Finger Lakes Trail

Total distance: 71.6 miles

Difficulty level(s): easy, moderate, moderate to difficult,

The Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) crosses Tompkins County with an 80-mile section of "New York's premier footpath." The FLT enters Tompkins county between Todd Road and Connecticut Hill Road in the Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, and leaves near Lake Road in the Town of Dryden, with a 2.2 mile section crossing the northeast corner of Tioga County. The trail includes 60 miles of the main FLT and 20 miles of branch and spur trails. Statewide, the FLT is a 1,000 mile trail system of hiking trails from Allegheny Start Park to the Catskills with branch trails to Niagara Falls, Letchworth Park, the Bristol Hills, Corning, the Finger Lakes National Forest, and the headwaters of the Tioughnioga river near Cazenovia. The main FLT is also the route of the North Country National Scenic Trail as it passes through Tompkins County on its 4,500 mile track from North Dakota to Vermont. Constructed and maintained by volunteers, the trail crosses both public and private lands with the permission of the public agencies and private landowners. In Tompkins County, the trail is managed and maintained by volunteers of the Cayuga Trails Club. This hiking treasure offers opportunities for long-distance hikers, overnight backpackers, serious day hikers on out-and back or one way hikes using two vehicles, and casual hikers, walkers, and nature lovers of all kinds for short walks and loop hikes. Before hiking on the FLT, please check the official Trail Conditions and Interactive Map and the Finger Lakes Trail Website as some sections of the trail may have changed recently due to hunting closures, route changes, and other conditions.

Individual Trails at This Site

These trails have their own narrative, photos, and additional trail information.

Trail Sites

The Finger Lakes Trail encompasses trails made from multiple sites, please select among any of these sites below to learn more.

Parking Locations

Multiple parking options may be specific to certain trails within this site.

Trail Attributes

  • Good for Hiking
  • Good for Running
  • Good for Cross-Country Skiiing
  • Good for Snowshoeing
  • Lakes visible
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Unique Wildlife Viewing
  • Picnicking allowed
  • Restrooms available

More Info

Part of interconnected trail system: Yes

Trail Surface: Earth, Gravel/Stone Dust, White, Orange, Blue blazes

Trail Markers: orange/blue blazes, white blaze, orange blaze, no, finger lakes trail blazes, orange, white blazes, yellow trail markers, yellow blazes, orange blazes, white blazes, white, orange blazes, red trail markers, wayfinding signs, yes

This trail contains a loop.

Hunting is allowed on this trail - use caution.

This trail is closed during firearm deer hunting season.

This trail is open year round.