This is: Hiking in Central NY

A few years ago I became obsessed with hiking. I’ll find any excuse to get outside and explore. Mountains are my favorite, but when I don’t have the time to drive to the ADKs, I’ll find local adventures instead. Recently, I started an online fitness group for people who actually suck at fitness (we would much rather spend our time pounding White Claws and Sweet Chili Doritos than working out). I promised the girls I would come up with a hiking challenge for the month of May so I have compiled a list of my favorite and recommended hikes for the Central NY area. There are obviously a lot more amazing hikes in this area but hopefully this will get you started. Two great apps I recommend are the AllTrails app and the Geocaching app. Alltrails allows you to read reviews about hikes, see photos, record your hike and more. If you’ve never geocached then look it up and get started, you won’t regret it!

Cayuga County

Fillmore Glen State Park

Herkimer County

Bald Mountain

Jefferson County

Black River Trail

Robert G. Wehle State Park

Sacket Harbor Battlefield History Trail

Totman Gulf (Mooney Gulf) Trail

  • Totman Gulf Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail that features a river, gorge, and waterfall and is good for all skill levels.
  • Lemay Road, Adams, NY (Proceed south from Adams on US 11.  About three miles after leaving the village, take a left on the Lemay Road.  Continue 2.2 miles.  The pavement will end and you will come to a pull-off on the left.  Park here.)
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Lewis County

Whetstone Gulf State Park

Oneida County

Pixley Falls State Park

Onondaga County:

Beaver Lake

Chittenango Falls State Park

  • A picturesque 167-foot waterfall is the main attraction of Chittenango Falls State Park! Glacial sculpting over 400 million-year-old bedrock is responsible for this scenic feature. An interesting variety of both plants and wildlife may be found along the trails. Visitors can view the falls from the top, walk the winding trail into the gorge view the falls from the footbridge and return to the top along the small trail on the opposite side of the gorge. Activities include fishing, hiking and picnicking.
  • 2300 Rathbun Rd., Cazenovia, NY
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Clark Reservation

Green Lakes State Park

Labrador Hollow Unique Area

Pratts Falls

Oswego County:

Amboy 4H Environmental Center

Camp Zerbe Nature Park

Great Bear Recreational Area

Mexico Point State Park

  • Mexico Point Park is situated on 120 acres and provides the public with serene picinc areas, nature trails, swimming, and cultural experiences. Visitors can walk to many locations within the 120 acre park including the 1/4 mile trail to historic Spy Island and Roop’s Loop, and the 3/4 mile self-interpretive nature trail.
  • 120 Mexico Point Drive West, Mexico, NY
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Rainbow Shores/Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area

  • Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area is an 1,195-acre New York State Wildlife Management Area with a 4,500-foot sandy beach on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario
  • Access Trail from the dirt road at the end of South Rainbow Shores Road.
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Rice Creek Field Station

Salmon River Falls

Selkirk Shores State Park

Winona Forest

Seneca County

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Wayne County

Chimney Bluffs State Park

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