Ready for some fresh air? Spring hiking in Schuyler County is invigorating and stimulating, with more than 500 trails and roadside waterfalls calling your name! We’ve picked a sampling of trails for you to consider and hope you enjoy each trail’s distinct personality.
Watkins Glen State Park South Rim Trail: At 2.6 miles and 570’ elevation, this out-and-back trail features a waterfall and requires moderate effort. The trail is perfect for an afternoon hike or leisurely walk. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. To access, visit the upper entrance of the Watkins Glen State Park by proceeding up Routes 329 and 419.
Catharine Valley Trail North is a 4-mile moderately trafficked out-and-back esperience with a 13’ elevation and “easy” rating. It is kid-friendly and accessible. Hikers, bikers, and joggers frequent this trail that is known to be rich with wildlife. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Access the trail from Lafayette Park on Fourth Street.
The Finger Lakes Trail to South Rim is ideal for those who want a challenge. Bearing a “hard” rating, hikers will find a 10.7-mile out-and-back experience featuring an idyllic forest setting. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Please plan for an elevation gain of 1,643’ and a variety of surfaces that may be muddy or rocky depending on the weather. Access this trail on County Line Road.
Interloken Trail has earned a 4-star rating. Along the way, you’ll find places to camp and nature in its natural state (untamed and sometimes overgrown!). Used for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and walking, the trail is known for scenic vistas and opportunities to view wildlife in their natural settings. This, too, is an out-and-back 7.4-mile trail with a 603’ elevation gain. Access this trail on Route 79.
The Van Lone Hill Loop trail is a 5.8-mile moderately trafficked loop in the Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management area located near Alpine, NY. Hikers will enjoy scenic woodlands, along beautiful creeks, and up and down hills (maybe even a few waterfalls) on this trail that gains 948’ in elevation. Access the trail on County Route 8.
These are just a few of the trails in Schuyler County. Pick a weekend, map your course, and lace up!