According to Iroquois legend, the long, narrow lakes in the landscape west of Syracuse were formed by the impression of the fingers of the Great Spirit. The numerous lakes which make up the Finger Lakes region offer a range of outdoor opportunities in a visually stunning landscape. There are several towns and resorts around the lakes, most of which are particularly busy during the summer months. Some interesting ways to discovered the area are on the Cayuga Trail, the Seneca Lake Trail, and the Keuka Trail.
Also in the Finger Lakes Region, located at the southern end of Seneca Lake, is Watkins Glen State Park.
If you want to get outdoors and experience some phenomenal views, then this is the perfect destination. A narrow gorge cuts through the park, creating amazing vistas from the trails on the rim. In one two mile stretch, you’ll pass 19 different waterfalls! In the summer, there are outdoor swimming opportunities, and tour fishing is also a popular pastime.