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Finger Lakes National Forest lies on a ridge between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, via I-90, I-81 and SR 17. New York's only national forest was officially designated as such in October 1985. The forest comprises just 16,212 acres and is one of the country's smallest national forests.
More than one-third of the land provides pasture for beef and dairy cattle. The remaining area is used for camping, hiking on the 33-mile trail system, horseback riding, fishing and hunting. Midsummer draws blueberry pickers, and winter attracts cross-country skiers and snowmobilers to the gently rolling hillsides. The Forest Service office is about 9 miles north of Watkins Glen at 5218 SR 414; the office is open weekdays 8-4:30. Free.
For further information contact the District Ranger, Finger Lakes National Forest, 5218 SR 414, Hector, NY 14841. Phone (607) 546-4470.
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