Vestal, New York

Top Spots in and near Vestal

  • Vestal, New York

    Hike the Wetlands Loop, BU Nature Preserve

    4.0
    1.4 mi / 0 ft gain
    Park across from the Nature Preserve Kiosk where you can pay to park ($1 for 30 mins) ask an attendant for directions at the entrance of the university for ease of navigation through campus. The lot is clearly marked however and is titled 'Lot M0'Follow trail markers to hike around the Marsh and ...
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  • Endwell, New York

    Hike the IBM Glen Preserve

    4.8
    1.7 mi / 400 ft gain
    From the parking lot follow the only trail heading downhill, the yellow trail. At the first and second forks in the trail, stay left remaining on the yellow trail. When you reach the creek, I prefer to trek through the creek on a summer day.However the yellow trial crosses the creek and continues...
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  • Apalachin, New York

    Hike the West Gorge Trail at Waterman Conservation Center

    1.3 mi
    Park anywhere near the conservation center when you pull into the parking lot and head towards the open field where a map kiosk stands. Follow the green trail markers (West Gorge Trail) to the creek where it follows along and intersect at about 0.4 miles. From here connect to follow the yellow tr...
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  • Apalachin, New York

    Hike and Birdwatch the Apalachin Marsh

    5.0
    1 mi
    Park on the gravel "pull-off" West-bound on Route 434 in Apalachin (See pin). Walk along the fence and turn into the opening where you'll go through a tunnel about 20 yards long. From there you're in the preserve where you can hike the yellow trail, leading to the Bird Blind and other scenic over...
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  • Newark Valley, New York

    Jenksville State Forest Loop

    3.44 mi / 413 ft gain
    Jenksville State Forest Loop is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Newark Valley, New York.
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  • Brooktondale, New York

    Camp at the Shindagin Hollow Lean-To

    4.5
    1 mi / 150 ft gain
    From the parking spot on Prospect Valley Rd., cross the footbridge as part of the Finger Lakes Trail due East. The trail will be marked with white blazes. As you follow the blazes you will hike up for about 0.5 miles, increasing elevation by about 150ft, and then down 30-50 ft for 0.2 miles befo...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

    5.0
    4.5 mi / 250 ft gain
    The East Ithaca Recreational Walkway, which traverses the Six Mile Creek Natural Area, can be accessed at the parking areas on Burns Rd. or Coddington Rd. The walkway, which used to be a railroad, runs flat and straight from East to West. From the walkway, other smaller trails can be accessed t...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Eldridge Wilderness Loop

    2.3 mi / 0 ft gain
    Park in the designated lot directly off Troy Rd and begin the loop at the only trail entering the parking area (the lot only holds about 4-5 vehicles). Because this is a loop trial, when it splits after 200 yards take either route and still end at the parking area. The loop is 2.3 miles long and ...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Potter's Falls

    3.45 mi / 440 ft gain
    Potter's Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Ithaca, New York.
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

    5.0
    1.6 mi / 500 ft gain
    Trailheads and parking are on both Sandbank and Townline Roads, with elevations ranging from 280-330m. Follow the white blazes of the Finger Lakes trail downhill with views of the gorge, and wind through massive oak and maple trees. At the bottom of the hill (about 100m of elevation), you can en...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Thayer Preserve Loop at Lick Brook

    0.8 mi / 100 ft gain
    On Townline road, park at the pulloff where you'll see arrows pointing to the "Thayer Loop Trail" and a kiosk describing the trail. This trail is a short trail that travels along the side of Lick Brook overlooking several small cascades and waterfalls. For a section it also passes by a small farm...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls

    5.0
    1.7 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Gorge Trail starts to the right at the base of the last cascading waterfall you see as you enter the park. From here you begin hiking into the heart of the gorge following Buttermilk Creek to a bridge where you can turn around or continue exploring.The trail features several large cascading f...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Hike the Cascadilla Gorge Trail

    5.0
    1.1 mi / 300 ft gain
    The Cascadilla Creek Gorge is the perfect retreat from Cornell campus or downtown Ithaca into serene natural surroundings. This short trail will take you down 400 feet past multiple waterfalls, through lush, green forest and 400 million year old bedrock. It will be tough to believe you didn't hav...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Cascadilla Falls (9 falls)

    1.09 mi / 299 ft gain
    Cascadilla Falls (9 falls) is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Ithaca, New York.
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Run the Sapsucker Woods Trails

    4 mi
    There are two main sets of trails available for walking/running on. The trails connect across a small road and can be made into about a 4 mile loop if you run some of the interior loops as well. The trails are made of either wood-chips or boardwalks, and hold up to some snow and rain very well. T...
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  • Ithaca, New York

    Ithaca Falls Trail

    4.5
    0.31 mi / 26 ft gain
    Ithaca Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Ithaca, New York.
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Camping and Lodging in Vestal

Unadilla / I-88 / Oneonta KOA Journey
Franklin, New York

Unadilla / I-88 / Oneonta KOA Journey

Watkins Glen / Corning KOA Resort
Watkins Glen, New York

Watkins Glen / Corning KOA Resort

Potomac Group Campground
Burdett, New York

Potomac Group Campground

Honesdale / Pocono KOA Holiday
Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Honesdale / Pocono KOA Holiday

Guides, Insights and Stories from Vestal

Why You Need to Visit Taughannock Falls in the Winter

Why You Need to Visit Taughannock Falls in the Winter

Abby Shepard