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Hiking the Finger Lakes Trails: Trees and Gorges in Wine Country

Hike the scenic trails of the Finger Lakes region with a naturalist as you learn about waterfalls, wildlife and unique geology. Plus, sample world-renowned wines at local vineyards!
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Program No. 12667RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Known for its pristine forests and decadent local wineries, the Finger Lakes region offers much to be seen and savored. Join us for a unique hiking adventure that explores the gorges, hills and waterfalls of this scenic area, and stop to sample the flavors of some of New York’s finest vineyards. With expert naturalists, learn about the geologic wonders of local state parks — as well as the waterfalls in Watkins Glen and Ithaca — and hike on trails around Keuka, Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 4-6 miles per day on moderate to hilly terrain. Sag wagon offered at mid-point of each day's hike.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At a vineyard along Seneca Lake, learn about its grape harvest and savor some of its most popular wines.
  • Learn about Iroquois culture during a evening storytelling performance "Tales From the Longhouse."
  • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Neil Yoder
Neil Yoder previously served as the program director at the Watson Homestead. He now oversees the facility but since he is a dedicated hiker, he will still be our hike leader for three days per week. He is an avid outdoorsman, hikes world peaks and is a great storyteller.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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