Fourteen counties surround the 11 pristine glacier-carved ice-blue Finger Lakes, plus dozens more small lakes. You’ll find gorges hiding more than 1,000 waterfalls, vineyards, state parks, a natural forest and inviting towns and villages that take pride in their rich heritage.
Savor the natural beauty, of which there’s plenty. Visit Letchworth State Park (the “Grand Canyon of the East”), Taughannock Falls State Park or Watkins Glen State Park for stunning waterfalls, gorges and cliffs. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge attracts large flocks of waterfowl each year. And the Finger Lakes themselves provide scenic vistas.
Experience the rich culture. American history runs deep here. Museums abound in the many small towns. Notables include the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport which features the life works of this aviation pioneer including the first plane to land on water, and the Genessee Country Village and Museum with over 50 period buildings and authentically costumed craftspeople. The New York State Canal passes through the northern portion of the region. Visit more than 100 wineries that produce more than 100 million bottles of wine each year.
RVers will find plenty of good campgrounds that take full advantage of the region’s wooded beauty. Flint Creek Campground, nestled in the valley between Candaigua Lake, Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake, prides itself on being a family campground with year-round activities. The Watkins Glen-Corning KOA Camping Resort sits in the heart of the southern Finger Lakes with many of the region’s attractions within a 30-to-45-minute drive. Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks were named among America’s top 100 campgrounds by ReserveAmerica.
Learn more about the Finger Lakes region at www.fingerlakes.org