New York
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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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 and foresters, 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 classroom presentations and in the woods with a Seneca forester.
  • Hike along the famous gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and view the spectacular waterfalls of the lower Gorge.
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Michael DeMunn
Michael is a professional forester and conservationist with the Finger Lakes Land trust. He is also a Seneca (Iroquois) Hawk Clan member, writer and artist. Michael lives near the Finger Lakes National Forest, along the east side of Seneca Lake, and offers tours of regional old growth forest parcels. He is also the forester for the 500 acre Watson Homestead property and has written a forestry management guide for its preservation of particularly exceptional stands of white pine and hemlock. Michael leads woods walks for both the Iroquois and Hiking Road Scholar programs.rams.
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