Lace Up! Here Are Our Favorite Trails for Hiking in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region of New York state is known for its natural beauty. From valleys to mountaintops to lakes, there’s plenty of outdoor adventure to be found here. With a multitude of state parks are nature preserves, it’s no wonder that hiking in the Finger Lakes is one of the most popular activities among locals and visitors alike. If you’re planning a trip to the Hammondsport area, you’ll love these hiking trails near Keuka Lake!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, get a copy of our free Hammondsport Destination Guide. This guide contains local insight into the places to explore in our area, including more recommendations on outdoor recreation near Keuka Lake!  

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4 of the Best Places for Hiking Near Keuka Lake 

1. Keuka Outlet Trail 

Keuka Outlet Trail is a 6.8-mile-long trail system bordering the Keuka Lake Outlet. As you follow this rail trail between Penn Yan and Dresden, you’ll pass cascading waterfalls, flowing creeks, old mill sites, and more! This hiking trail is suitable for all ability levels, so it’s a great option for family or group travelers! 

2. Keuka Lake State Park 

Keuka Lake State Park is another great spot for hiking in the Finger Lakes. This 621-acre New York state park has eight hiking trails that range from 0.4 miles to 1.3 miles long. Some trails lead to the beach while others guide visitors into the dense, forested areas of the park. View the park’s trail map to plan the route that interests you most! 

3. Finger Lakes Trail  

With 1,000 miles of hiking trails from Allegany State Park to Catskill Forest Preserve, the Finger Lakes Trail system is the most impressive recreation area in the region. The town of Hammondsport is near the Bristol Hills Branch Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail. In fact, there’s a trail entrance about a mile from our hotel! View this interactive map to start planning your route. 

4. Watkins Glen State Park 

Watkins Glen State Park is one of the most popular spots for hiking in the Finger Lakes. Located just a 30-minute drive from Hammondsport, this New York state park is home to the famed Gorge Trail. The 1.5-mile-long Gorge Trail follows the flow under Glen Creek, which descends 400 feet, creating 19 waterfalls along the path. It’s especially beautiful in the spring after it’s rained! 

Rest Your Legs at The Hammondsport Hotel 

Room at Hammondsport Hotel

You’re sure to be tired after a day of hiking in the Finger Lakes. Rest your body and mind with a stay at The Hammondsport Hotel. Plus, our hotel located on the southern tip of Keuka Lake is just a short drive from these hiking trails!  

We offer four accommodations including Standard 2 Queen Rooms2 Queen SuitesStandard King Rooms, and King Suites. Overnight guests can also enjoy our complimentary hotel amenities! 

Check our availability to start planning your trip to Hammondsport!