The Cayuga Trails Club is responsible for maintenance of about 100 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail System. Many of the club's hikes are on sections of the FLT System.
The entire FLT System is open for use by the general public with no fees charged for its use.
The trail system is designated as a footpath and is intended for foot travel only - hiking, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Motorized vehicles, bikes, snowmobiles, and horses are not permitted unless specifically approved by the landowner or public authority having jurisdiction. It is recommended that groups be kept as small as possible, particularly for back-packing when the size should not exceed 10 persons.
Some sections of the trail are on private property with the kind permission of the landowners. Permission to hike on these sections is granted on the condition that hikers respect the preferences of the landowner. These sections are subject to the following restrictions:
The FLT is allowed to cross private property due entirely to:
Please help us maintain a premier hiking trail and do not violate these closings or posted restrictions.
Areas where vehicles can be parked legally are mentioned in the Guide to Hiking Trails of the Finger Lakes Region and are marked on FLTC maps. Some locations are along road; in this case, be sure to park well off the road surface. If you are going to leave a car for several days it is best to avoid roadside parking. Inquiring locally or through the local sheriff may provide a safe and legal parking location. In any event, do not leave any valuables visible in the vehicle. Winter conditions often make it impossible to use designated parking locations.
Normally, all trailheads and trail road crossings are marked with a one-foot square yellow sign with a green FLT logo. Other locations are marked with 3-inch white or orange disks with the FLT logo. The trail is marked with 2" x 6" vertical paint or plastic blazes on trees, poles, and posts along the entire route, except in the Catskill Forest Preserve where the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) trail disks are used. Blazes are visible when traveling in either direction. Normally, when you are at one blaze, you can see the next blaze further down the trail. On some roads and well-defined trail the blazes may be a little farther apart.
Single blazes are used to identify the route. Double blazes, one above the other, are caution signs for you to look for a turn off from the general direction of travel or other situations for which you should be alert:
|Beginning of trail||Trail continues||End of trail|
|Look for turn or other change||Look for left turn||Look for right turn|
|Trail start/end (old style)||Left turn (old style)||Right turn (old style)|
|Trail name||Blaze||Disk logo|
|Indian Trail Loop||Orange|
|Buttermilk Falls Spur||Orange|
|Other short side-trails, generally blazed with blue, are used for access to major trails, water sources, shelters, outhouses, and campsites.|
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