Forever Wild: Finger Lakes National Forest

May 5, 2012 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Finger Lakes Summer

Hiking the Ravine Trail

At the highest spot between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes is a patchwork of 16,212 acres, known as the Finger Lakes National Forest. This area was all farm land 100 years ago and was then bought back by the government early in the 20th century, who returned it into forests and pasture land.

Finger Lakes Summer

what’s at the bottom of the ravine

Finger Lakes Summer

Long view towards Seneca Lake looking down Ball Diamond Rd.

On an early spring day, sunny and cold, I was surprised to see so many hikers and campers already enjoying the unspoiled beauty and privacy a large chunk of forest affords.

The park has many campsites, very inexpensive, and there are dates when the camping fee is waived in certain campsites. There is camping allowed even during very cold weather.

Finger Lakes Summer

The Backbone Trail makes a nice bike ride

We took bikes and hike to see as much of the 30+ miles of trails. Some trails are open to mountain bikes and horseback riding. There are also many roads through the park, many untraveled by cars, that we could ride, all at right angles, set perfectly N,S,E,W.

Finger Lakes Summer

Rugged trails cris-crossed with creeks flowing towards Seneca and Cayuga

The Finger Lakes National Forest is located in Hector NY off RT 414.

Finger Lakes Summer

Map of our ride. Multi terrain — great views of both lakes.

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