Burdett is home to New York State’s only national forest, the Finger Lakes National Forest is more than 16,000 acres of trails, campgrounds, and creeks. The 25 square miles, which was created in 1985, houses 30 miles of trails to trek, small ravines to vault over, and gorges to explore.
Situated on a ridge between Seneca and Cayuga lakes (location), the Forest is home to beavers and bobcats, foxes and falcons. The park features opportunities for fun year-round: hiking; skiing; fishing; snowmobiling; and camping – with your own tent or in a developed area! Summer hiking is popular at this park, and a great way to explore. Grab your fishing rod or hop on a horse for some riding. If you venture out in the cold, pick up your skis or take out your snowshoes and delve into what the forest has in store.
When and Where
The National Forest is open year round, but there may be some areas or trails that close during winter months for safety. The park is easily accessible from all the major cities: Rochester, Syracuse, and Binghamton. The grounds aren’t far from Ithaca and just over 20 minutes from Geneva and Seneca Falls.
Hours vary, but the park is usually open between 8:30am and 4:00pm