Keuka Lake Outlet Trail

Dresden, NY
Keuka Lake Outlet Trail is a 13.4 mile out and back trail located near Dresden, NY that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

13.4 miles 272 feet Out & Back
dog friendly kid friendly hiking mountain biking trail running walking waterfall
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Reighly Melochick
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Melanie Plummer
4 months ago

9 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome trail for hiking, cross country ski and horseback riding. Very scenic and peacful.

Karen D.
4 months ago

I love this trail, very pretty. The first time I went, I just parked at one of the parking areas near the falls and walked some of the trail. The second time, I started at the Penn Yan end of the trail and rode my bike to the falls. I have to go back and complete the trail starting at the Dresden end.

Doug Kanter
6 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

This is an easy, mostly flat trail with beautiful water alongside for most of the way, and interesting old buildings at various points. You'll probably be left with questions about their history when you're done, and the trail's official web site has historical links to study later. If you want to skip the paved portion in town, go to the Cherry Street parking lot and hike east from there. Even if you don't do the whole trail, it's worth getting as far as Seneca Mills & Falls. It's gorgeous and there's a shelter with tables made from old stone grinding wheels. The visitor center doesn't look like much of anything ever goes on there, so don't get excited about that. NOTE: The web site says the trail is closed due to storm damage. But when I hiked (November 18, 2015), there was no indication that it was closed.

Carolyn Wilson
9 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

This is one of my favorite walks in the Finger Lakes. Unfortunately, I've read recently that the trail is closed due to some damaging storms this year. Keep checking for re-opening or, if you live in Upstate NY, volunteer to help out clearing the trail! It is one of my favorites because of variations of what can be seen on the very easy walking trail: starting at Birkett Mills, a mill know for its buckwheat products, in the town of Penn Yan (worth a walkabout of this charming village on Keuka Lake) The 7-mile trail goes between Penn Yan and Dresden on Seneca Lake. I have walked the whole way once, but the best part is from Penn Yan to the cascading falls in the middle. I have posted some photos of a long ago hike when we lived in NYS..

Micheal Spencer
10 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

My wife and I loved the ride

Richard Youll
11 months ago

6 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail. A lot of intreasting things to see along the way.

Kurt Koczent
1 year ago

8 Completed1 Reviews

This trial is is about 13 miles round trip. Very well maintained and if you go early, you might enjoy this alone. This is a must do if you're in the area.

Lish McBear
2 years ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome trail right near town along a river. Great for jogging and hiking or snow shoeing. Lots of entrances along Outlet road. Near the Milo mills rd entrance there's a rope swing and some rocks and it's nice to swim in summer. Buggy in summer. Pretty flat and wide trail.

William Campbell
2 years ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

beautiful trail, lot of old mills and small falls to see, and a variety of wildlife

Lori Weis Coffman
3 years ago

20 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful trail. Uphill on the way out--took 50 min. Downhill way back took-33 minutes. Beautiful waterfall & scenery. Great moderate ride.

Tibor Stotz
4 years ago

75 Completed49 Reviews

Great trail for all.

Lauranel Banks
5 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

If you are looking for a good easy hike this is a great trail. It connects Dresden at Seneca Lake to the town of Penn Yan at Keuka Lake. Runs along an old railroad bed with a canal on one side and a stream on the other. Old factories and remnants a time long ago give you a lot to look at and wonder about. The terrain is rather flat, and shared with bikers and families with dogs. Great coverage in and out of the sun. Near the Penn Yan entrance the trail is paved.

We hiked from the Lake Seneca side to Penn Yan which was perfect. When we entered Penn Yan there a few places offering lunch so we could relax and then return. At the Lake Seneca entrance there is an ice cream stand to enjoy.