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at Finger Lakes State Park

Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 2.75 Miles View map

Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trails is set inside the 90-acre Kelley Branch Restoration Area. The trail traverses up and down the wooded hills along the Kelley Branch stream.  The stream area has been set aside for restoration work and is closed off from off-road vehicle riding. The trail loops mountain bike riders and hikers from the picnic area trailhead north, then to the southern most point of the park crossing Kelley Branch Creek.   The trail takes riders through wooded landscapes that feature steep mounds measuring 20 to 30 feet high. Then, the trail descends to the flat bottomland for a short ride, then back up the hillside, where there is a picturesque waterfall. The trail then goes down to the old remains of a mining bridge. This area was reclaimed from Peabody Coal, which strip-mined coal from the area during the 1960s. Deer and beaver are common in the area.

 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.75 miles 2 hours Loop Yellow At the day-use/picnic area parking lot

ORV Trail System’s Main Trail

  • ATV
  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking

Length: 900 acres View map

In the open riding area of the park, a designated dirt trail is identified that leads motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles from the campground to the motocross track, the staging area and south to the park office. The trail takes riders through wooded landscape that has been reclaimed from Peabody Coal, which strip-mined coal from the area during the 1960s. Rider will pass by a number of lakes and steep mounds measuring 20 to 30 feet both deep and high.

This trail is marked with information signs leading riders to destination points in the park and is designed for all skill level riders. There are steep grades and mud along the trail as well as slippery surfaces and some downed vegetation.

This 5.25 miles of trail is the only designated and maintained trail in the off-road riding area. However, riders may have developed other paths and routes in the area. All riders are advised to use precaution at all times. Efforts have been made to make Finger Lakes State Park a safe riding area, however natural forces may create unknown hazards.  Riders ride at their own risk.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
5.25 Miles n/a Linear Green (1. At the south end of the staging area; (2. At the south end of the overflow parking in the campground; (3. On the east side of the motocross area

Finger Lakes State Park Water Trail

  • Boating

Length: 4.50 miles

See a different side of the park by experiencing it from a canoe or kayak on Peabody Lake. The trail is divided into two sections – the 2.20-mile north section and the 2.30-mile south section. A .40-mile white connector between the two sections lets you complete the entire trail. Buoys are placed every .10 of a mile on the path of the trail with blue buoys for the north section and red for the south.

The park was once an active strip mine and the lakes are the water-filled pits created when the coal was removed. After mining operations ceased in the late 1960s, the land became a project to demonstrate the use of strip-mined land for recreational purposes and Finger Lakes State Park was created. If you don’t have a canoe or kayak, you can rent one at the park office.

 

Finger Lakes State Park Water Trail
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4.50 miles n/a Linear Blue At the beach parking lot