About the Cayuga Trails Club


The Cayuga Trails Club is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) volunteer organization, founded in 1962 "to explore, enjoy, and preserve wild lands and places of natural beauty and interest through informal study of the natural and historical features of the out-of-doors by walks and related activities."

The bylaws of the club are available here.


Maintaining the Finger Lakes Trail

  • Trail scouting, construction, and maintenance of more than 100 miles of trail, including a 75-mile section of the Finger Lakes Trail from Watkins Glen to Caroline, 15 miles of FLT spur trails, the 8.5-mile Cayuga Trail through the Cornell Campus and Plantations, and other short trails.
  • Walk, Look & Learn Hikes where we take time to enjoy the natural wonders along the trail.
  • Special trips to regional points of interest for hiking, skiing, snow-shoeing, or canoeing.
  • Social Events: dish-to-share dinners and picnics, slide shows, and annual banquet.


  • Cayuga Trails — Newsletter containing calendar of events and other news. Published six times per year and available by mail to members and landowners hosting the trail.
  • Guide to Hiking Trails of the Finger Lakes Region — A guide with maps of 125 miles of the FLT from Bradford, west of Watkins Glen, to the Virgil/Greek Peak area. Other nearby hiking trails and natural areas are also described. For sale in Ithaca bookstores and sports shops.


Anyone interested in hiking and the out-of-doors is invited to join the Cayuga Trails Club. Members are encouraged to participate in trail upkeep and/or other activities.


CTC is affiliated with the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (FLTC), the coordinating group for the Finger Lakes Trail System. The 560-mile main trail extends from Allegany State Park on the west to the Catskill Mountains on the east. Branch and side trails extend the total FLT system to more than 950 miles. The CTC section of the Main Finger Lakes Trail is officially designated as the route of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

The following neighboring clubs are also FLTC affiliates:

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