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Finger Lakes Biking - Whoa Momma Climb, Lakeside, Vineyard View and Sampson Trail

image: Map of trail Length: 10 - 25 miles round trip depending on where you turn around

Features: A 1000ft warm up followed by a steep narrow 1.5 mile climb to Upper Lake Rd. where you ride by vineyards, Amish and Mennonite farms, a wildlife refuge and a bar/restaurant all accompanied by grand views of Seneca Lake. The midpoint of the ride is in the Sampson State Park where you ride a paved path along the edge of Seneca Lake. The roads are low traffic country roads in fair condition and are well suited for bike travel. Shoulders are narrow however, so be alert.

Difficulty: Difficult

Sights: Lakeshore, ducks, Lodi Point State Park, Willard Wildlife Management area, Buena Vista Golf Course, Sampson State Park.

Stops: Lodi Point State Park (restrooms and picnic tables available)
Willard Wildlife Management Area
Buena Vista State Golf Course and Clubhouse
Sampson State Park
Naval Training Base Museum

Road Directions:

  • Turn left out of Lodi Point State Park
  • Keep right onto Lodi Point Rdand prepare for a significant climb.
  • At the stop sign turn left onto Upper Lake Road (heading North).
  • At approximately 5 miles you will see the Willard Wildlife Management Area on your left. (a good place to stop for a break and a short hike if you'd like)
  • Continue on Upper Lake Rd. for a mile and the Buena Vista State Golf Course will be on your left. (Their Clubhouse is also not a bad place to stop for a drink and a sandwich.)
  • Continue past the golf course for 1/10 mile.
  • Turn left at the stop sign (Willard Drug Treatment Center on the corner)
  • This road heads down toward the water (slight hill) and ends at the beginning of the Sampson State Park Trail.
  • Continue into Sampson State Park and ride along the lake.
  • Venture as far into the park as you would like. There is a Naval Training Museum inside the park.
  • Reverse directions to return to Lodi Point State Park

The view on the return trip is almost completely different as you are now facing the southern end of the lake, however you could follow the directions below to get to Rt 96A & 414 and use that as the path to return to Lodi Point State Park. If you choose this return path, please use caution as there is a lot more traffic moving at high speeds.

  • Head for the park's main entrance / exit
  • Turn right onto Rt 96A (you are now headed South)
  • Follow Rt 96A for ~ 5 miles where it turns East (an uphill climb) for 1 mile.
  • When you reach the flashing red light in Ovid, turn right onto Rt 414S and 96A.
  • You will pass through the village of Ovid (stop anywhere that catches your interest)
  • Follow Rt 414 five miles to Lodi.
  • There will be an ice cream/soda stand on your left (stop if you'd like)
  • 1.3 miles past the Ice cream stand turn right onto Shaw Rd.
  • Follow Lodi Point Rd to Lodi Point State Park


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