Keuka Lake, often called “the middle finger”, is the only Finger Lake that runs both north and south. You can drive around the entire lake in 90 minutes.
You’ll find Penn Yan on the north end, and Hammondsport on the south, with amazing wineries in between along both shores.
Penn Yan (north end)
Hike the 6.6 mile long Keuka Lake Outlet Trail between Keuka Lake in Penn Yan to Dresden on Seneca Lake. It was was ranked one of the 25 best hiking trails in the Northeast. The trail takes you past by remnants of mills, locks and bridges that used the waterway’s energy to grist grain, saw lumber and distill spirits during the mid-1800s.
Spend time exploring the view between the branches at Keuka Lake State Park, Garret Memorial Chapel, and Keuka College’s Norton Chapel. Enjoy a beautiful, scenic drive from Bluff Point south along NY-54A.
Spend a few hours eating and shopping at The Windmill, with nearly 200 local producers and craftsmen, including a large presence of Amish-made goods. There’s a handy map of the market to help you explore.
Hammondsport (south end)
Relax on the south shore in Hammondsport at Depot Park. Tour Pleasant Valley Wine, the Finger Lakes Region’s oldest winery, or the Glen H Curtiss Museum, honoring a local pioneer of American aviation.
Visit a wineries with scenic Keuka Lake View!
There are sophisticated publications out there dedicated to the intricacies of wineries, vineyards, cellars, and tasting rooms in the Finger Lakes Region. Our priority is simply to show you which ones have the most spectacular scenic Keuka Lake views!
Other points of interest
More Information about Keuka Lake
60 minutes from Rochester – MAP
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