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Keuka Lake Outlet Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.7 (6)

A beautiful historical nature trail that follows the Keuka Lake Outlet Creek between Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.2

KM

Point to Point

753' 230 m

High

476' 145 m

Low

233' 71 m

Up

444' 135 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This is open sunrise to sunset.

Need to Know

Plenty of information and resources are available at the Friends of the Outlet, Inc. website. You can also find a Historical Trail Guide to put things into perspective in several local businesses.

Description

Walk, run, bike, or ride horseback along this trail. This trail follows the Keuka Lake Outlet Creek, which runs between Keuka and Seneca lakes; it is the only natural stream to connect two Finger Lakes. See the history of mills, railroad, canals, and more as you hike this beautiful nature trail. The stream features two beautiful waterfalls that were formerly used to power mills. The trail is owned and maintained by Friends of the Outlet, Inc., who also host events on the trail.

The trail is relatively flat and easy to navigate and you'll find benches to sit on, pavilions, toilets, and other amenities. There is currently no potable water available along the trail, so make sure to bring your own.

Flora & Fauna

There are a wide variety of flora and fauna on the trail. Look for painted turtles, blue herons, and brown trout. When it comes to flora, notice the difference between the north and south sides of the stream, which get slightly different weather throughout the year. Friends of the Outlet, Inc. host several events to highlight the flora and fauna, such as birding walks, wildflower, and other plant walks.

Contacts

Shared By:

Phillip Rahr with improvements by Sophie Kotok

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 6 votes

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in Penn Yan

#6161

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#1

in Penn Yan

#200

in New York

#6,161

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Seneca Mills Falls on a cloudy day.
Apr 26, 2018 near Penn Yan, NY
Seneca Mills Falls.
Apr 27, 2018 near Penn Yan, NY

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Aug 11, 2018
lindsy iglesias
6mi
Jul 3, 2018
Dennis Rakin
was closer to 7.5 when you take in the extra 0.5 to get to Seneca Lake. then with the round trip ended up being 15 miles. 7.5mi
Jun 20, 2018
Christian Warzocha
Great hike. Been coming to Keuka Lake for 25+ years and never knew this existed. Thanks to this app found a gem.
May 16, 2018
Simon Weston
Just doing a few miles