Finger Lakes Trail

Get to know the Finger Lakes Trail!

Anyone who knows upstate New York, knows that there is no shortage of outdoor activities to take part in.  There are the obvious attractions like Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, and of course, Niagara Falls.  But as you get to know a given area of the state, you begin to see how much there is to see and do in the great outdoors.  Just one of these great overlooked treasures of New York is the Finger Lakes Trail system.  You may have driven by the green signs along the road depicting a hiker and wondered briefly, what that was.  If you go to the Finger Lakes Trail Association website you can get all the details.

However, here is short description taken from their website:

“The Finger Lakes Trail system, over 950 miles in length, runs from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve, with branch trails to Niagara Falls, the Genesee River valley, the Great Eastern Trail south of Corning, the central Finger Lakes, and the Syracuse region. From the PA border to the northeast end of the Onondaga Branch, the Finger Lakes Trail is also the North Country National Scenic Trail. This system is built and maintained almost entirely by volunteers. Covering some of the most scenic land in New York, we welcome you to hike it, and volunteer to keep it beautiful.”

The great thing about the FLT is that you can hike a stretch wherever you see a marked trailhead, anywhere in the state.

So next time you’re driving around upstate New York and you see one of those signs, pull over and go for hike, you won’t be disappointed!

— Frank Myka