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Finger Lakes Trail
The central section of the Finger Lakes Trail begins near the Vinehurst Motel off NY 54 near Hammondsport, NY. The trail winds through numerous state forests, three state parks and one national forest. The trail also crosses through many lands of private landowners. It is due to the generosity of these land owners that we have the privilege to hike through their property. Please stay on the trail while on private property. If the map doesn't match the blazes, use the blazes or even flags. There may have been an update that we are unaware of.
The North Country Trail coincides with the FLT up to its split in Cuyler State Forest. There are numerous great sections of the trail for hikers to explore. There's the fire tower in Sugar Hill State Forest and at Berry Hill near Bowman Lake State Park. The views from Finger Lakes National Forest, among many other scenic vistas. The trail within Watkins Glen State Park is called by many as one of the best sections of trail in New York. The central section ends in Bainbridge and the crossing of the Susquehanna River.
Below are links to maps and trail descriptions to the central sections of the Finger Lakes Trail. These are designed to assist in planning your hike. The Finger Lakes Trail Conference website has up to date trail conditions as well as hiking maps you can purchase from them.
Central Section of the Finger Lakes Trail
Mount Washington Birdseye Hollow State Forest South Bradford State Forest Goundry Hill State Forest Sugar Hill State Forest Watkins Glen State Park Finger Lakes National Forest Texas Hollow State Forest Connecticut Hill WMA Robert Tremen State Park Sweedler Nature Preserve Danby State Forest Shindagin State Forest Potato Hill State Forest Hammond Hill State Forest Kennedy State Forest Tuller Hill State Forest Hoxie Gorge State Forest Baker School House State Forest Taylor Valley State Forest Cuyler Hill State Forest Mariposa State Forest Bucks Brook State Forest Otselic State Forest Pharsalia WMA Pharsalia Woods State Forest McDonough State Forest & Bowman State Park Ludlow Creek State Forest Bowman Creek Section Bear Brook Section Basswood & Wiley Brook State Forest Bainbridge Finger Lakes Trail Eastern/Catskills Section
Are you planning a backpacking trip? Check out any of these books to help you prepare:
Paradise Garden Lean To in Mariposa State Forest
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