As we safely reopen Watkins Glen and all of the Finger Lakes, we look forward to safely welcoming you to our communities. Please remember to call ahead: our restaurants, wineries/breweries/distilleries, and attractions have developed location-specific procedures and protocols to ensure that our community, visitors, and employees remain safe and healthy.

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Finger Lakes National Forest

5218 Rt. 414
Hector, NY 14841
(607) 546-4470


The Finger Lakes National Forest is approximately 16,212 acres and lies on a ridge-called "The Backbone" between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. New York State's only National Forest, this multi-use land is reminiscent of western national forests with a great deal of open land and free-ranging cattle. The forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands. The forest is managed to provide a diversity of native forestlands, shrublands and grasslands, including areas of native older forests, diverse wildlife habitats, quality recreation areas and forage for livestock. Hector Ranger Station is located on State Toure in HEcotr.