Between the extraordinary landscape and outdoor adventures, charming small towns, accessibility of the region, first-rate culinary options, world-renowned art, and laid-back, unpretentious vibe that distinguishes the region’s personality, it’s difficult to find anywhere quite like Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.
While we can’t take credit for all the remarkable scenery you’ll find here, we have figured out the best ways to make the most of it, like biking the scenic byways that connect our small towns, hiking the wilderness footpaths of the Finger Lakes Trail, paddling the many waterways, walking among waterfalls, or camping out under the stars. There’s nothing quite so peaceful or empowering as time spent outdoors.
Start the day off by hiking a trail with sunlight cascading through the trees and a backpack slung over your shoulders to get a real feel for the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes. A 950-mile system of trails that meanders throughout the region, the Finger Lakes Trail provides a variety of excellent thru-hikes as well as fun day hikes. Some branch trails even overlap with the North Country National Scenic Trail which runs from New York to North Dakota, while other branch trails connect with the Great Eastern Trail extending all the way to the Alabama-Florida border.
Whether you set out on your own, or you entrust your journey to one of our hiking guides, you’ll feel revitalized after spending time on the trail. Our guides will work with you to customize your hike, either for the afternoon, a full day, or a three-day adventure! You can add to your experience by learning important skills like land navigation and map reading.
Enjoy the peacefulness of being carried away on the river current or the simple serenity of being removed from the rest of the world for a while. There’s nothing like a kayaking or canoeing adventure on the Canisteo, Cohocton, Chemung, or Tioga rivers to remind you why you love the great outdoors. And don’t forget to explore the most unusual of all the Finger Lakes. Y-shaped Keuka Lake’s calm waters make it a great place for Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing.
Imagine yourself immersed in the quiet tranquility and scenic beauty of Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes. Now picture yourself on a bicycle, sunlight on your face and breeze at your back. In one day, you can expect to encounter everything from lakes and waterfalls to farmlands and quintessentialsmall towns. Wind your way along scenic backroads twisting along and over rolling hills draped in the colors of the seasons. Pass by lush pastures and babbling brooks. Stop at parks, breathtaking overlooks, and yes, even world-class wineries along the way.