Looking for something different this winter? How about taking advantage of the expansive vistas and wide-open spaces of the Finger Lakes region – by snowshoe!
What makes snowshoeing such a versatile sport, is that no matter your activity level you can find a pace and trail perfectly suited to your needs. Take in the beauty while walking or get your heart rate going at a brisk run. Either way, our tasting rooms and restaurants are ready to help you refuel afterwards!
Our Favorite Spots to Snowshoe
Cumming Nature Center: Winter is a beautiful time to explore the nature trails at CNC – including a 3-mile loop for snowshoers! Don't worry if you don't have your own, snowshoe rentals are also available.
Ganondagan State Historic Site: Did you know Ganondagan is not only home to the replica Seneca Bark Longhouse and Seneca Art & Culture Center, but excellent trails as well? Snowshoes, or Ga-Weh-Ga-A, have been used for hundreds of years by the Indigenous people of North America. Through the grass and forests, you can enjoy a leisurely-paced snowshoe on the Trail of Peace, or a more intense hike when you follow the Granary Trail up Fort Hill.
Bristol Mountain’s Nordic Center: Experience up to 3km of outdoor Nordic fun at the summit of Bristol Mountain. Half of the trail is comprised of natural snow while the other half has snowmaking and lighting - great for the entire season! Grab your snowshoes (or rent them!) and purchase a Snowshoe Trail Ticket.
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area: One of our favorite views is the overlook of Honeoye Lake – take your snowshoes for a spin and see the view for yourself!
Bristol Hills Branch Trail: Part of the Finger Lakes Trails system, the Bristol Hills Trail covers 59 miles and is marked with orange markers down in Naples.
RV&E Bike and Skate offers MSR snowshoe rentals – all you need are your own boots. Check with the store for current availability.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Dress in layers! Warm socks (perhaps your new pair of alpaca socks?), boots, hats, gloves/mittens, outerwear, and long underwear are great ways to keep warm.
- If you are unfamiliar with the trail you’re on, bring a map!
- Bring snacks and water (yes, you're still at risk for dehydration in the winter) and make a day of it!
- Handwarmers are an excellent addition to your pack.
- Many snowshoe trails are located next to tracks for cross-country skiing. An important piece of etiquette is to steer clear of the groomed trails and tracks for skiers – it is much easier to forge your own path as a snowshoer!
- Don't forget your SPF, even in the snow.