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Best trails in Finger Lakes National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Finger Lakes National Forest, New York? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Finger Lakes National Forest ranging from 1.1 to 7.4 miles and from 1,607 to 1,840 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Finger Lakes National Forest encompasses 16,259 acres of Seneca and Schuyler counties, nestled between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State in the United States. The forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures, and woodlands. The Finger Lakes National Forest is the only national forest in New York State, and the only public land that has had an explicit philosophy of multiple use.

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#1 - Interloken Trail
Finger Lakes National Forest
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
Interloken Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Trumansburg, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optioShow more
#2 - Finger Lakes Trail
Finger Lakes National Forest
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
Finger Lakes Trail is a 7.4 mile out and back trail located near Burdett, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best usedShow more
#3 - Burnt Hill Trail
Finger Lakes National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
A relatively easy hike. The loop is a short 3.8 miles with a great view after re-entering the cow pasture looking WNW. There are a few intersecting trails that you can combine to make this a longeShow more
#4 - Finger Lakes Backbone Trail
Finger Lakes National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
Multi-use trail: Equestrian use, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiles. The trail includes creek crossings, occasional muddy spots, some sections of seasonal dirt road and pastures. Some gentlShow more
#5 - Finger Lakes Gorge Trail
Finger Lakes National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Finger Lakes Gorge Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burdett, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is priShow more
#6 - Potomac Trail
Finger Lakes National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Potomac Trail is a 2.7 mile loop trail located near Trumansburg, New York that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also ableShow more
#7 - South Slope Trail
Finger Lakes National Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 32 m
South Slope Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hector, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used foShow more