Seneca Lake is the deepest of the Finger Lakes with an estimated volume of 4.2 trillion gallons, roughly half of the water in all of the Finger Lakes. Seneca and Cayuga lakes are so deep their bottoms are well below sea level. You can drive around the entire lake in 120 minutes.
Geneva (north end)
Spend the day at Seneca Lake State Park on the north shore in Geneva. Great sprayground & playground, plus swimming! Tour Rose Hill Mansion or historic South Main St. Enjoy a show at the Smith Opera House. Walk through Bishop Nature Preserve.
Watkins Glen (south end)
Tackle the 800 steps up the gorge (800 more back down!) at Watkins Glen State Park. Enjoy a walk down the Seneca Lake Pier or through Catharine Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Check out a race at Watkins Glen International.
Follow Rt. 14 just 3 miles south and visit Montour Falls, home to several more waterfalls, including one of the most photographed, Shequaga Falls. As you’re heading back toward Rochester, stop at Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary for a tour.
Around Seneca Lake
Seneca Lake has more wineries than any other Finger Lake. Follow the wine trail! Take a hike through Finger Lakes National Forest and pick wild blueberries for free from a 5-acre managed patch. Eat at Dano’s Heuriger On Seneca, and Spotted Duck. Enjoy a swim and relax at Sampson State Park and Lodi Point State Park. Hike the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail between Seneca and Keuka lakes, or through the Kashong Conservation Area.
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45 minutes from Rochester – MAP