Walking Hiking Routes

New York

Chemung County:

  • The Catharine Valley Trail travels for 12 miles between Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen and Smith Road north of Pine Valley. The trail follows segments of the abandoned Northern Central Railroad and Chemung Canal towpath, which once ran through the Finger Lakes. Today, the route mostly parallels State Route 14. You'll find on-road sections in Watkins Glen and in the Millport area. Eventually the trail will head farther south to Horseheads.
  • The Lackawanna Rail Trail spans Elmira, New York, linking famous Eldridge Park with the city’s waterfront. The paved trail uses a former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad corridor for most of its route.
  • Big Flats Trail, a pleasant walk between wetland habitat and farmland, this short community trail sits atop a sewer line that  Corning Glassworks installed to serve its Big Flats plant. Corning provided the crushed stone surface for the trail.
  • Elmira NY tanglewood nature center trails - Tanglewood is  located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region. We are less than ten minutes from downtown Elmira, and we're easily accessible from the Twin Tiers area

Steuben County:

  • The Painted Post Trail - If you are near Corning, New York, and need a nice walk, check out this charming respite. The Painted Post Trail connects schools, playgrounds, other trails and residential neighborhoods west of Corning. The wide right-of-way (nearly 100 feet) accommodates the trail's interesting design: instead of following the straight line of the railroad track, the trail gently weaves through a grassy park setting.

Broome County:

  • Binghamton NY recreational Trails - The City of Binghamton’s Rivertrails enable you to take a brisk walk, jog or ride while surveying the splendid scenery. Plus, not far from your lodging, there are several neighborhoods with broad sidewalks and green spaces made just for the traveler. If you’re in the commercial district along the Vestal Parkway, take a health break on the Rail Trail. Then, just minutes from center-city, our magnificent county and state parks add a wide and deep variety of idyllic settings for you to enjoy.
  • The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is paved for bicyclists, inline skaters, and wheelchair users (the trail is fully ADA accessible). An 8-foot-wide unpaved surface runs adjacent to the trail for walkers and joggers.

Schuyler County:

  • Watkins Glen State Park: Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge.

Tioga and Tompkins County:

  • The Ridgeway Trail skirts the banks of Willseyville Creek along the abandoned rail bed of the Delaware & Lackawanna Railroad and the former Lehigh Valley Railroad. From south Willseyville the trail heads north into Tomkins County and ends at Ridgeway Road. The level trail is used by mountain bikers and hikers, and snowmobiles are permitted in winter. Follow the white blazes since many side trails cross the Ridgeway Trail.
  • The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former grade of the Cayuga and Susquehanna, built in 1849 to haul coal from Pennsylvania to a canal in Ithaca. The rail later merged with the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad, abandoned in 1957. The trail was developed in 1986 as an Environmental Quality Bond Act Project.
  • The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail traverses a natural area along Cascadilla Creek between Pine Tree Road and Game Farm Road. Then it cuts south from Pine Tree toward Maple Avenue, following it west for a short distance before heading south behind neighborhood back yards to Honness Lane.
  • Black Diamond Trail will one day stretch 15 miles to link four state parks in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Currently, 8 miles of the trail are open, which follow the Lehigh Valley Railroad route whose Black Diamond Express once ran from Buffalo to New York City and gives the rail-trail its name.
  • Finger lakes Trail - The Finger Lakes Trail System includes the main Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve. The main FLT is 558 miles long. There are six branch trails and 29 loop trails and spur trails that extend from the main FLT. These branch, loop and spur trails currently total 400 miles. Including the Main Trail and all branch, loop, and side trails, the Finger Lakes Trail System offers 958 miles of hiking.
  • Taughannock Falls State Park: Taughannock Falls State Park's namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. A multi-use trail-hiking, cross-country skiing-winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds.

Pennsylvania

Bradford County:

  • Mount Pisgah State Park - A series of hiking trails are suitable for everyone from the casual walker to the experienced hiker. The trails travel around the lake, through wooded areas, old fields, open farmland or rugged terrain. Certain trails are open in winter for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
  • Round top Park, Athens, PA - The Finger Lakes Trail System includes the main Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve. The main FLT is 558 miles long. There are six branch trails and 29 loop trails and spur trails that extend from the main FLT. These branch, loop and spur trails currently total 400 miles. Including the Main Trail and all branch, loop, and side trails, the Finger Lakes Trail System offers 958 miles of hiking.

Tioga County:

  • Lambs Creek Hike and Bike Trail - Tioga County Pa  In 1979 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saw value in this corridor near the Tioga River, which was part of the Erie Lackawanna Rail Line. It once passed through the village of Lambs Creek, which is no more. The Corps paved the former rail line and created the Lambs Creek Hike and Bike Trail. It still owns and maintains the trail today, with help from some local volunteers.
  • Tioga County Pa North of Mansfield lies the Railroad Grade Trail, know to locals as Ives Run. The 2.5-mile trail begins on the north end at the Ives Run Recreation area, near the boat launch parking lot. Travelers on the sometimes rough crushed stone surface are rewarded for their efforts in this seemingly secluded marsh area. The careful observer can view a variety of songbirds, waterfowl and game birds as you travel through the Bryant Hollow Wildlife Management Area. The trail ends near Pennsylvania Route 287.
  • Pine Creek Trail - Tioga County PA - One of the premier rail-trails in the Northeast, the Pine Creek Trail in Pine Creek Gorge offers travelers a spectacular 61-mile journey through the area commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. With numerous trailheads, comfort stations, campgrounds and small towns along the route, the well-maintained trail is ideal for an afternoon excursion or a longer trek. The trail is crushed limestone but is suitable for most bike tires.

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