Hiking, backpacking and camping are the essence of scouting outdoor activities, there are great hikes, wonderful scenery and wonderful spots to camp and rest. The trail runs 562.9 miles from the Alleghany State Park on the NY/PA border to Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve. This section of the trail is also within the corridor for the North Country National Scenic Trail which is to stretch from New York to North Dakota. For more information visit www.fingerlakestrail.org
For all sorts of outdoor fun and culture around Central New York go to fingerlakes.allwny.com/finger_lakes_outdoors.html , choose from numerous commercial boating activities on the Fingerlakes, from kayaking and canoeing to dinner cruises, paddleboat excursions and sailing charters. Hunting, fishing, golf, horseback riding, wine tours , art and culture are all here for visitors to enjoy. In winter months enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country and snowmobile trails.
Tourism & Sightseeing
Throughout the year there are many wonderful things to do and see, the Renaissance Festival in Sterling, Sugar Maple tapping, State Parks, the Erie Canal, free music at Taughannock, July 4th fireworks, Grassroots Festival , the Hill Cumorah pageant in Palmyra or the Sauerkraut Festival in Phelps. To get a more complete listing of things to see in CNY visit www.visitfingerlakes.com/events.asp
Getting into the woods and trails is a great way to see the diversity of wildlife and plants in the area, snakes and salamanders, raptors, turtles, beaver, turkeys, maybe even a bear. Visit the nationally accredited bird sanctuary at Montezuma where over 315 species have been identified since it was established in 1937. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is another great resource and fun and education combine at Cayuga Nature Center. For a full listing of nature centers in the Central New York region go to www.dec.state.ny.us/website/education/reg7.html