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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Finger Lakes

A local resident takes advantage of a snowy day in late February to snowshoe at the Cornell University Plantations in Ithaca, New York, USA.

Cross-country skiing is very popular in the Finger Lakes and snowshoeing is beginning to be more popular as well. There are many, many places where you can ski and snowshoe, most often for free. State parks, state forests, wildlife management areas, nature centers, and the Erie Canalway Trail System usually allow skiing and may even have designated trails, but they often don't provide amenities like trail grooming and rentals. However, these places are often more quiet and have fewer visitors than dedicated ski areas, allowing for a wilderness-type of experience. (You will almost certainly have to break your own trail, but this can be part of the fun.) Some golf courses also permit skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, but you shouldn't assume that they do. Always check with the golf course beforehand.

Clubs

Cayuga Nordic Ski Club

Onondaga Ski Club

Rochester Nordic Ski Club

Rochester XC Ski Foundation

Guided Tours

Pack, Paddle, Ski, Corp.

6237 South Lima Rd.

Livonia, NY 14487

585-346-5597

Lessons

Pack, Paddle, Ski, Corp.

6237 South Lima Rd.

Livonia, NY 14487

585-346-5597

Equipment Rentals

Cornell Outdoor Education

Phillips Outdoor Program Center

B01 Bartels Hall, Campus Rd.

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

607-255-6183

Podunk Cross Country Ski Shop

9147 State Rt. 96

Interlaken, NY 14847

607-387-6716

Places to Ski and Snowshoe

CAYUGA COUNTY

Auburn-Fleming Trail

Cato-Fair Haven Trail

Hannibal-Hojack Trail

Howland Island

CHEMUNG COUNTY

Catharine Valley Trail

Eldridge Park map

Park Station map

CORTLAND COUNTY

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

Heiberg Memorial Forest

Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture

(rents equipment for use on its trails)

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Genesee Valley Greenway

MONROE COUNTY

Black Creek Park map

Crescent Trail*

Durand-Eastman Park map

Ellison Park map

Genesee County Museum

Genesee Valley Greenway

Genesee Valley Park map

Harris Whalen Park

Lehigh Valley Trail Linear Park map

Mendon Ponds Park map

Northhampton Park map

Oatka Creek Park map

Powder Mills Park map

Rochester Syracuse & Eastern Trolley Trail*(a.k.a. Perinton Hikeway-Bikeway) map

Rush Oak Openings (Quinn Oak Openings) map

Seneca Park map

Turning Point Park

Veterans' Memorial Park Nature & Fitness Trails

Webster Park map

ONONDAGA COUNTY

Charlie Major Nature Trail

This is a short trail of about .5 mi./.8 km. that runs between Old Seneca Turnpike and Crow Hill Road in the Town of Skaneateles. Park at either end. Best after new snow.

Four Seasons Golf & Ski

Highland Forest

Long Branch Park (West Shore Trail)

New Seneca Turnpike Conservation Area

In the Town of Skaneateles just east of Gully Road on New Seneca Turnpike (State Route 41).

Oneida Shores Park

Onondaga Lake Park

Powder Mills Park map

Pratt's Falls

Sunnycrest Park

ONTARIO COUNTY

Auburn Trail

Bristol Harbour Resort

Bristol Mountain Ski Resort

Canadice Lake Trail

Cumming Nature Center

Fishers Park

Lehigh Crossing Park

Lehigh Trail

MaryFrances Bluebird Haven

This site is across the road from the Monkey Run Trails (see below). See also: MFBH

Monkey Run Trails

Ontario Pathways

SCHUYLER COUNTY

Arnot Teaching and Research Forest

Catharine Valley Trail

Finger Lakes National Forest

SENECA COUNTY

Finger Lakes National Forest

Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Podunk Cross Country Ski Shop

9147 State Rt. 96, Interlaken, NY 14847 607-387-6716

STEUBEN COUNTY

Boyd's Corner Park

Like Kanakadea and Hornby parks, Boyd's Corner is a county park. It is located in the Town of Cameron on County Route 123. Its hiking trail operates as an ungroomed skiing trail during the winter.

Hornby Park

Hiking/skiing trail on 150 acres of land on Kerrick Hollow Road in the Town of Hornby just off State Route 414.

Kanakadea Park

TIOGA COUNTY

Hickories Park

Cross-country skiing along the banks of the Susquehanna River on 100 acres.  Located on Hickories Park Road (off State Route 17C), Owego, NY 13827.

TOMPKINS COUNTY

Arnot Teaching and Research Forest

Dryden Lake--Jim Schug Trail

East Ithaca Recreation Way

F. R. Newman Arboretum

Use the Caldwell Road entrance to the Mundy Wildflower Garden just east of the bridge across the creek. Park in the lot and carry your equipment across the road.

Monkey Run**

Slaterville 600**

South Hill Recreation Way

WAYNE COUNTY

Black Brook Park

20 acres at 9472 Old Route 31, Clyde, NY 14433.

Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area

Norsen Bridge Park

36 acres at 6744 Pulver Road (off State Route 88), Newark, NY 14513.

YATES COUNTY

Keuka Outlet Trail

Middlesex Valley Rail Trail

From the parking area on County Route 245 in Naples (by the Naples Creek bridge) in Ontario County, there is the Middlesex rail trail section of the Lehigh Valley Trail that runs through High Tor. The trail runs about 7 mi./11.3 km. east from this point into Yates County. There's also a shorter loop trail.

NOTES

*Both the Crescent Trail and the Trolley Trail are in the Town of Perinton and both intersect with the Erie Canal Trail.

 

Updated 30 November 2013

 

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