"The fabulous Fingerlakes- Seneca County New york" Seneca Falls by swampdweller

Seneca Falls Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 20 photos

Seneca County, back roads, scenic routes, and MORE

Seneca County is located in the heart of the Fingerlakes Region of Upstate New York. I lived here for 12 years, a little south of Seneca Falls.
You can't get lost here because the county is bordered on the left and right (respectively) by Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Leaving Seneca Falls on 414S is the Cayuga Scenic Highway, you can see the rolling hills, farms, vineyards and wineries, and Cayuga Lake.On your left not far from SF, be sure to stop by Pirates Cove for a cold beer and feel comfortable knowing you will be welcomed. These are good people who love to tell you all about the best places to eat, drink and FISH! The ice cold clear blue water just below the bluff. This is a beautiful trip to take on a motorcycle and you will end up in Ithaca, home of Cornell University. Lots to do there. Head back up 96A thruogh Trumansburg and be sure and stop by the Rongovian Embassy. It is a restaurant/tavern you have to see.

The Legendary White Deer Herd of Seneca Army Depot

Up from Trumansburg,it's not too far to Sampson State Park. See Lake trout 30 feet below the surface of the most beautiful of all the Fingerlakes. Skip smooth pebbles (Look for ones with holes worn in them from the waves) across the lake and listen to the sounds of the water. Beautiful all year round! A few miles north, see Seneca Army Depot (closed thanks to Gram Rudman Act) Built in 1941, this storage depot is home to a herd of over 600 white deer!!! When the fenced in the 600+ acre ammunition area on your right, the deer interbred and after many generations, they began to drop white fawns. They aren't albinos, they have blue eyes and pure white fur. I never drove by without seeing several whites grazing by the fence. The bucks have trophy racks and are unlike anything you have seen before. Bring your camera and lots of film, as this is a once in lifetime sight. Don't miss them! Take the first Left past Sampson down to East Lake Road, then right on East Lake up to Geneva, home of the Smith Opera House.It is an architectual masterpiece and even if you don't care about about architecture, this is a sight to behold. All along the way you will see 19th Century Victorian homes and each little toewn has a local hotel with no rooms for rent but usually a great little place to eat. Best Italian food I ever had and I had ALOT!

Best kept secrets on where to eat Italian/american

On East Lake road as you get closer to the northern tip of Seneca Lake, stop by the Stagecoach restaraunt for an excellent meal and a great family atmosphere. The staff is friendly and the food is good and reasonably priced. If you head into Walterloo, the birthplace of Memorial day, You have to eat at Emile's. I recommend the Frog legs and linguine, and the calimari and escargot cannot be beat! You can get a good steak there too. They have a good selection of local wines for you to enjoy. Up the road toward Seneca Falls look for the "Scythe Tree" on your left. When the farm boys left the fields to fight the War Between the States, they would bury their scythe blades in that tree & if you look closely, you might see a glimpse. Of course, Seneca Falls is known as the birthplace of Womens Rights and this is where the Sufferagette Movement Began. No comment. Just be sure to go to eat at Antonina's for some really outstanding Italian specialties. The Veal Parmisian is enough to make you lay down and scream!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great Italian restaurants/taverns, home of Gould Pumps
  • Cons:Birthplace of Womens Rights and Sufferage Movement
  • In a nutshell:White Deer, Fingerlakes, Friendly people, Italian Food
  • Last visit to Seneca Falls: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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