hike #8

Treman State Park on the Finger Lakes Trail

Meet-up:  Dirt parking lot off Route 34-96 northbound precisely where Route 13 northbound coming up from Elmira joins in. The lot is down a little hill and right next to Enfield Creek.  (This is the same parking lot we use for the Lick Brook walk.)

Click here  to see the Google Maps page showing the location.

Warning:  Never try to get into the parking lot from the southbound lanes of the highway. Very dangerous. Instead, keep going south on 34-96 after Route 13 breaks away toward Elmira. After a few hundred feet you’ll come to a U-turn – head back north to Ithaca on 34-96 and watch for the parking lot entrance.

This trail, which runs along the south edge of Treman SP,  gives you a back-end view of one of Ithaca’s most popular tourist sites. It doesn’t have the drama of the Treman gorge trail or the rim trail, but it’s a great walk in its own right, with a steady flow of very beautiful woodland scenes. The trail climbs somewhat steeply for much of the outbound leg, and it can be strenuous at times.  It has several advantages over the gorge and rim trails –– it’s open year round, it’s never crowded, and dogs are welcome.

Click here  to see a nice PDF map showing the main trails in the park.