Synonymous with Mother Nature’s colorful spectrum of reds, oranges, yellows and all shades in between, fall on the Finger Lakes Trail will not disappoint. Early in the season, hike during the peak of autumn’s transformation, and later, trek to the trail’s highest points to take in clear views after the leaves have fallen.
Everyone has their own meaning of fall. There’s the sweater weather types, pumpkin patch goers and apple picking lovers – but for the diehard adventurers, hiking in the fall is top of mind (maybe in addition to these other things, too). And with mild autumn days offering cooler temperatures and beautiful transforming foliage, what more could a hiker and adventurer ask for?
Travel across a portion of the Finger Lake Trail’s nearly 1,000 miles and make side trips to New York State Parks along the way to take in the incredible gorge setting of Letchworth State Park, the fiery foliage against deep forest greens in Robert H. Treman State Park, and the rainbow of colors in Bowman Lake State Park.
Plan your Fall Finger Lakes Trail Hike
Fall also means the beginning of hunting season for many. Because of this, and more than any other time of year, it’s crucial for hikers, no matter their level of experience, to put safety above all else by planning ahead for a fall hike.
Visit the Finger Lakes Trail’s website for up-to-date hiking restrictions and trail conditions, always wear blaze orange along the trail, and be respectful of the many private landowners who graciously permit portions of Finger Lakes Trail to pass over their land.
Start planning your next fall hiking adventure – venture through the kaleidoscope of colors this autumn on the Finger Lakes Trail.
- 28°F - 69°F
- Midweight base layers
- Rain gear
- Down sweater or jacket
- Insulated boots
- Midweight, waterproof gloves, mittens and hat
- Down sleeping bag
- Buff, neckwarmer
- Insulated water bottle blanket
- Hunting restrictions starting October 1