Bowman Lake State Park

Bowman Lake State Park


With one mile of the main Finger Lakes Trail inside Bowman Lake State Park, thru hikers will enjoy its scenic roads amid evergreen and hardwood forests – a favorite passage for many along the length of the trail, however brief.

Heading south, hikers will see a Finger Lakes Trail junction sign pointing in the direction of the Berry Hill Fire Tower, about 2.8 miles north of the park. This is a definite ‘photo opp‘ along the trail and affords those who make the climb incredible panoramic views of surrounding forests and the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in the distance.

Returning to the main Finger Lakes Trail, hikers should continue south to enter Bowman Lake State Park. Shortly after entering the park, a junction at the Kopac Trail will veer right, leading toward the Kopac Trail tent site at Whaley Lake

Trail Map

Our Finger Lakes Trail map M24 provides detailed information concerning the trail as it passes through Bowman Lake State Park and beyond. Map M24 is available as a digital download you can use on your smartphone and/or is available in a paper version which we will mail to you.

Finger Lakes Trail map M24 can be purchased by visiting our interactive map and selecting trail map M24. Proceeds from the map sale goes toward the ongoing administration of the entire 950 plus miles of the Finger Lakes Trail.

For use on your smartphone, you’ll need to install the Avenza App.

Sample Map – Shown below is a section of Finger Lakes Trail map M24 which shows the trail as it passes through Bowman Lake. Purchase the full map by clicking on map image below.

Bowman Lake State Park Finger Lakes Trail Map Example

Camping in Bowman Lake State Park

Thru-hikers can choose from two main campsites in Bowman Lake State Park.

The first is a tent site located just off of the blue-blazed Kopac Trail, which offers a picturesque and secluded setting on Whaley Lake.

Alternatively, hikers can choose from over 150 campsites and several cabins at the Bowman Lake State Park campground.

For camping reservations, visit the Bowman Lake State Park website or call 607-334-2718 for more information.


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Fast Fact

Bowman Lake is said to be home to as many as 103 species of birds, including geese, ducks, finches, warblers, hawks, and woodpeckers.