I'm right near Binghamton too, there isn't a whole lot of places close by, but get up to the Adirondacks and you've got some of the best spots in the country.
Chenango Valley State park is alright to check out, it's close by, but pretty developed in most of it, but it's good to just get out and day hike it.
Oakley Corners forest is outside of Owego. It's nothing special, but no one is there when I go. You can kind of explore it in peace. Pretty small though.
For hunting, head south into Pennsylvania off the Great Bend Exit (first in PA off I-81) pretty good sized state game lands with some decent hunting.there's another good game lands south of Apalachin, take Pennsylvania Ave (858) south until you run into it.
There's a PA state park in Susquehanna County just south of Binghamton. It's Salt Springs State Park. Has some hiking trails, gets crowded around the falls, but the side trails are fine to explore on a day hike. Take 29 south from Conklin maybe 8 miles into PA, turn right on to Silver Creek rd.
Much else and you have to travel. I have trouble finding decent places to go /out/ around here.
Reading about Ketchumville Forest... I want to go check it out now... I posted it as a suggestion, without going there yet. No marked trails, but some old logging roads, and old roadways that used to wander through it are left, as well as some remains of old homesteads from maybe 100 years ago. Would be pretty cool to wander around.
Albany area here. Have lived in Ithaca, Roch, and Cuse and fingerlakes. Gorges near Ithaca are fun to cliff jump/swim. Many small state forests in the Bing area.
Fingerlakes are generally better further south where it is more remote and mountainous. North has swamps and bigger towns. The smaller lakes tend to also be better than the big ones- Canandaigua, Seneca, Cayuga. Definitely look into two in particular- Hemlock and Canadice. Pristine untouched state owned wilderness around the entire shore of each and boat motors >5hp banned. They are like a time machine to the 18th century, perfect kayak/canoe lakes. You will need to print a fishing permit online, Google the lake info. Lots of remote streams/creeks in southern fingerlakes that have trout. Catherine Creek and Cold Brook are my faves in April.
Adirondacks are worth the 3-4 hr drive from Binghamton. Really a lifetime of fishing/camping/climbing opportunities there. Canoe camping imo is the best way to experience the adks. Buy the national geographic trails illustrated maps for trail routes and planning.
Large list of hiking areas in Broome County area. Pretty awesome resource.
Are there more sc/out/s in Binghamton than I expected? Or is this just my imagination.
I live just south of Bingo, just into PA. Should do a meet up, do an overnight in one of the county forests.
buffalo anon here we have some good shit to check out.
there is a small park called akron state park it has a nice waterfall and lagoon like area. while i wouldn't drive hours to see it it is beautiful and would stop if passing by.
In chesnut ridge park there is a trail called the eternal flame trail which leads you down a cliff to a small stream you can fallow the stream to a small waterfall with a burning flame inside behind the water. again i wouldn't make the trip specifially for it but if your going threw stop.
Alleghenies mountains are beautiful i would defiantly recommend camping there in the summer there are many trails and a couple beaches and small lakes within the park.
Stony brook is a decent park i think thats around the finger lakes.
Sampson state park on Seneca lake is on a old military base while the park isnt that great i sat outside on the little pier almost all night watching the lake and stars it was pretty nice.
do NOT go to the thousand islands without a boat its boring as fuck.
If anyone can suggest things to do in the adk and finger lake region i would be much appreicated
pic is akron falls
Watkins Glen State Park is about 70 miles from Binghamton.
We go to Watkins Glen every year with our RV. We bring our kayaks, there's some nice kayaking spots just south of the town in the Catherine Creek Wildlife area. No one is ever there either.
As for the park otself, it's really beautiful, but extremely crowded. It's a nice little hike, but since you're basically in town at the park, it's never really feels /out/.
>If anyone can suggest things to do in the adk and finger lake region i would be much appreicated
ADKs- definitely try canoe camping. Certain lakes in the adks (i'll let you search them out) are pretty big and lined by a lot of state-owned shore that has minimal road access or boat launch spots. Paddling 5-10 miles up these lakes or into a chain of them to the more remote areas can really take you away from civilization. Not many people willing to paddle/boat that far into the backcountry so you can find yourself with hundreds of acres of wilderness lake to yourself. Canoe makes carrying gear easier too.