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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.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, moderate trail. Not much elevation change, but we did burnt hill loop from gorge trail/burnt hill road trailhead. Was lengthy and only challenging in a few muddy spots. Wear shoes you can get wet and muddy. It hadn’t rained much recently but there were still some pretty swampy spots. Was a lovely walk and it was cool to walk amongst the cows. Kerp your dog on the leash in the pasture for sure. Keep moving though - they don’t like you lingering, especially when your puppy keeps barking. We moved along swiftly and they turned to let us know they were watching. Nice round trip. Several decent primitive sites on burnt hill road. Blueberry patch was full when we came sat at 8 am. We didn’t plan to stay there - too close for us - but we wanted to check it out. The only difference between the campground and primitive sites was the toilet. We, as it seems everywhere we go, heard so much gunfire from a campsite up the road. Hundreds of rounds. Varying calibers. Sounded like they were getting wound up for a wild night when we headed out at 6 pm. I don’t mind a lil shooting- but good gravy. Just so much.

backpacking
4 months ago

I arrived at the Northern terminus at around 6 on a Friday (mid July) and parked there overnight. I headed South to Foster pond to camp overnight. There were a few campsites near the pond and they were all free, although it looked like they filled up by around noon on Saturday. Saturday I hiked to the Southern end of the trail and then back to the northern terminus where I parked. I started around 9am and I was in the car around 230.

The terrain was relatively flat. There were parts where the trail wasn't well maintained, there were some spots where downed trees blocked the trail.

I didn't see any streams that had running water, they were all dried up. I filled up my water at Foster pond.

mountain biking
4 months ago

This trail kicked my butt! I am fairly new to trail riding and wanted to try and test my limits. This trail is close. I enjoyed riding it and in a few spots walking it. I do have to say I made it through some things I wouldn't have thought I could do. All in all I will be back.

mountain biking
4 months ago

I have to say this trail was challenging for me being a beginner to trail riding. I had a good ride including the walking on some of the steeper hills. I will be back.

I've hiked it many times. Trail maintanance has noticeably declined over the years

backpacking
5 months ago

We had a great 3 day trip on this trail. It was well marked through enjoyable terrain. We traveled south 5.85 miles to Foster pond. This was the best camp site with a close by water source. We then traveled to the southern end of the trail, had lunch at the leanto and returned to Foster pond. It was a great 12 mile treck with a variety of trail and not much elevation change. We hiked out to our car on day 3. It was a fun challenge for fairly new backpackers. Thanks to those who maintain the trail. Your efforts are obvious!

Took this trail as the larger chunk of a 15-mile hike. It's a great trail, runs through a beautiful forest. Unfortunately, the trail isn't maintained until May, so fallen trees were a bit pesky. However, I'd recommend the trail to anyone looking for a pretty hike.

Took the dog for a quick 3 mile hike on a 10 degree day. Some light snow cover and very peaceful. The last stretch of road leading to the trail head is seasonal and probably not plowed, so if there's been a lot of snow, be prepared for that.

mountain biking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Very muddy and full of mosquitoes. started off at picnic rd . Trail started out nice first half mile and turned i to a very narrow over grown trail. Trail needs alot of work.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

An otherwise pretty hike ruined by a lack of any trail maintenance. 3 miles of hiking through sludge and horse poo is not enjoyable. Best bet is to park on Mathews road and hike the meadow, turn around and hike back to your car. Hiking in the forest = mud hike that is terrible. Shame as a well cared for that have proper water management would make this hike special. It looks like this trail has not been serviced in a number of years

backpacking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

A friend came up from NC and wanted to get an overnight hike in while in NY. After walking the loop at Watkins Glen, we hit the Interloken from the south. Got a later than expected stop and make camp at Foster Pond. Not a lot of clear running water sources, so fill up here. Finished up the out and back the next day.

A great trail with transitions from woods to active grazing fields and lots of boardwalks and puncheons.
The southern end is where you'll find the steepest parts but nothing beyond moderate in my opinion.

backpacking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

loved it. did it w my dog in a two day trip. blueberry patch was a great campground just about 7 mi in. the trail was undergoing some work but it was not an inconvenience. definitely want to plan another pass next year

backpacking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Completed this trail over Veteran's Day weekend 2016. Trail a little damp but for the season was great. The fall leaves were almost finished but still enough left to enjoy the walk. Stayed in nearby Dunham Shelter which was just a short walk on the intersecting Finger Lakes Trail. In the fall there was no trail traffic, the views were amazing and trail was well maintained.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Went backpacking for the night. Very hard to find a decent water source the ponds were basically swamps and all the streams were dried up

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nice easy trail that cuts through a cow pasture (cows present). Great views and nice wooded sections as well.

camping
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Was looking for a place to camp out for a night not too far out, but still far enough to feel embedded within the woods. Hiked around for a bit before we found a nice place to set up camp only about a mile or so away from where we parked our cars. A great place to go if you're looking for an easy camp.

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

The Interloken Trail is an amazing trail! It is relatively easy, but not to be overlooked. From end to end, you are offered views of Seneca Lake as you move from forest to pasture. For more info, please visit: www.RedTrailedHawk.com

cross country skiing
Monday, December 21, 2015

Tends to get the first and longest lasting snow on the east side of Seneca Lake due to its high elevation which captures the moisture of the prevailing westerlies. There will often be snow there when the rest of the area is bare.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Heavily wooded, easy access from Watkins Glen. Can be a good hike on a clear Autumn day.

hiking
Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hiked the Gorge Trail Loop today; well marked trail quite muddy at time but still nice. Fall colors are beautiful and the trail is covered with leaves.

camping
Monday, August 05, 2013

My group and I stayed at a place along the trail that had a very stable shelter with fire pits. The clearing was very nice, and the view from the camp site was amazing. We had a great time in complete isolation. This is a good place to go camping if you like solitude and peacefulness.

trail running
Monday, May 27, 2013

Beautiful trails all within an easy drive of Watkins Glen, with lots of great spots to just pull over and camp at trail heads. The trails cycle back to the main road making it easy to extend or expand your run or walk as much as you want.

hiking
Thursday, February 21, 2013

This looks like its part of the 12 mi Interloken trail. Its the Finger Lakes National Forest and part of the Finger Lakes Trail. It's a beautiful and varied trail. There are many ponds (I see at least a couple of pictures of Teeter Pond), pastures, woods with thick canopy, old roads that haven't been roads in years, and more. I've been there in Summer and Autumn. Highly recommended.

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