Best of the Best - Pine Creek Gorge
What makes Pine Creek Gorge the best is its beauty in all four seasons and the variety of activities it offers. There are trails along the cliffs of the gorge with beautiful vistas. Following the creek a rail-trail stretches 28 miles. You can hike, bike, fish, cross-country ski, raft, fish and even ride on a horse-drawn wagon into the gorge.
Close to Home - The Dikes and Bridges of Corning
Right in Corning, you will find wonderful bridges and dikes along both sides of the Chemung River. The paths follow the top of the dikes and offer beautiful views of the hills and valley. A walking bridge across the river provides a peaceful path and great views of the sunsets. There is even a maze for children and a fountain at Centerway Park for splashing in summer. Watch for shore birds and even eagles along the river. This is a great place to run, stroll and walk your dog.
Most Challenging - Robert Tremain State Park
If you like climbing up hills with a new view around every bend, try Robert Tremain State Park. The path is wonderfully paved with stones and steps constructed by the CCC. At the bottom is a beautiful waterfall and swimming area. If walking up isn't challenging enough for you, try running it!
Kid Friendly - Havana Glen
Located in Montour Falls, NY, Havana Glen is one of the area's best-kept secrets. Just a short walk takes you to Eagle Falls, Where you can take a dip in the pool. A lovely town park also provides a shelter for picnicking and a playground for children.
Best for Wildlife - Tioga Lake Railroad Grade Trail
The Railroad Grade Trail is a wide, level trail that follows an abandoned railroad. It offers a close-up view of the creek that feeds into Tioga Lake. This is a great place to see water fowl, and even eagles. An osprey nest platform usually houses a family of these interesting birds. A sunflower field is perfect for watching songbirds and bluebirds in the warmer months. Be sure to visit the Visitor's Center, where there is a small collection of preserved animals found at the lake.
Dog Friendly - Weaver Creek
Located in Gang Mills, just southwest of Corning, along Beartown Road, Weaver Creek is a little-known gem. A dike follows the creek for about a mile, with expansive views of the hills and valley. This is a great place for dog-walking, running, and cross-country skiing. Directions: Take Rte. 87 West to Rte. 15 South. Exit Rte. 15 at exit 3 (Gang Mills). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp, and then left at the light onto Forrest Drive. Follow Forrest Drive for about 1 1/2 miles until it becomes Beartown Road. Just past Quail Hill (an apartment complex on the left), watch for a green metal gate. Park in the area just past the gate.
Winter-time Picks - Taughannock Falls
An easy hike from the parking area, the trail to Taughannock Falls offers a winter experience for snow-shoeing and even running on the snow-clad trail. The prize at the end of the one mile trail is an impressive waterfall that is quite beautiful in winter.
Come back in summer to enjoy the cool breezes in the gorge and the open park across the street, with its picnic tables, swimming beach and lovely views of Cayuga Lake.