Finger Lakes Hike, Bike, and Wine WeekendThe best of New York's beautiful Finger Lakes

The Cliffs
The Cliffs
11-11 44th Dr.
Intensity
4/10
21+

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Trails, vineyards, and valleys

The stunning Finger Lakes region is home to some of New York's most beautiful landscapes and best wineries. Spend the weekend exploring them all, with plenty of time to relax by the campfire. Just a four and a half hour drive from the city, your home for the weekend is at Taughannock Falls State Park, a stunning natural gem neslted on the shores of Cayuga Lake.

Upon arriving at camp, you'll have plenty of time to explore the area with your guide and pay a visit to the 215 foot waterfall for a splash in the cool water. Tonight's dinner is a gourmet fire cooked meal prepared by your guides. The next day will begin with a casual hike through Finger Lakes National Forest where you'll wander past gorges and ravines and through pastures and woodlands. After a picnic lunch, it's off to wine country! You'll visit some of the most exceptional wineries in the area to sample the vintages and learn about the area's history. Back at camp, you'll sleep well after a hearty dinner. Monday will be spent exploring the shores of Cayuga Lake on bike with a twenty mile ride along the Black Diamond Rail Trail. After a quick stop at a nearby Farmer's Market, you'll be ready to start on your way back home.

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Level 4/10
The Cliffs11-11 44th Dr.
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Items
  • Tent (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping bag, suggested rated 20 degrees or lower (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Day pack
  • Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (2L capacity)
  • Toiletries
Recommended Items
  • Bathing suit
  • Bug spray
  • Additional snacks
  • Camera
  • Cash for extra drinks, items at farmers' market, and meals on the road Saturday and Monday

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks
  • Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
  • Fleece or heavy mid-layer for cool mornings and evenings
  • Waterproof, windproof shell jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm clothes for evenings at camp
  • Comfortable camp shoes

What's Included

Included
  • Round trip transportation
  • Camp and park fees
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Licensed guides
  • Tasting flights at wineries
  • Bike rentals on day three
Not Included
  • Lunch on day one, dinner on day three
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bag rental (available for added charge)
  • Additional drinks and bottles at wineries
  • Gratuities

Flights

If you're arriving from outside of New York, please plan to arrive in NYC in the day prior to our departure. Flights out of NYC should depart no earlier than 10:30 pm on the final day.

Weather

Weather in the upstate region of New York is typically much cooler than in New York City or other urban areas. Daytime temperatures in May typically reach highs in the 60s or 70s. Evening temperatures may reach as low as the 40s. Rain is not uncommon. Layers are recommended to adapt to such a broad temperature range.

Accommodations

Your home for the weekend is Taughannock Falls State Park. Campers are asked to bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads or you can rent any items for an additional fee. Our group will be sharing campsites and all meals at camp will be prepared by your guides. The campground has bath houses with toilets and showers.

Training

Previous hiking or biking experience is recommended but is not required for this trip as long as you have a basic level of fitness and are used to being active on a regular basis. To prepare for this trip, we recommend taking hikes rated easy to moderate or going for long walks two or three times a week.