Cortland County has an abundance of year-round, all-season, outdoor adventure opportunities so it's hard to narrow it down if you've only got one day. From hiking, zip-lining and paddling, outdoor excitement is around every corner.
So dust off your gear. Let us show you how to spend a day in the Cortland County great outdoors!
Greet the day with gusto at the Tinker Falls Trail, which is a great walk to start your Cortland County adventure. The short trek with scenic views takes you to Tinker Falls, a beautiful 50-foot waterfall in Labrador Hollow Unique Area. Even though it’s a half-mile round-trip trail, you’ll want to account for some extra time to sit and enjoy the views. Selfie anyone?
LIME HOLLOW NATURE CENTER
Check out Lime Hollow Nature Center where you can hike, run and jump to your heart’s content. Explore the beautiful rolling hills, forests, streams and numerous ponds as you walk the over 12 miles of open-to-the-public, entrance-fee free trails. Take a walk down the Eric Kroot Art Trail and the Tamarack Art Meadow which displays nature-inspired outdoor art exhibits.
Give yourself an hour to digest with a round of miniature golf at Shipwreck Amusements. Enjoy 18 holes of friendly competition, which includes their Guinness World Record holding Longest Miniature Golf Hole (459 feet and 6 inches). If golf isn’t your thing, they also offer outdoor Paintball Target Shooting.
GREEK PEAK ADVENTURE CENTER
For those of you who are looking for beautiful views, lace up your hiking boots for a hike up Virgil Mountain. The 4.7 mile loop takes you past the Greek Peak Ski Resort and to the highest point in Cortland County on Virgil Mountain (2,132 feet). Looking for a little less walking, and a little more flying? Consider zip-lining or a ride on the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster at the Greek Peak Outdoor Adventure Center to really get your fill of adrenaline.
It’s time to take a breather and enjoy a beverage. Nestled in the rolling hills between Marathon and Willet, Dragonfyre Distillery is a family-owned operation producing whiskey and moonshine. After a sampling in their quaint medieval-style tasting room, wander the grounds to find fairies, wishing trees and Hobbit doors. Don’t forget to watch out for low flying dragons!
Ready to nosh? If you’re looking for an affordable, filling, and tasty meal, try the Chicken Parmesan at Reilly’s Café in the Village of Marathon, or Mijo’s Bar & Grill where we recommend their Monster Burger.
Wrap up your day of adventures with an ice cream cone from Country Blessings, and take a leisurely walk alongside the Tioughnioga River. Plan a future trip to take advantage of the kayaking and fishing opportunities this 34-mile long river provides.
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