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 for $5.
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: At the summit of Bristol Mountain, you will find snowmaking, lighting, and grooming on up to 3km of trails for the entire family. A snowshoe trail ticket is $15, and rentals are $18.
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.High Tor Wildlife Management Area: The steep hills and gullies around High Tor’s forests are part of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed and are ideal for more advanced snowshoeing.
Lehigh Trail: This newly improved trail has a stone dust surface, making it perfect for snowshoeing! Approximately two miles in length.
Bare Hill Unique Area: On the eastern side of Canandaigua Lake in Gorham, the trails up Bare Hill show gorgeous views of the lake to your west.
RV&E Bike and Skate offers MSR snowshoe rentals – all you need are your own boots. $10/day or $20/weekend check 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.