In the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, between the villages of Penn Yan on Keuka Lake and Dresden on Seneca Lake, lies the Keuka Outlet Trail. The trail is built on the track bed of the old Fall Brook Railroad that once connected the lakes.

The Outlet Trail is currently 7 miles long. The trail’s descent from Keuka Lake to Seneca Lake is gradual, and so the trail can be traveled in either direction with relative ease. The trail surface is a combination of asphalt, dirt, gravel, and ballast from the railroad bed; mostly owned and maintained by the Friends of the Outlet, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the lands and waters of the Keuka Lake Outlet Preservation Area.

One of the very first “rail trails”, the Keuka Outlet Trail is a multiple-use trail, open free to the public year-round between sunrise and sunset for hiking and other forms of foot-travel (snowshoeing, cross-country skiing) as well as for bicycling, horseback riding, and dog-walking. The creek may be fished and users are expected to share the trail and the creek and be considerate of others.

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