Parks in in the Western Finger Lakes area
Nature Preserves & Gardens)
Nature Center, South Bristol, Ontario County
A 900-acre living museum,
the Cumming Nature Center in Ontario County offers 6 miles of walking trails,
a beaver pond and an army of tall marching pines said to have been planted in
formation by a disgruntled potato farmer. A Visitor Center features exhibits,
seasonal displays and theater presentations. 585-374-6160. www.rmsc.org
Lakes Trail, Regional
544 miles of hiking trail from Allegany State Park
to the Catskills. The Finger Lakes Trail goes through
Finger Lakes National Forest: New York state's only national forest. 585-658-9320.
Wildlife Refuge, Seneca County
Where do waterfowl and other water birds
rest on their journey to and from nesting areas in northeastern and east-central
Canada? At the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Seneca County. Wildlife can
be observed from an observation deck and tower. Recreational and educational activities
abound year-round. 315-568-5987.
Nine formal gardens and an 1887
Richardsonion-Romanesque mansion are showcased on 50 acres at Sonnenberg Gardens
and Mansion in Canandaigua, Ontario County. Sculptures, fountains and a turn-of-the-century
conservatory augment the appeal of the 40-room Victorian mansion. 585-394-4922.
Cayuga Lake State Park: Seneca County. Longest Finger Lake.
Exceptional fishing, camping, cabins, swimming, boat launch, playgrounds. 315-568-5163.
Lake State Park: Yates County. Camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, boat launch,
grills, playground. 315-536-3666.
Seneca Lake State Park: Trout fishing,
boat launching, picnicking, playgrounds, playing fields, swimming. 315-789-2331.