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  • Writer's pictureSara Aber

Take a hike in the Finger Lakes National Forest

The Finger Lakes National Forest is located on a ridge between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and covers 16,036 acres in the Finger Lakes. There are a variety of outdoor activities available in the National Forest, including auto travel, blueberry picking, hunting and fishing, observing nature and wildlife, recreation, and free camping. There are over 30 miles of interconnecting trails, including the 12-mile Interloken Trail and two miles of the North Country Trail, which can be used for hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Three developed campgrounds are maintained on the Forest, including Blueberry Patch Campground, Potomac Group Campground, and Backbone Horse Campground.

Here are some things you can do in the Finger Lakes National Forest:

  1. Hiking: The Finger Lakes National Forest has over 30 miles of trails for visitors to explore, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty. The trails offer scenic views of gorges, waterfalls, and forests.

  2. Camping: The national forest has several campgrounds where visitors can set up tents or park RVs. There are also several backcountry camping areas for those who prefer to hike and camp in more remote areas.

  3. Fishing: Visitors can fish in the many streams and creeks that flow through the national forest. The forest is home to several species of trout, bass, and other fish.

  4. Hunting: The national forest allows hunting in designated areas during the hunting season. Visitors must follow all state hunting regulations.

  5. Wildlife Viewing: The Finger Lakes National Forest is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, black bears, bald eagles, and many bird species. Visitors can observe wildlife from designated viewing areas.

  6. Snowmobiling and Cross-Country Skiing: In the winter, visitors can snowmobile or cross-country ski on designated trails in the national forest.

  7. Scenic Drives: The national forest has several scenic drives that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

  8. Horseback Riding: The national forest has several trails that are open to horseback riding. Visitors must bring their own horses and follow all regulations. (or use D&K Ranch and ride their horses!)

  9. Mountain Biking: The national forest has several trails that are open to mountain biking. Visitors must follow all regulations and wear appropriate safety gear.


If you want to spend some time in the Finger Lakes National Forest and be led around by a local, go see Jolene and Kelly at D&K Ranch in Interlaken!





Courtesy of the Finger Lakes National Forest website

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