsport Circle Tour, Hammondsport

#45 Bike Route 1,2 and NYS 17, Owego

#46 Skaneateles Lake Loop, Homer

#47 Highland Forest County Park, Fabius (Hike Trail)

#48 Mendon Ponds Park, Mendon (Hike Trail)

#49 Rochester to Hamlin Beach State Park, Rochester Area (Bike Trail)

#50 Wind-Farm Loop, Cohocton (Bike Trail)

#51 Geneva Skyline Tour, Geneva (Bike Trail)

#52 West River Marsh Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area, Naples (Water Trail)

#53 Huckleberry Swamp, North Rose (Hike Trail)

#54 Parks to Golf to Ice Cream, Bloomfield & Victor (Bike Trail)

#55 Chimney Bluffs State Park, Huron (Hike Trail)

#56 Burned Over District Tour, Palmyra (Bike Trail)

#57 The 'Grand Canyon of the East' Letchworth State Park, Mt. Morris (Hike Trail)

#58 Ring Around Geneseo, Geneseo (Bike Trail)

#59 The Hills are Alive, Lakeville/Lima/Livonia (Bike Trail)

#60 Springwater-Hemlock Lake-Reynolds Gull (Hike Trail)

#61 Stony Brook Gorge and Rim Trails (Hike Trail)

#62 Gorham's Lakeviews and History (Bike Trail)

#63 Family Adventure, Avoca (Bike Trail)

#64 Victor Trails and Parks, Victor (Hike Trail)

#65 Canandaigua Outlet, Manchester (Water Trail)

#66 Mural Trail Tour, Lyons (Bike Trail)

#67 Hornby Park, Hornby, NY

#68 Kanakadea Park, Hornell, NY

#69 Corning Boyd's Corners, Cameron, NY

#70 Corning Michael C Fucci Memorial Park at Shawmut, Hornell, NY

#71 Corning Birdseye Hollow Park Trail, Bradford, NY

#72 Corning Antiquing Tour -- Savona Coopers Plains Loop

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1856 NY-392 Cortland, New York 13045

Greater Finger Lakes Region

Various Entry Locations throught the trail length Greater Finger Lakes Region, New York


1420 Taughannock Blvd Ithaca, New York 14850
202 E Court Street Ithaca, New York 14850
Ithaca, NY Ithaca, New York 14850

Mount Morris

6111 Visitor Center Road Mount Morris, New York 14510


1 Lake Niagara Lane Naples, New York 14512
6472 Gulick Road. Naples, New York 14512


132 Market St Palmyra, New York 14522


2221 Taughannock Park Rd. Trumansburg, New York 14886
2221 Taughannock Park Rd. Trumansburg, New York 14886

Watkins Glen

Rt.14, Franklin St. Watkins Glen, New York 14891