Finger Lakes National Forest Guide

Located in upstate New York, the Finger Lakes National Forest is the second smallest National Forest in the United States. It makes up for its size with its stunning beauty. There are magnificent waterfalls and deep gorges, as well as an abundance of wildflowers in the spring. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, and geocaching. On winter nights, visitors can sometimes see the spectacular Northern Lights from the park.

Where to Camp

Camping in Finger Lakes National Forest

With RVshare, you can find the perfect camper for your vacation in the Finger Lakes National Forest. Your family will appreciate the freedom and flexibility as well as the convenience that an RV gives while you enjoy this lovely part of upstate New York.

RV Rentals Near Finger Lakes National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Finger Lakes National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Finger Lakes National Forest

The Finger Lakes National Forest lies on a ridge, or backbone, between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. As such, there is a wide diversity of terrains within the boundaries of the park. The over 30 miles of trails traverse gorges, ravines, pastures, and woodlands. Here visitors will see many types of native grasses and shrubs as well as areas of old-growth forest. Among the animals that can be seen are white-tailed deer, beavers, bobcats, and red foxes. Other popular activities in the Finger Lakes National Forest include hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and biking. 

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How to get to Finger Lakes National Forest

Address: Hector Ranger Station at 5218 State Route 414, Hector, NY 14841

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Finger Lakes National Forest is a beautiful wilderness area that encompasses a wide variety of terrains. It is a great place for hiking, bird watching, biking, fishing, geocaching, and stargazing. RV camping is the best way to enjoy this beautiful park as you may see exciting spectacles such as the Northern Lights while close to your comfortably warm camper.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Finger Lakes National Forest

What type of wildlife lives in Finger Lakes National Forest?

Wildlife living in the Finger Lakes National Forest includes white-tailed deer, bobcats, red foxes, and beavers. A variety of birds also lives in the area, along with other animals.

How many hiking trails does Finger Lakes National Forest have?

The Finger Lakes National Forest has more than 30 miles of trails that cross a variety of terrains. Hikers can walk by gorges, pastures, woodlands, and many other features in the forest.

What is the closest town to Finger Lakes National Forest?

Burdett is one of the closest towns to the Finger Lakes National Forest. Watkins Glen is also nearby, and is a beautiful little town to visit, grab a bite to eat, and just enjoy wandering through for a day.

Is Finger Lakes National Forest open all year round?

Yes, the Finger Lakes National Forest is open year-round. Parts of the forest may be inaccessible in winter, but it's a great spot for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or birdwatching for winter fowl.

What is the best time to visit Finger Lakes National Forest?

Summer is the best time to visit the Finger Lakes National Forest. The weather is warm enough to enjoy hiking, paddling, or swimming in forest lakes. The forest is also the most accessible in summer, when all the snow has melted. Fall in the Finger Lakes National Forest is also a breathtaking time to visit.