Consider the eleven pristine glacier-carved ice-blue Finger Lakes, as well as dozens of others not on the "big lake" list, all surrounded by gorges hiding over 1,000 waterfalls, rolling hills with hundreds of vineyards, dozens of white-water streams, rivers, the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, more than 25 State Parks, a National Forest and a world-famous Wildlife Refuge, making the region itself one singular 9,000 square-mile natural attraction. Amazingly, nearly all of our natural attractions are easily accessible. Sorry, there are a few you might have to hike to, but we didn’t build Mother Nature, we’re just showing her off!
Taughannock Falls State Park with its knifing 215-foot freefall waterfall; Watkins Glen State Park that includes an incredible gorge with a stunning series of 19 falls. More Finger Lakes Attractions....
There are well known nature centers open to the public throughout the region, including Lime Hollow near Cortland, Cayuga Nature Center north of Ithaca, Cumming Nature Center near Naples, Tanglewood Nature Center near Elmira and the Waterman Conservation Center in Apalachin.
The Finger Lakes are blessed with so much we wanted to remind you of a few more incredible stops along the way. Ithaca has a stunning “collection” of gorges and falls, in fact it’s famous for it, including Ithaca Falls, enormous at 150 feet high by 175 feet wide! Also Buttermilk Falls State Park and Robert Treman State Park, both offer spectacular falls, hiking trails, and views.
Traverse the 552-mile long Finger Lakes Trail network, which connects the Catskill Mountains with the Allegheny Mountains. The trail passes through remote areas of the southern Finger Lakes of New York State.