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. Spring is a great time to grab your binoculars and follow the sweet sounds of native birds. Learn more from the National Audubon Society: 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. The Hector Ranger Station is located on State Route 414 in Hector.