Five-Star Trails Finger Lakes and Central New York  by Timothy Starmer

Five-Star Trails: Finger Lakes & Central New York Guide Book

by Timothy Starmer (Menasha Ridge Press)
Five-Star Trails Finger Lakes and Central New York  by Timothy Starmer
The Finger Lakes and Central New York are not known for rugged mountains and their panoramic vistas which are so commonly sought in the Adirondacks to the north. They hardly could be - the area was scoured clean by glaciers millennia ago. But don’t let that fool you, the region is full of natural wonders of its own. Instead of mountains and ridges, the region is known for rolling drumlins, an abundance of scenic gorges, quiet woodlands, beautiful waterfalls and picturesque lakes. Trails included in Five-Star Trails: Finger Lakes and Central New York by Tim Starmer feature a broad mixture of these landscapes and were carefully selected to give the most varied but also rewarding experience when picking a trail.

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Trails from the "Five-Star Trails: Finger Lakes & Central New York" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 37.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 37.

For such a small park, Baltimore Woods packs a lot of great hiking features in its 182 acres. Varied terrain, distinct habitats, and lots of wildlife activity make it an excellent trip. The beaver act ...
Fabius, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
In a region of forested hills, the aptly named Bare Hill is wrought with rumors about the origin of its unique character. Regardless of the veracity of the legends surrounding the hill, the trail here ...
Gorham, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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Just northwest of Syracuse, Beaver Lake Nature Center is an excellent excursion for families or anyone who simply wants to enjoy a serene lakeside stroll. The lake trail is popular among runners, whil ...
Baldwinsville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
Waterfalls, dramatic waterscapes, and handsome stonework are all iconic images of the state parks in the Finger Lakes region.  e Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls won’t let you down in providing all th ...
Ithaca, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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After exploring the turbulent gorge along Buttermilk Creek, Lake Treman is a strikingly calm and placid setting. Wildlife frequents the lake, providing an excellent opportunity for birding and animal ...
Ithaca, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
The hike along Canadice Lake’s western shore follows access roads for the Rochester Water Department. Consequently the trail is broad and in excellent condition. Slightly more invigorating than the la ...
Springwater, NY - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Fishing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 8
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Certainly the main attraction here is the spectacular Carpenter’s Falls. Nearly 90 feet tall, it is a beautiful example of a “hanging” falls, typical across the Finger Lakes region. ough the lakeside ...
Moravia, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Central New York is not known for its beaches or its coastal trails. How could it be?  e region is hundreds of miles inland. Yet hiking the Chimney Bluff s trail makes you feel as if you are along on ...
Hannibal, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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If you feel that the trails around Green Lakes State Park are too developed and you want to explore something with a wilder feel, then the trails at Clark Reservation might just hit the spot. The park ...
Jamesville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.25
Conklin Gully can be hiked as a short circuit or as the beginning and end of a much longer loop through the High Tor Wildlife Management Area. The short loop along the rim of a deeply incised ravine o ...
Naples, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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This relatively straightforward loop through a quiet woodland is actually one of the highest points found within the Finger Lakes region. there are no panoramic vistas, but the trail has enhanced tri ...
Alpine, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
The trail described is sometimes referred to as the Van Lone Hill Trail Loop and begins along a relatively fl at section along the North Country Trail/Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) but also includes some ...
Alpine, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.7
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Much of the rolling terrain in Cuyler Hill State Forest passes through extensive tree planting by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crews from the 1930s. Varied terrain, seasonal streams, and diff ere ...
De Ruyter, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
With lots of climbs and descents, as well as a variety of diff erent woodland environments, Abbott Hill Loop provides a great excursion for hikers who want to stretch their legs a bit. Long loops are ...
Spencer, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.3
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Fillmore Glen has much in common with the other gorge-centric state parks in the region, Buttermilk Falls (pages 157 and 164), Robert H. Treman (page 175), Taughannock Falls (pages 133 and 139), and W ...
Moravia, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
Unique to the area and to New York, the trails at Finger Lakes National Forest are the only hiking trails within the state that reside on federal land. There are no national parks in New York—only nat ...
Burdett, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.8
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Of this park’s 1,955 acres, more than half of the acreage lies above and beyond the lakes. Yet many of the visitors to Green Lakes State Park don’t realize that the park extends far beyond the lakesid ...
Chittenango, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
The loop around Green and Round Lakes is one of the flattest and easiest trails featured in the book. Often crowded and certainly busy any time of the year, this park won’t provide privacy (for that, ...
Chittenango, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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Though this is the shortest hike featured in the book, it is far from short on adventure. ere is no actual trail of which to speak; rather you explore the glen along the creek bank or rock-hop throu ...
Naples, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
The High Tor Wildlife Management Area is made up of three sections that total 6,100 acres.  e trail described here circumnavigates the larger of these sections (3,400 acres).  e 9.2-mile loop has a ...
Naples, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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