Our final day in the Finger Lakes was spent in the picturesque Watkins Glen and Schuyler County, New York. Most known for the racing track around the south end of Seneca Lake, here is how we spent our day in this beautiful area. We began our day in the Finger Lakes National Forest is the only national forest in New York State with 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures, and woodlands. The area is open to the public and is the perfect spot for a number of outdoor activities such as hiking, trail running, backpacking, biking, camping and horseback riding in the warmer months.
IMG_6557The Finger Lakes region is home to a ton of award-winning wineries producing some of the finest vintages of Rieslings and other wines. We had the pleasure of touring the Chateau LaFayette Reneau nestled along the east side of Seneca Lake. Stop by for the chance to try their wine that won the 2014 Governor’s Cup and stay to enjoy the the panoramic view from CLR’s tasting room of the lake.
Located within the town, the Watkins Glen State Park has an astonishing two miles of trails giving you a stunning view of the glen’s stream descending 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs and generating 19 waterfalls along its course. Throughout the area, there is also an Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek for visitors to enjoy.
Finish off your visit by dining with the locals at The Wildflower Café serving up simple, yet delicious food that combines craft beet, pub fare and new American cuisine into a local favourite.

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