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Finger Lakes National Forest
Finger Lakes Trail System
The Interloken Trail is part of the 900+ mile Finger Lakes Trail System. It is a 12 mile trail located completely in the Finger Lakes National Forest. The FLNF is located just northeast of Watkins Glen off the east shore of Seneca Lake. It is in Seneca and Schuyler Counties.
There are numerous other hiking trails within the National Forest. You can either do the whole 12 mile Interloken Trail (two cars suggested), create your own loops or just do a part of the trail. The Interloken Trail is blazed orange except for the southern portion that follows the white blazed Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail.
Primitive camping is allowed in the National Forest and there is the Blueberry Campground ($10 fee), plus there is a Bed & Breakfast located right next to the FLNF called The Red House Country Inn. A great two day or weekend getaway if your interested in visiting this wonderful National Forest.
The rules for primitive camping is that you set up camp at least 50 feet away from any road, trail or water source in the national forest. There are a few road side spots you'll see, especially along Burnt Hill Road. This type of primitive camping is FREE.
The Interloken Trail traverses the National Forest from north to south and is a branch of the Finger Lakes Trail System. It passes through various terrain and vegetation. Southern portions are somewhat steeper and more forested; northern portions are flatter, more open, and travel through pasture lands. Please close gates behind you. This trail can be wet in the spring and fall.
Plan a stop at the Foster Pond and Teeter Pond areas or make a shorter loop hike with one of the several intersecting trails. There are outstanding vistas to the west, including views of Seneca Lake. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.
Horses are allowed on the trail from the southern end of the trail to the Burnt Hill Trail.
Note: Trails are closed to horse users from March 15th thru May 1st due to muddy conditions.
Look below for a few videos from the trail as well as a description and map.
Mile Elevation Interloken Trail Description (North to South) 0.0 1542 ft
Parking area off Parmenter Road. This is also the northern terminus of the No-Tan-Takto Trail. Follow orange blazes.
1.2 1490 ft
Cross Townsend Road.
2.2 1628 ft 2.4 1648 ft 3.4 1742 ft
Go through gate and cross County Route 1 (Searsburg Rd).
4.45 1854 ft
Highest point along Interloken Trail.
4.5 1842 ft
Cross Backbone Trail.
4.7 1815 ft
Cross small stream on bridge.
5.75 1817 ft
Cross Backbone Trail.
5.85 1804 ft 7.05 1801 ft 7.2 1798 ft
Trail turns left off road. Backbone Trail goes straight (veers right). Also reach The Red House Country Inn by continuing to follow road on your left. Views.
7.6 1761 ft
Ravine Trail on your right.
8.2 1801 ft
Pass through gate and enter pasture. Sweeping views to your right.
8.4 1826 ft
Pass through gate and cross Matthews Road.
8.75 1831 ft
8.9 1797 ft
Cross Burnt Hill Trail.
9.4 1650 ft
Gorge Trail joins briefly from the left.
9.5 1692 ft
Gorge Trail turns off on the right.
9.8 1705 ft
Pass close to Burnt Hill Road and parking area.
10.2 1709 ft
South Slope Trail is on your right.
10.7 1724 ft
Begin descent toward Burnt Hill Road.
10.9 1668 ft
Junction with the Finger Lakes/North Country Trail. Interloken Trail turns left and now follows the white blazed Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail.
11.1 1564 ft
Side trail on your left leads to Dunham Lean To and views.
11.4 1343 ft
Trail turns right. View.
11.9 1314 ft
Trail reaches Burnt Hill Road. Parking area. Southern Terminus of Interloken Trail.
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