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Posted: 6/10/2022 6:33:05 AM EDT
Heading up the end of August. We will spending the first day/night in Hammondsport and know what we are doing as we have been there many times but ideas are welcome for things to do.

The next three days we will be spending on the east side of Seneca and West side of Cayuga. Anything you guys recommend we should see or do? I remember a waterfall, hiking at some park on Cayuga, which will probably find again for a morning walk.

Obviously, wineries, breweries are on the list.

Thanks

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Link Posted: 6/10/2022 7:21:19 AM EDT
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We thoroughly enjoy the Corning Museum of Glass which is on the Southern end of Seneca Lake... Even bought a Membership.  
Link Posted: 6/10/2022 8:50:41 AM EDT
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You may have walked up to the falls at Taughannock Falls State Park. Another that is a nice state park walk is Watkins Glen. If you go to Watkins, park on the street and you won't have to pay they state to park as the village has two-hour free parking. At Watkins, if you return via the north side, there is a point that you can exit the trail at the cemetery and walk back down via the cemetery roads (needless to say, it's pretty quiet). It will bring you out to the street a couple hundred yards from the park entrance.

Maybe TC556 will stop by with some guidance as he is an avid hiker.
Link Posted: 6/10/2022 9:34:23 AM EDT
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The last outdoor clothing store in Finger Lakes is in Watkins Glen.  Can find good deals on boots and socks.

WG State Park is too busy for me.  Try those around Ithaca.  Treaman is a nice walk.
Link Posted: 6/10/2022 9:36:15 AM EDT
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Curtis Wright museum. Great aviation history. In hammondsport I think - I haven’t visited there in about 10 years though
Link Posted: 6/10/2022 5:34:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Fatboy148:
You may have walked up to the falls at Taughannock Falls State Park. Another that is a nice state park walk is Watkins Glen. If you go to Watkins, park on the street and you won't have to pay they state to park as the village has two-hour free parking. At Watkins, if you return via the north side, there is a point that you can exit the trail at the cemetery and walk back down via the cemetery roads (needless to say, it's pretty quiet). It will bring you out to the street a couple hundred yards from the park entrance.

Maybe TC556 will stop by with some guidance as he is an avid hiker.
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Any of the local state parks are fine for day hikes.
Taughannock can be nice if there's water going over the falls, otherwise it can be a bit of a letdown
We hiked to loop around Taughannock last weekend and there's was still some decent waterflow.
If you park outside the park around Gorge Rd, etc you can skip the gate charges you get hit with in the main parking lots
https://parks.ny.gov/parks/taughannockfalls
Upper RH Treman is OK, usually lots of water going over Lucifer Falls. If you decide to jump onto something less civilized at Treman you can always jump onto the Finger Lakes Trail from the Rim Trail. That'll let you connect to trails in 8 or 9 states. Too many miles of  trails for a day hike.....
https://parks.ny.gov/parks/roberttreman/
Buttermilk is mainly known for the falls at the lower park but its usually too packed with people in the summer for my tastes.
Upper Buttermilk park has Treman Lake which is NOT part of Treman State park. Treman Lake is pretty heavily silted in so not much to see there.
https://parks.ny.gov/parks/buttermilkfalls/details.aspx
If you want something a little closer to town you can do the Cayuga Trail
https://ithacatrails.org/site/Cayuga%20Trail
which is close to campus . You can modify that to fit your desired time or miles. I did  that trail system a couple of weeks ago.
or the co-located Lick Brook/ Thayer Preserve nature preserve which are just minutes from downtown on the west side of town near Buttermilk. Matter of fact you can hike into upper Buttermilk on the FLT spur trail from Thayer.
https://ithacatrails.org/site/Lick%20Brook%20-%20Finger%20Lakes%20Land%20Trust
https://www.fllt.org/preserves/sweedler-and-thayer-preserves-at-lick-brook/
There's a decent cidery right up the road from Thayer/ Lick Brook, if you're into that sort of thing
https://www.southhillcider.com/

Too many wineries to list in and around Cayuga and Seneca lakes
Good luck with your visit

My mom grew up in Hammondsport so I spent a fair amount of time there as a kid.
You might want to consider the Keuka Outlet Trail that runs between Penn Yann and Dresden.
The Pen Yann end is more urban, the Dresden end more rural
https://www.keukaoutlettrail.org/
Link Posted: 6/13/2022 11:46:13 AM EDT
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IM me before you get here, I'm local
Link Posted: 6/13/2022 6:20:22 PM EDT
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We'll be between camping trips at the end of August, we're in northern Ontario county, not far from Geneva and Canandaigua.  Sampson State Park has a military museum, it used to be a base.
Link Posted: 6/13/2022 9:36:54 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tc556guy:

Any of the local state parks are fine for day hikes.
Taughannock can be nice if there's water going over the falls, otherwise it can be a bit of a letdown
We hiked to loop around Taughannock last weekend and there's was still some decent waterflow.
If you park outside the park around Gorge Rd, etc you can skip the gate charges you get hit with in the main parking lots
https://parks.ny.gov/parks/taughannockfalls
Upper RH Treman is OK, usually lots of water going over Lucifer Falls. If you decide to jump onto something less civilized at Treman you can always jump onto the Finger Lakes Trail from the Rim Trail. That'll let you connect to trails in 8 or 9 states. Too many miles of  trails for a day hike.....
https://parks.ny.gov/parks/roberttreman/
Buttermilk is mainly known for the falls at the lower park but its usually too packed with people in the summer for my tastes.
Upper Buttermilk park has Treman Lake which is NOT part of Treman State park. Treman Lake is pretty heavily silted in so not much to see there.
https://parks.ny.gov/parks/buttermilkfalls/details.aspx
If you want something a little closer to town you can do the Cayuga Trail
https://ithacatrails.org/site/Cayuga%20Trail
which is close to campus . You can modify that to fit your desired time or miles. I did  that trail system a couple of weeks ago.
or the co-located Lick Brook/ Thayer Preserve nature preserve which are just minutes from downtown on the west side of town near Buttermilk. Matter of fact you can hike into upper Buttermilk on the FLT spur trail from Thayer.
https://ithacatrails.org/site/Lick%20Brook%20-%20Finger%20Lakes%20Land%20Trust
https://www.fllt.org/preserves/sweedler-and-thayer-preserves-at-lick-brook/
There's a decent cidery right up the road from Thayer/ Lick Brook, if you're into that sort of thing
https://www.southhillcider.com/

Too many wineries to list in and around Cayuga and Seneca lakes
Good luck with your visit

My mom grew up in Hammondsport so I spent a fair amount of time there as a kid.
You might want to consider the Keuka Outlet Trail that runs between Penn Yann and Dresden.
The Pen Yann end is more urban, the Dresden end more rural
https://www.keukaoutlettrail.org/
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This is the way!

I will add the Ithaca Brewery is pretty good, despite the hippies.
Link Posted: 6/13/2022 10:20:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Tahawus:


This is the way!

I will add the Ithaca Brewery is pretty good, despite the hippies.
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https://www.drinkcraftyales.com/
https://smokintails.com/

I haven't seen any hippies in either of those places.  
Link Posted: 6/13/2022 10:20:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Tahawus:


This is the way!

I will add the Ithaca Brewery is pretty good, despite the hippies.
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Hippies are a concern, but the wanna be gangsters downtown are more of a concern for me these days
Steer clear of MLK Blvd/ Green St, Plain Street and the entire South side of Ithaca
They've had something like 20 shootings downtown in the last year, but they're bravely forging ahead with their "reimagining law enforcement" initiatives because they still desperately want to believe that law enforcement is the problem
I've upgraded to a Glock 20 as my off duty gun because the idiots are shooting each other in the face outside of Five Guys, behind the fire department and in random drive-bys.
The former Mayor who was pushing the police reforms fled town a month or so ago to work for People for the American Way and is now under investigation for shady money stuff.
He dismissed the shootings as "just a couple of guys having a tiff", and brought in a cop killer to lead the police reform movement.

Enough of the negativity. Have a good time; I wish I could advise you on nice places to eat and drink downtown but I have to tell you to just steer clear of it
The recommendation for Ithaca Beer Company isnt a bad one
https://www.ithacabeer.com/homepage

Another place on the east side of the county is Hopshire http://hopshire.com/. Not much in the way of food, but their adult beverages are decent and they have some OK live music on weekends

If you're more into wineries, locally we have Six Mile Creek https://sixmilecreek.com/

One thing about Ithaca you should know about is that there are still a LOT of Branch Covidians in the Ithaca area. Still lots of mask wearers. No mask mandates, but if you aren't used to seeing a lot of masks back home, be prepared to think that its still the summer of 2020 if you drive through Ithaca.
Link Posted: 6/14/2022 9:49:44 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By tc556guy:

Steer clear of MLK Blvd/ Green St, Plain Street and the entire South side of Ithaca
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Sadly I have learned to steer clear of anything named MLK, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, etc. It is almost as if those names, attached to streets or buildings, are a lightning rod for enhanced violence.
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