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looking to explore more west, and want to ride the finger lakes region. would be 4 of us, and we are looking for good lodging on the trail. not really looking for the hotel scene. looked at airbnb and it's hard to tell if they have trail access. appreciate any lodging and trail ideas from those in the know. right now looks like presidents week for a couple mid-week nights.
 

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It’s not finger lakes region that you’re looking for but Allegany State Park out in Salamanca is a cool spot. You can rent cabins in the state park and ride through there and there are some good trails around the park. You can also ride right to the casino outside the park. Did a group ride out there a few years ago and it was great. I believe you can do the same at Letchworth State Park just south of Geneseo. I wish I could help you more with the finger lakes area. I know looking on Vrbo or air bnb it can be hard finding house location to the trail especially if the owner doesn’t post it. Good luck.
 

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found one near cortland on the trail that may work for us. good starting point and closer to home
I'm just getting back into snowmobiling after 20 years of not riding.

I'm in northeast Onondaga County and used to ride a lot in southern Onondaga and Cortland Counties. In and around the Tully, Morgan Hill, Preble areas.

THIS SITE might help you out. It has a lot of trails listed throughout the state. I click on it and wait 25 or so seconds for it to open the map.

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That's a nice area to ride. Pretty nice place to knock around with a mountain bike, too. It's pretty, hilly country. Nice folks in most of the places where I stop for gas or food.

Compared to other places that I ride, that area seems to be more boom/bust when it comes to widespread snow cover. There's more prevalence of water holes and mud in the lower elevations. The area around Lafayette, Tully and Preble is usually just fine, though. Traffic is usually low, and most of the clubs seem to do a lot with what they get.

But- unless there's a big sustained snow and cold event- options are often limited to get north and west from the I-81 corridor out toward the Finger Lakes region. It's not been unusual the last few years to strike out from Tully in two feet of snow, and be running through green grass by the time I get to just west of Virgil.

Generally speaking, in my experience it's often more reliable to go east, out through the Cincy/Pharsalia areas toward Norwich/Oneonta. The trail hounds and sno riders in particular tend to have ample snow to work with, and their volunteers work their ass off to promote a consistent and long riding season.
 

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Yeah, having good snow in the Onondaga/Cortland County area can really be hit or miss. It's a nice area to ride though.

I've never been much farther east then Fabius/Cuyler. Have to try going farther south and east like the Cincy/Pharsalia and Norwich/Oneonta area's Wantry mentioned.

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i have been towards oneonta, wasn't as nice as going west . i went as far as cazenovia, down towards cortland, and swung through to morrisville , and back to bridgewater, where we parked. had lunch at the blue canoe, stickdude can't believe i ate it all. even have a little video of that day
 

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Closed...?

The Canoe is worth building an entire ride around. Come to think of it, the Canoe's blueberry pie alone is worth it.
Someone in the other forum said it closed.
 

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South of the thruway when there is snow is some of the best riding in NY.
i'll second that. i always make a point of it when snow hits. can go north later. i like just north of the thruway too. we sometimes start in sharon springs and ride to ilion, across the thruway, up to salisbury or barneveld for lunch. back around through st johnsville , across the thruway , and back. when it's cold we cross the mohawk and go down the bike path to cross the thruway.


 

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I keep my sled at the in-laws during the winter in Morrisville. I went to school out in Cobleskill and would like to ride out that direction more. I’ve heard about the riding there and just up past Little Falls. Unfortunately with the low snow conditions in the past few years I haven’t ventured out there. The Hill is good when it’s low snow everywhere else but the mix of farm fields, hills and the views around the thruway area and south is great.
 

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Canoe was open as of about 10d ago (one of my fishing buddies had a burger) ... that's all I know about it 'til we get some snow and I can ride down there and check it out in person.

If youre based south of me, Cortland area, and looking for a high-mile ride ... an option is to head due north, up through Nelson/Fenner/Stota. Those trail conditions are very weather dependent. Sometimes a little janky, sometimes really awesome, but bottom line the clubs seem to emphasize keeping their corridor trails passable once there's snow. If you can get to Canastota you can get to almost anywhere. Run the length of Oneida Lake to West Monroe and then up toward Pulaski/Sandy Creek area; cross the lake and use Taberg's trails to Camden and points north; run east through Rome and onto the Hill, or better yet hang a right toward Forestport and points east; of course all is dependent on snow cover and ice safety but there are good miles to be had most years.
 

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Canoe was open as of about 10d ago (one of my fishing buddies had a burger) ... that's all I know about it 'til we get some snow and I can ride down there and check it out in person.

If youre based south of me, Cortland area, and looking for a high-mile ride ... an option is to head due north, up through Nelson/Fenner/Stota. Those trail conditions are very weather dependent. Sometimes a little janky, sometimes really awesome, but bottom line the clubs seem to emphasize keeping their corridor trails passable once there's snow. If you can get to Canastota you can get to almost anywhere. Run the length of Oneida Lake to West Monroe and then up toward Pulaski/Sandy Creek area; cross the lake and use Taberg's trails to Camden and points north; run east through Rome and onto the Hill, or better yet hang a right toward Forestport and points east; of course all is dependent on snow cover and ice safety but there are good miles to be had most years.
i have been to pulaski from the hill. huge water holes at that point. over the mexico way , and most everything north. we like to park in salisbury when we ride north. from there we go west to lee center, up to west lyden, back across to boonville, forestport, hinkley, and back. one of the best parts of that ride is lunch at gone coastal. gooood stuff!
 
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