From Otisco Lake to Canandaigua Lake—and everywhere in between—you'll find the Finger Lakes to be a great place for biking, provided that you are in moderately good shape and are comfortable sharing the road. Explore beautiful wooded trails, or ride along the road routes that wind through this incredibly scenic region.
Here are a few of our favorite biking routes around the Finger Lakes:
Otisco Lake is a perfect spot for bicycling. Otisco Valley Road runs alongside the eastern shores of the lake, and a leisurely ride along this route takes you through Amber, Bay Shore and Williams Grove. Cutting west across Sawmill Road takes you to Spafford Valley, where a right turn on West Valley Road takes you on a northwestern tack back up to the lake, where you can access the Causeway from the western shore of Lake Otisco.
The circuit around Owasco Lake is a popular road route with easy to moderate terrain. Emerson Park is generally the best starting and ending point. Here's a suggested route that covers about 32 miles: follow Route 38 heading south along the west side of the lake all the way to Moravia, where you'll turn right onto N. Main Street. Enter Fillmore Glen State Park on your left, then when you leave the park, turn right on Route 38 North, continue north on Main Street / Rockefeller Road and follow signs for Route 38A North, which will run along the east side of the lake all the way back to Emerson Park.
The 101-mile circuit around Cayuga Lake is a popular road route, with Ithaca as a logical starting and ending point. This ride hugs the lake for most of the route, giving you great water views for the entire ride.
The Seneca Lake Loop is a 77-mile route, with Lakeshore Park in Geneva being the most convenient starting and ending point. It's a moderate ride, with only one grade to climb coming out of Watkins Glen.
Keuka Lake is especially good for bicyclists. The 44-mile circuit around the lake is a popular route, with spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding vineyards. What was once known as the "Crooked Lake Canal," that linked Keuka Lake to Seneca Lake, has been out of use since 1870, but the path left by the canal is now put to good use by bikers prepared to get off the road.