Finger Lakes bicycle camping tour


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Start: Arrive at Cayuga Lake State Park near Seneca Falls, where you will camp for the night.

Day 1: Today we bike the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake to Ithaca, total 53 miles. We’ll camp for the night at Robert Treman State Park. Ithaca has a great downtown area. A visit to Cornell University offers a short but challenging climb.


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Day 2: Bike from Ithaca to 58 miles To Watkins Glen, camping at Watkins Glen State Park. The ride offers rolling terrain,, ending with an extraordinary steep climb from Rt. 14 to the camp headquarters.


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Day 3: Today’s ride to Keuka Lake State Park (approximately 6 miles from Penn Yann, 64 miles. The village of Hammondsport at the southern tip of the lake is a delight, followed by an enjoyable ride alongside the lake on the way up to Branchport. There is a 5-5% climb for about a half mile before reaching the campground.


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Day 4: We keep the campground at Keuka Lake State Park. People who enjoy the challenge of climbs might wish to take Italy Hill Rd. to the southern tip of Canandaigua Lake, continuing north along the lake to Canandaigu, a 72 mile loop, returning to Keuka Lake State Park. You can take a somewhat “flatter” ride to Canandaigua by heading north from Branchport, and then turning west through local roads after about a dozen miles.


Day 5: Ride from Keuka Lake State Park 67 miles to our start location, Cayuga Lake State Park. After riding through Seneca, you can ride along East Lake Rd. for several miles before reaching Sampson State. Park. For A shorter but very enjoyable 45 mile route, take Rt. 96A south from Geneva for about 5 miles, then head west on Rt. 111 all the way to Cayuga Lake.


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Day 6: We took a 35 mile ride in the morning through the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and then drove to Fillmore Glen State Park south of Owasco Lake in Moravia. The campground is small and nice. The town is a disappointment but there is great coffee and food at Coffee and Cream.


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Day 7:  Start at Fillmore Glen State Park south of Owasco Lake in Moravia. A 20-mile ride from Moravia along the lake on Rockefeller Rd, returning on West Lake Rd. makes a splendid victory lap for your vacation before heading home.


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