Enjoy a scenic drive through the Southern Finger Lakes!
Fall Foliage and Farms Tour
The cool crisp air, the rich colors taking over the trees, and, sprawling farmlands as far as the eye can see. The perfect setting for a beautiful, scenic drive from Corning, NY to Hornell, NY
Start your scenic drive through the Finger Lakes in Corning, NY on Interstate 86 westbound toward Interstate 99 (route 15) south. Take Addison Route 417 exit and turn right, then follow 417 which turns into Route 36 in Jasper, NY.
Make your first stop Pinnacle State Park at 1904 Pinnacle Road in Addison, NY. Pinnacle State Park has breathtaking views and tremendous vistas, including the Canisteo River Valley, Harris Hill and the Village of Addison. The park is known for its challenging 9-hole golf course, but there are outdoor activities available year round– visitors can hike or cross-country ski on 11 miles of trails while anglers can fish for bass, bluegill or bullheads in Levi Pond. Hunters will find deer, turkey and other small game and picnickers can relax and enjoy the scenery.
After enjoying the great outdoors, visit a New York State Hops Farm, Crooked Creek Hops Farm at 6700 Holden Road Addison, NY. Be sure to call ahead to schedule a tour, then stop by Golden Age Cheese Company at 1577 Mill Street in Woodhull, NY to purchase locally hand-crafted cheeses.
Be sure to stop at The Wigwams Historical Museum at 3855-3893 NY-417 in Jasper, NY. This unusual building was originally a restaurant, service station and free museum along Route 417 in rural Steuben County, New York. It now houses the Historical Society Museum of Jasper, New York.
One of the more unique stops along the driving tour is the Canisteo Living Sign at 84 Greenwood St. in Canisteo, NY. The sign, originally laid out in 1933, consists of 260 pine trees that spell out "Canisteo" and is on the Register of National Historic Places.
Next stop is Cider Creek Hard Cider at 6459 Cunningham Creek Rd in Canisteo, NY. Prepare to be wowed by their high-quality hard cider and relaxed tasting room. Cider Creek proudly uses 100% New York State apples and never add water, sugar, artificial flavors or sweeteners to their products. Cider Creek Hard Cider can be found in retailers, bars and restaurants across New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The last stop of the day is to Railhead Brewing Company at 40 Park Drive in Hornell, NY. Railhead Brewing Company pays homage to the rail industry which came to define Hornell. A local brewery with a rotational tap line of in-house and other local brews paired with a menu of wood oven pizzas offers a great atmosphere to unwind and enjoy the local fare.
Cohocton Fall Foliage Scenic Drive
Take a drive on gently curved roads tucked away in the rolling hills through small villages and along the scenic highway as you make your way from Corning, NY to Hornell, NY.
This scenic drive starts out in Corning, NY at the Corning Museum of Glass. Take a left onto Route 415 North and once outside the Village of Painted Post you'll find yourself on a gently curving road with rolling hills that parallels Interstate I-86. This route will take you through the villages of Campbell, Savona, and Bath.
Once you arrive in Bath, NY, hop on the highway. It may not sound scenic, but the hills and vistas that open up in front of you along I-86 West and then I-390 North are truly spectacular! Take Exit 2 in Cohocton to North Cohocton and visit the Olde Country Store and More at 2 University Avenue North Cohocton, NY and discover unique gifts, home décor, and old-fashioned candy.
In Cohocton, head south on Cohocton-Loon Lake Rd Route 121, where you will skirt the eastern edge of Loon Lake, a favorite fishing and camping spot among locals and visitors alike. Turn left onto Route 21 South and drive for 15 miles through idyllic countryside, the hamlet of Haskinsville, and past the Hornell City Reservoirs.
As you enter North Hornell, you'll find yourself at a crossroads. Turn left onto Route 36 North to visit Jenkins Farm Market at 8637 Route 36 North in Arkport, NY for local produce, Amish baked goods, and a full service deli counter, and then stop in at Wild Brute Winery at 8629 Oak Hill Road in Arkport, NY. Known for their small batch, unfiltered fine wines, Wild Brute is a can't-miss stop. Continue north on Route 36 to visit Stony Brook State Park for scenic fall hikes, or a swim in their modified gorge pool on a warm summer's day.
If you choose to turn right instead, you will find yourself in downtown Hornell. In addition to several restaurants and shopping opportunities along Main Street and the Broadway Mall, you can visit the Erie Depot Museum at 111 Loder St in Hornell, NY and explore artifacts and memorabilia honoring the railroad heritage that built a thriving community.
After a day of driving among breathtaking scenery and stopping at a few great locally owned businesses along the way, sit back and relax at Railhead Brewing Company at 40 Park Drive in Hornell, NY. This micro brewpub specializes in brick oven pizza to pair with their brews and is the perfect end to a daylong drive through the spectacular Finger Lakes fall foliage.