The 16,212 acre Finger Lakes National Forest (National Forest Headquarters, 5218 rte 414 Hector, 607/546-4470) lies between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes is the state’s sole National Forest. Gorges, woods, pastures, shrub lands and many wildlife ponds are intermingled to provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and fishing, with permit.
Over 30 miles of trails, including the 12 mile Interloken Trail, which is part of the Finger Lakes Trail, allow for hiking and horseback riding in the warm months and snowmobiling and Nordic skiing in the winter.
Apples, raspberries and other fruits are abundant throughout the forest, with five acres managed specifically for blueberry bushes. Free camping can be had on three developed campgrounds on a first-come, first-served basis.