Anyone with an adventurous spirit will enjoy the New York section of the North Country National Scenic Trail.
From historic forts, old canals, the beautiful Fingerlakes, and the famed Adirondack Park, hikers in New York will enjoy rich history and beautiful views.
Explore by Region:
Mileage: 207 miles (103 off-road/104 on-road)
Need to Know: Dispersed camping is generally allowed on Forest Preserve (State) land 150 feet from a trail or a body of water or stream. All water must be treated and food and toiletries must be hung high or in a bear resistant container. Do not rely on cell phone coverage.
The Trail: The Trail passes through the famed, 6-million acre Adirondack Park. The Trail crosses eight units through the park, each classified as Wild Forest or Wilderness as well as several easement lands. As the Trail crosses the Central Adirondacks, approximately 158 miles, it offers foot travelers mountains, spectacular vistas in remote areas of dense forests rich with many lakes, bogs, and cascading streams.
The final route through the central Adirondack Mountains is a combination of existing trails (81 miles), new trails (38miles) yet to be built and some temporary road walks (39 miles). Road connectors fill the gaps where trail sections are yet to be built.
- Eastern Terminus at Crown Point State Historic Site at Lake Champlain.
- Adirondack Park.
- Hamlets of North Creek and Speculator provide access to U.S. Post Offices and grocery stores.
Get Involved! Local Trail Maintaining Affiliate: The Adirondack Mountain Club
Maps of this area:
- Online interactive map
- Adirondack Park Plan – http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/ncnst001.pdf
Central New York
From the Western border of the Adirondack Park to the Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area
Mileage: 90 miles (52 off-road/38 on-road)
Need to Know:
The Trail: Several canal towpaths, including the Black River Feeder Canal towpath and the historic Erie Canal towpath as well as woodsy trails.
- The Black River Canal Museum in Boonville
- Pixley Falls State Park
- Rome (Fort Stanwix, Delta Lake State Park)
- Canastota (Trail Town, Canal Museum)
- Cazenovia (Stone Quarry Hill Art Park)
- Nelson Swamp Unique Area
- Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area.
Get Involved! Trail Maintaining Chapter: Central New York Chapter of the North Country Trail Association
Trail Town: Canastota
Maps of this area:
Finger Lakes Trail
Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area to the NY/PA border
Mileage: For 420 miles, the North Country Trail follows the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) westward, on a well established, long distance foot trail. (314 off-road/106 on-road)
Rating: Moderate – Difficult
Need to Know: The Trail is half private and half public land, so it is necessary to stay on the Trail and avoid stealth camping. Hikers should look for camping opportunities in State Parks and State Forests. Finger Lakes Trail hiking maps (M1-M21, O1-O2) are available at www.fltconference.org and they show campsite and shelters. The mile-by-mile narrative on the back of the FLTC maps serves as a trail guide. From Allegany State Park the trail crosses the New York/Pennsylvania state line.
The Trail: The FLT/NCNST passes dramatic, glacier-formed ridges with scenic views of the Finger Lakes, deep verdant valleys, secluded glens, and many waterfalls, touching the south ends of the Finger Lakes.
- Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area
- Tinker Falls and Labrador Hollow Unique Area
- The Finger Lakes (Ithaca)
- Watkins Glen State Park
- Junction with the Great Eastern Trail’s northern terminus
- Letchworth State Park (Genesee River)
- Junction with Conservation Trail (to Canada)
- Little Rock City State Forest
- Allegany State Park
New York Events
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For more events, please visit the Finger Lakes Trail Conference website here.