The Finger Lakes Trail System includes the main Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve. The main FLT is 580 miles long. There are six branch trails and 29 loop trails and spur trails that extend from the main FLT. These branch, loop and spur trails currently total 412 miles. Including the Main Trail and all branch, loop, and side trails, the Finger Lakes Trail System offers 1,000 miles of hiking.
The Trail System has been and continues to be built and maintained by 15 organizational and approximately 60 individual and family trail sponsors. All of these groups and individuals are volunteers.
The concept of a long-distance hiking trail traversing New York State was launched in late 1961. The Finger Lakes Trail Conference, Inc. (FLTC) was organized in 1962 to promote and coordinate the building, maintenance, and protection of the FLT System. The 958 mile trail system is located almost equally on private and public land. There are currently approximately 700 private landowners who allow the trail to be on their land.
Between the Pennsylvania border and the northeast end of the Onondaga Branch (421 miles), the Finger Lakes Trail is the official route of the North Country National Scenic Trail. When completed, the North Country Trail will extend 4,600 miles across seven states between eastern New York and central North Dakota.
Our newest branch trail — the Crystal Hills Branch is part of the Great Eastern Trail (GET) which will extend from Alabama to New York.