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Snowshoeing in New York: Where to Go in the Finger Lakes Region

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Do you plan on visiting New York's Finger Lakes Region this winter? If so, don't forget to pack your snowshoes. The region is home to many wonderful snowshoeing destinations. With that said, here are my picks for some of the best ones:

Sampson State Park

Sampson State Park is located in Seneca County. It features more than 2 miles of trails. I'd suggest that visitors contemplate exploring the 1.7 mile long Lake Shore Trail. It offers views of Seneca Lake. There are also benches located along the way. There are no snowshoe rentals available on premise. The facility opens daily. However, visitors should note that the park's restrooms are not open during the winter months. A $7 vehicle entry fee is payable upon arrival.

Lodging is available nearby at the Yale Manor Bed and Breakfast in Romulus. Some of their rooms come equipped with fireplaces. One of the best times to visit is during Seneca Falls' Annual It's a Wonderful Life Celebration. It takes place during the month of December.

Fair Haven Beach State Park

Fair Haven Beach State Park is located in Cayuga County. The park's hours of operation vary. Visitors should plan on bringing their own snowshoes and paying an $8 vehicle entry fee. Paths worth exploring are the Lakeshore Trail and the Woodland Trail. They may be combined to form a loop trail that connects to the park's service road. Park highlights include Sterling Marsh, Sterling Pond and Juniper Pond. If you get hungry after hitting the trails, give O'Connor's Main Street Pub a try. It is located in Fair Haven. The staff makes a good crock of French onion soup.

Taughannock Falls State Park

Tompkins County's Taughannock Falls State Park features miles of winter trails, waterfalls, a warming shelter, restrooms and picnic areas. Snowshoe rentals are not available onsite. Paths to consider exploring include the Gorge Trail and the 2 mile Multi-Use Trail. The Multi-Use Trail is located near the warming shelter and the park's ice skating pond. The park opens daily at dawn. In order to access the area, the remittance of a $7 vehicle entry fee is required.

Chimney Bluffs State Park

Wayne County's Chimney Bluffs State Park features more than 3 miles of trails, restrooms and picnic areas. Visitors should bring their own snowshoes and sundries. Paths to contemplate exploring are the 1.25 mile long Bluff Trail and the 1.75 mile long East-West Trail. There is no admission fee to access the park. It usually opens daily at dawn.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.

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