I’ve been living out of state for quite a while and just moved back to the area. I lived in the Rockies and Cascades, where the most beautiful and secluded wilderness was always just a stone’s throw away. Now that I’m back in the 585, I’m looking for good weekend trips into some proper nature - I’m talking peace, quiet, and big views. Dramatic landscapes, waterfalls, caves, coastline, whatever. Preferably not as far away as the ADK, but I’m willing to drive if that’s what it takes.
I’m pretty familiar with Letchworth, Stony Brook, etc and am trying to cultivate a list of lesser known and less developed areas. I’m not super familiar with Ithaca but I’ve heard it’s pretty tight. Also not super familiar with the shoreline of Lake Ontario (if there’s any wild areas left up there).
So what are everyone’s favorite outdoor areas in upstate/western New York that feel far removed from the urban/suburban sprawl and farmland that’s so common up here?
By - everything_gnar