Finger Lakes National Forest

About Us

One of only three national forests in the northeast, Finger Lakes National Forest covers over 16,000 acres on the east side of Seneca Lake, just a few minutes north of the village of Watkins Glen.


The forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands. The trails provide the opportunity for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and more.

The forest is managed to provide a diversity of native forestlands, shrublands and grasslands, including areas of native older forests, diverse wildlife habitats, quality recreation areas and forage for livestock.


There is backcountry camping available, as well as camping at several developed camping areas.

Where to Begin?

Pick up maps and get great advice from the friendly Rangers at the Hector Ranger Station, located at 5218 State Route 414, Hector, NY 14841

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