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Featured Parks in in the Western Finger Lakes area

(including Nature Preserves & Gardens)


Cumming 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

Finger 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. www.fingerlakestrail.org

Montezuma 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.

Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua, Ontario County

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. www.sonnenberg.org


More Parks

Cayuga Lake State Park: Seneca County. Longest Finger Lake. Exceptional fishing, camping, cabins, swimming, boat launch, playgrounds. 315-568-5163.

Keuka 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.


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