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The Finger Lakes National Forest

Hector Ranger Station

5218 State Route 414

Hector, NY 14841


Sign for the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest in the Finger Lakes region of New York, USA.

The only national forest in the state, the Finger Lakes National Forest is 16,212 acres of upland forest, pasture, and scrub traversed by gorges, ravines, and more than 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. This land spreads out in a number of parcels over the towns of Lodi and Covert in Seneca County and the town of Hector in Schuyler County.


The ranger station of the Finger Lakes National Forest in the Finger Lakes region of New York, USA.


Considered an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, the forest is an excellent place not only to watch birds but all types of wildlife native to the region. Nature photography is also a popular activity. Geocaching is allowed with permission from the forest headquarters. Blueberry picking is permitted in season. 

 Sunlight filters in through the trees along the Potomac Ponds trail, one of the many miles of marked trail in the Finger Lakes National Forest.

Camping, including camping with horses, is permitted in designated areas. Dogs are permitted but should be leashed.


Because the forest lies between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, there are innumerable nearby activities, including but not limited to visiting wineries, breweries, and distilleries, boating on the lakes, visiting state parks, antiquing, enjoying local restaurants, and staying at some of the many bed and breakfast, inns, cabins, or hostels in the region.


Forest Map


To learn more about the Finger Lakes National Forest, visit the forest's Web site.


Updated 1 December 2013








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