The Finger Lakes Trail Conference’s Annual Fall Weekend Festival is a decades-old event that is both a reunion for old friends and an opportunity to welcome new members and friends of the Finger Lakes Trail.

The weekend features your choice of more than a dozen area hikes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We’ll gather for a Friday night social hour followed by a catered BBQ dinner, live entertainment, and socializing around a bonfire.

More hiking on Saturday, followed by our Annual Membership Meeting in the afternoon (4 pm) and an evening celebration of all things FLT. We’ll be honoring some individuals and groups who’ve made special contributions to the FLT, recognizing End-to-End finishers from the last few years, and celebrating with more than 100 hikers who completed the County Hike Series through Tompkins County this year.

Our Fall Weekend Festival isn’t just about hiking – though there is plenty of that! – it’s about connecting with the FLT and our amazing trail community. We are particularly excited this year to be celebrating our 60thAnniversary with you at our first Fall Weekend Festival in three years! If you can’t join for the entire weekend, we hope you’ll come for the hikes and any of the gatherings!

A full schedule of hikes is available here: 2022 FLTC Fall Weekend Hikes. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

About Fall Weekend Festival

The FLTC’s first ever “Fall Campout” was held in Ithaca in 1962, and we are thrilled to be returning to the area for our 60th Anniversary Fall Weekend Festival September 16-18!

Everyone is welcome for this weekend of hiking, running, eating, and celebrating our FLT Community!

Check-in starts at 11 am on Friday at the Grayhaven Motel. Hiking begins Friday at noon, followed by a social hour and barbecue dinner catered by Feast and Company Catering (vegetarian options available), and live entertainment and a bonfire at the Grayhaven Motel. Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale at the social hour and with dinner. BYOB for the evening bonfire.

Saturday hikes begin early!  The Finger Lakes Trail Conference will hold its Annual Membership Meeting Saturday at 4 pm at the Grayhaven. The meeting will be held as a hybrid with a Zoom option available for those who can’t attend in person. At night, join us for a special catered dinner (vegetarian and vegan options available) followed by the FLTC’s 60th Anniversary Awards Ceremony, at which we will recognize people who’ve made and are making significant contributions to the Finger Lakes Trail, as well as End-to-End Finishers from the last few years and our 2022 Tompkins County Hike Finishers.

Sunday morning hikes begin early as the Board of Managers assembles for our fall meeting.

You will breakfast on your own each day of the weekend (the Grayhaven Motel does include a light breakfast for guests staying there). Boxed lunches will be available for your hikes on Saturday and Sunday but they MUST be ordered in advance.

You must register for the weekend and purchase meal tickets in advance. Registration will be open through September 7.

Full hike schedule is available here: 2022 FLTC Fall Weekend Hikes FINAL


Member Registration*$50
Non-Member Registration* $90

Boxed Lunches (Fri, Sat, Sun) $15/each day
Friday Dinner (Catered Buffet)$30
Saturday Dinner (Catered BBQ)$35

*Registration includes participation in scheduled hikes and trail runs. All meals purchased separately. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for social hours and meals. BYOB for evening bonfires. All events and activities at the Grayhaven will take place outdoors. We have rented tents and heaters to ensure your comfort.

About The Venue

Sitting on 11 acres that back up to the Finger Lakes Trail just minutes from the trailhead of the FLT at Robert H. Treman State Park, the Grayhaven Motel is a lovingly restored vintage motor lodge offering 16 rooms that accommodate individuals, families, and groups of all sizes.

The Grayhaven has been hosting vacationers and travelers for more than 100 years. You’ll find classic and spacious mid-century rooms as well as fully equipped cottages and suites with kitchenettes. Rooms have been thoughtfully restored with period fixtures and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable, unique, and sustainable stay. The Grayhaven is dog friendly! Ask for details when you make your reservation.

You can book your room at the Grayhaven by visiting this site, or contacting them by phone or email: 607-272-6434; [email protected]. PLEASE NOTE: the Grayhaven has blocked the entire motel for our event. You must use the link provided or call to make your reservation. The Grayhaven’s website will indicate they are full.

A thorough list of other accommodations in and around Ithaca is available to download and print here: Ithaca Accommodations Fall Weekend.


Friday, September 16

Friday, September 16
11 amRegistration Opens at the Grayhaven
12 pm – 2 pmHikes Depart
5 pmSocial Hour (beverages available for purchase)
6 pm – 10 pmDinner, Entertainment, Bonfire

Saturday, September 17

Saturday, September 17
7 am – 9 amPre-Paid Lunch Pick-up
8 am Registration Opens
8 am – 9:30 amHikes Depart
4 pmFLTC Annual Meeting
5 pmSocial Hour (beverages available for purchase)
6 pmDinner
7 pm – 10 pmAwards Ceremony

Sunday, September 18

Sunday, September 18
7 am – 9 amPre-Paid Lunch Pick-up
8:30 am – 9 amHikes Depart
9 am – 12 pmFLTC Board Meeting