I live in a rural area right between the 2 biggest lakes, Cayuga and Seneca. I consider the whole area to be my “stomping grounds.”
A little information about the lakes from fingerlakes.com:
Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes, reaches across three counties (Seneca, Cayuga and Tompkins counties) and stretches for nearly 40 miles from Seneca Falls to Ithaca. Cayuga Lake feeds into the Seneca and Cayuga Canal, which connects to the Erie Canal. Ithaca, population 29,287 (2000 census), is at the southern end of Cayuga Lake. As host to Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca has a gentle, bohemian vibe and plenty of associated culture. The area around Ithaca is known for its exceptional waterfalls and gorges. Small communities line the shores of the lake, including Myers, King Ferry, Aurora, Levanna, Union Springs and Cayuga on the eastern shore and Sheldrake, Poplar Beach and Canoga on the western shore.
Seneca Lake, once part of the proud Seneca Nation, is among the most popular of the Finger Lakes due to the natural and scenic beauty of the lake as well as its many attractions, ranging from the heralded Seneca Wine Trail to the race track at Watkins Glen.
The hills that surround Seneca Lake are dotted with vineyards that cover hundreds of well-tended, picturesque acres, and its beautiful waters draw sports enthusiasts from all over who come to enjoy boating, fishing, sailing, and swimming. Small towns and villages line the shores of Seneca Lake, including beautiful Geneva and the popular Watkins Glen. Geneva, population 13,202, the self-proclaimed "Lake Trout Capital of the World," is at the northern tip of Seneca Lake in Ontario and Seneca counties. Watkins Glen, at the southern tip of the lake in Schuyler County, is a small village with just over 2,000 residents and an even larger reputation, best known as the home of the Watkins Glen International Racetrack.
There are many parks in the area with beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails. As a matter of fact, while you’re visiting, it’s likely you’ll see a bumper sticker or t-shirt that says “Ithaca is gorges”. The region is full of gorges and is truly gorgeous. This is Ithaca Falls, just one of the many beautiful sights in the area.
North of Ithaca is Taughannock Park, another wonderful area for hiking and sightseeing.
After all that hiking we can stop for a wine tasting at any of the many local wineries.
While you’re in the area, we have to travel north a little so I can show you the white deer that live at the former Seneca Army Depot.
Thank you all for visiting. Writing this blog was a great opportunity to gain a new appreciation of the beautiful region that I call home. I hope someday you all have a chance to visit our area and see the sights for yourself.