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Finger Lakes National Forest

Hector, Schuyler County

Finger Lakes National Forest, beaver, trail


The Finger Lakes National Forest lies on a ridge-called the backbone-between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the Finger Lakes region. New York State's only national forest, this multi-use land is reminiscent of western national forests with a great deal of open land and free-ranging cattle. The forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands. The forest is managed to provide a diversity of native forestlands, shrublands and grasslands, including areas of native older forests, diverse wildlife habitats, quality recreation areas and forage for livestock.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Visitors center
  • Roadways
  • Trails
  • Ponds

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Cross country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Horseback riding
  • Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Nearby opportunities include exploring Seneca Lake, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail or one of the many museums


Approximately 16, 176 acres

Closest Town



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Contact Information

Address: 5218 State Route 414, Hector, NY 14841

Telephone: 607-546-4470

Website: Finger Lakes National Forest (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo Credits: Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce