Explore the State Parks Along the Trail
Passing through eight New York State Parks, the Finger Lakes Trail spans a vast terrain of highs and lows, beautiful gorges, cascading waterfalls and unique places that reveal just how special this corner of the world is.
Beginning in the east at Allegany State Park and winding north and south through Letchworth State Park's brilliant gorge, Watkins Glen State Park's towering cliffs, and ending at Oquaga Creek State Park before heading toward the Catskill Forest Preserve, hiking through each park along the main Finger Lakes Trail offers unique amenities, attractions, activities, and events throughout the year.
Often the first or last park along the trail for long-distance hikers, 18 miles of the trail pass through Allegany, dotted with rolling hillsides, beautiful meadows and sparkling lakes.
Access this park via the Conservation Trail, a branch trail of the Finger Lakes Trail, and stop in Darien Lakes or continue onto Canada’s Bruce Trail.
Also known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the East,’ Letchworth offers incredible waterfall hiking, views from atop its deep gorge, and some of the FLT’s most beautiful scenery.
Hike the famous Rim Trail in Watkins Glen and take in the stunning landscape of this geological wonder, home to 19 cascading waterfalls.
Waterfalls are the highlight of this sometimes underrated New York State Park. See Lucifer Falls from above, or relax in the natural-fed swimming pool at Lower Falls.
This beautiful park can be accessed via the Buttermilk Park Spur. Camp here for the night and enjoy its natural swimming pool to cool off on a warm summer day.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find a camper’s paradise in Bowman Lake, home to a brief section of the Finger Lakes Trail. Don’t miss Berry Hill Fire Tower just north of the park.
The last, and sometimes first, park on the Finger Lakes Trail, Oquaga Creek is highlighted by 55-acre Arctic Lake and the expansive 2,858-acre Arctic China State Forest.
For more information or to make camping reservations, visit parks.ny.gov.