After the summit the trail descends the other side of the hill to another road where the trail parallels but does not meet the road. At about 5 miles there is a viewpoint over the creek which can be almost dry when there has been no rain. At .7 miles cross a jeep trail and continue across to the other side where you will pick up the white blazes again. Turn right and walk on the shoulder of the road back to the parking area. The trail descends to Newton Brook which should be easy to cross except in the highest water conditions. The Finger Lakes Trail is a primitive footpath that starts in Allegheny State Park on the New York - Pennsylvania border and extends 576.5 miles to end in the Catskill Park at the beginning of the Table Peekamoose Trail off the Phoenicia East Branch Trail near the Denning trailhead. Turn right onto Bleck Road which continues to climb before a descent to the car. The South Rim Trail continues down to Route 329 in Watkins Glen where it crosses Route 14 and follows city streets on the way to the southern end of Seneca Lake. Take County Route 10A west from Norwich for 5.0 miles. A GPS unit is helpful. Walk to the treeline and look for white blazes in the woods. Choosing a weekday in the off-season give you the best chance of a little solitude in the gorge. Drive up the hill and passed the first parking area on the left where the forest begins. Cross the road to stay on the trail and continue north crossing another stream at about 4.8 miles. Turn right on Lincklaen Road and drive 2 miles to Cuyler Hill Road. Within .5 miles, cross Searles Hill Road where Case Road turns to gravel and dirt. The traffic noise from I81 is obvious and you may be able to see the cars on the highway. From Vly Pond another ascent and descent brings you to a well-used woods road at 2.0 miles. Begin Your Exploration. This stream is wider than some in the area and has a bridge. The land on the other side of the road is private property but the owner allows hikers on the trails. You will come to a wooden causeway that spans the outlet of the lake. You may also take the high water bypass route by continuing to walk down Case Road for .1 miles to the junction with Route 206. The next .7 miles to Case Road is about the same as you climb a small hill and then hit the road. Turn south onto the Finger Lakes Trail and walk 2.2 miles to Ludlow Road. When you reach the point where the trail crosses the stream, you will find no bridge to safely cross. It also drops over 500 feet which must be regained to get to your car. Walk along the road and cross Mud Creek on a road bridge. Turn right and cross the creek on the bridge. At 6.2 miles pass by the upper falls without a good view. The trail initially skirts the meadow passing through the trees at the edge. The last part of the trail follows a nice stone wall for some distance before crossing Ridge Road at 8.4 miles where there is plenty of room to park several cars. Walk up to an open field and out to a vineyard. Watch for a turn to the right onto a switchback at about 1 mile. The talk will touch on the history of the 570-mile FLT, the governing body of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, and the highlights of the FLT in the Catskills, starting near the Cannonsville reservoir and ending near Slide Mt. Drive north about 9 miles on Route 8. After that, hike to Braley Hill Road and then back from there. The road gains a little elevation but the alternate path along open road is a welcome change. Les innombrables érables et hêtres des forêts prennent des teintes orangées et dorées chaque automne durant le fameux été indien ce qui en fait une … The woods road may be wet but is a least well blazed. Descend to Knight Settlement Road after hiking 9.5 miles. Start at any of the numerous trailheads and section hike the trail at your leisure. In both cases there are snowmobile trails or woods roads in the area of the turns. The farmer asks that all gates be left as they were found. Soon the road becomes more consolidated. The Finger Lakes Trail map description indicates a bivouac site north of the turn at the turn around point on the road. The trail meets the road at 5.9 miles. Follow the lane for a while until the trail turns right into the woods next to the field. This hike is best done as a car spot as it is 7 miles one way! The problem with this approach is that the brook is often too high to cross without getting wet at the start of your hike. Continue to follow the blazes on the road and you will eventually pass the park entrance and come to Sherman Road at 4.2 miles where you turn right. The turn may not be well marked. At 6 miles cross the creek on a road bridge, turn left and walk up the road a few hundred feet to Carson Road. At 3.9 miles there is a serious ascent toward the top of an unnamed hill gaining 470 feet over .7 miles. The return trip is on local roads which makes the walking easier. And the Finger Lakes region has a history of innovators and world-changers, visionaries, inventors, scientists, and people who simply wouldn’t take no for an answer. The highest elevation on the entire FLT is 3660' near Balsam Lake Mountain in the Catskills. For the next .8 miles the road descends to the point where the trail enters the woods. This hike can be done with a car spot but it is only 8 miles round trip. The forest is an interesting mix of red pines and deciduous trees and the walk is pleasant if not particularly scenic. This hike is best done with a car spot since it is 6.24 miles one way for a total of 12.8 miles. There are also several very nice hunting camps along the road. You are now headed south and downhill. After a very short descent, DOT Tower Road is a left turn. A nice option is to walk about to the first crossing you made of Route 10 at about 3.65 miles. Turn left on Tower Road. Walk north losing elevation every bit of the way until you have dropped 350 feet to where the Finger Lakes Trail comes out of the woods on the left. At 6.2 miles begin a 1.25 mile descent dropping 530 feet to the area near the lake. Cross the stream and head right along the other bank until you pick up the blazes again. The county park is well worth seeing! Near the top of this climb the trail levels and your reward is the Split Rock Lookout. If you have parked a car near here, walk to the car. A brief uphill walk brings you to a right turn on Houck Road Extension. Continue on this "road" following whatever blazes you can until about .45 miles. When you are done, retrace your steps to the car. Turn right after the lower falls on the blue trail. Someone has collected many branches and placed them between standing trees to create walls on three sides. Turn right and follow Rumsey Hill Road east dropping 300 feet in .6 miles. At .65 miles Willow St continues on through a twin tunnel. At 1.7 miles pass by a small pond with structure on its southern shore. After 3 miles, watch for Stone Quarry Hill Road on the right. Upon entering the woods the trail immediately begins to gain elevation and is well-marked and obvious. Cross the road and to find the trail blazes and a register. The parking on Slader Creek Road is also very limited. The route described here employs that method. After parking, start your hike by walking down to the road. After .6 miles, turn left on Central Chapel Road and then stay to the right on Braley Hill Road after 2.6 miles. Continue north on the trail and cross Cabin Road at 4.4 miles. Enter an evergreen forest which is part of Potato Hill State Forest. Once in the woods, the trail is wide and easy to hike. To commemorate the occasion the Conference set up a series of hikes that would cover the entire length of the trail. It is very narrow in several places as it clings to the bank of the stream and in at least one place all but disappears. After 2 miles the trail turns south but soon swings east descending all the way. Todd Road begins to ascend to the point where the main Finger Lakes Trail crosses the road. At 13.25 miles you will be in the area where the trail leaves the Cortland Two to the left. You can also take the Cadosia exit from State Route 17 and go north on Route 268 to Route 10. Walk over some small bridges over a wet area and cross the road at 2.4 miles. The trail starts to ascend through the woods and then over the next .4 miles descends about 250 feet to Bucks Brook Road. When you cross Shapley Road, you will enter Wiley Brook State Forest. It was the only bridge across any of the streams on the hike but most of the stream are almost dry except using the wettest seasons. The Finger Lakes Trail is a primitive footpath that starts in Allegheny State Park on the New York - Pennsylvania border and extends 576.5 miles to end in the Catskill Park at the beginning of the Table Peekamoose Trail off the Phoenicia East Branch Trail near the Denning trailhead. Walk east on Route 10 away from South River Road and after a few hundred feet turn left on Beers Brook Road. Park just east of the trailhead on the south side of the road. The trail rolls some but continues to gain elevation as it heads north toward Boylan Road. It's only fitting that the resort area features a few haunted hotels where former guests still wander the halls. When you come to the road at 1.8 miles you will be at the lowest spot on the hike at about 1180 feet. Finger Lakes Trail: Bleck Rd to Carson Rd. Pass Hilltop Road on the right. When you come to a gate in the middle of the woods, turn right at the Y and you will eventually see some white blazes. At 1.7 miles you will be at the top of the ridge and there is a short side trail that leads to a lookout on the left. All of these may be slippery when wet! As a trail section Maintainer you assume responsibility for a section of the Finger Lakes Trail, generally 1 or 2 miles in length. The road rises just a little and then starts to descend to the communications towers near the top. At just under 7 miles you will be at the base of the descent and at another T. Turn right to walk out to the Balsam lake Mountain parking area. There is a nice pond here and a wooden walkway that crosses over some very wet ground. It leads to Factory Street in Burdett and has very little traffic. The route described here is a loop using roads for the return trip! This is the lowest point on the Finger Lakes Trail at about 425 feet! Over the next .9 miles the trail drops some elevation to cross Searles Hill Road and then gains it back to again cross Case Road all the while heading generally south. The trail crosses the stream at 1.7 miles at Julie's Crossing. Turn left on Robinson Hollow Road and walk about .4 miles. Go to the end of Alder Creek Road and turn right into the access road to Alder Lake. Turn right and retrace your route to the car. At 3.25 miles into the hike, the trail turn sharply right on Old Chamberlain Road. Watch for signs for Steam Mill State Forest and a parking area on the right. The roads have a wide shoulder in most places. All hikers should also know how to use these two invaluable aids. The trail turns north briefly and then at 9.6 miles it turns east continuing toward Hughes Road. The trail crosses an open area where there is no indication of where to go. The blazes are initially placed at and appropriate distance but the further you go the fewer they become. Near the end of the trail there is a sign that described a sawmill that existed on the creek in 1875. The trail is free and open to the public, thanks to members of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, a non-profit organization created in 1962 with a mission to build, protect, enhance, and promote a continuous foot path across New York State. Finish the descent along the edge of a field and follow a woods road out to Sugar Hill Road at 3.1 miles. There is a nice view over the surrounding valleys from the high point in the fields. This hike is best done with a car spot since it is 8.6 miles one way for a total of 17.2 miles. A sign just before the switchback warns that there are steep areas ahead that can be slippery when wet! These are very unsafe and afford few views worth the risk. Eventually the road comes to a dead end. After the switchback, walk about .8 miles to the next switchback and then another .5 miles to West Trout Brook Road. They are very tall and very regularly spaced. This hike starts at the parking area on Route 66 near the railroad tracks west of Route 6 in Hornellsville. Watch for the turn to the right off the "road" and enter the woods to continue the hike. After 3.4 miles, turn right on Turnpike Road heading west. At 3.3 miles cross Johnson Street. This hike starts on Rt 13 just south of Mitchellsville, NY. The first is the abandoned Mt. At 4.6 miles Middle Road turns east and starts to parallel Hector Falls Creek. Turn left and head northeast on Stone Road for about .4 miles where the name changes to Atkins Road and Underwood Hill Road goes off to the left. The trail leads to a field and then back onto some woods roads until it again met Case Road at 4.3 miles. Cross the roads and follow the white blazes for the Finger Lakes Trail and the blue blazes for the park trail. Turn left on the road and continue to walk downhill to the intersection with Bishopville Road and Wilson Karr Road. From this spot there are excellent views of the Keuka Lake. Begin to ascend to a hilltop and then continue downhill to the next turn. Drive passed the road and park in the snowplow turnaround on the other side of a stream. The western end of the bridge is almost suspended in the air as the stream has eroded the dirt supporting it. Park on the side of Freeman Road near the intersection. Park on the right side where there is room for two cars or on the wide shoulder on the left. There is a fire ring and a good water source. The trail turns into the woods and begins a slight ascent up a hill. The road climbs very gently passing a field on the left. Blackman Hill Road and Heisey Road are both in poor condition which makes parking at the true beginning of map 18 very difficult. The walk is mostly up hill for .8 miles to the intersection with Tower Road. Turn around to head back to Hoxie Gorge Freetown Road. Hiking this trail can be a real pain or a great pleasure depending on the trail maintenance. Do not be concerned when the trail wanders some as it will get you where you need to go. Walk about a mile back to the intersection with Route 18. Turn right and walk up the right edge of the field to begin your ascent to the ridge on Trail 12. Turn left on the road and walk along the trail which parallels Route 27 until it meets Route 47. The trail flattens out a little but only for a short distance when a long descent begins and lass for .35 miles and losing 240 feet. This hike can easily be done as an out and back as the round trip is only 5.7 miles From Livingston Manor take Debruce Road which changes names from Debruce to Willowemoc to Pole along the 15 mile trip to Round Pond. At the blue Pelnor Hollow Trail, turn right and begin a steep descent to the Splitrock viewpoint. You perform routine inspection and maintenance: clear vegetation and fallen … Park in the small parking area. Turn right in Van Etten onto Route 224 when Route 34 heads south. At about 10 miles the Mohawk Trail heads north toward the Sugar Hill Fire Tower and at 10.1 miles you will be back at the main Finger Lakes Trail. Turn left or north on the snowmobile trail which parallels Maple Lane and heads north toward Sugar Hill Road. The route described here is out and back with roads use to shorten the "back" or return trip. The return trip is on local roads which makes the walking easier. Many backpackers and day hikers come to the Catskills to hike the Park’s two best known wholly contained trails, the Escarpment Trail and the Devil’s Path. You will now walk on the road back to where you parked at the Denning trailhead! At 7.5 miles turn right on Cayutaville Road and follow that only .1 miles uphill before bearing left on another version of Connecticut Hill Road. The Finer Lakes Trail Conference celebrated its 50th Anniversary on June 2, 2012. Turn left and walked west for .4 miles on Route 23. At Case Road turn left and walk downhill for about .2 miles to where the trail meets the road coming from the other direction. There are also numerous other trails that appear to enter the glen following the stream. The trail is not as well marked as the eastern portion and blazes are few and far between with turns not clearly marked. Turn left and drive .2 miles on Templar Road where the Finger Lakes Trail crosses. Cross a small road and continue on the trail. The trail goes off the road to the left following a shady path next to a creek. This hike can be done with a car spot but the round trip hike is only 5.3 miles! Take exit 34 off I86 west (State Route 17) to Hornell. The woods aren't too think and it is only about .25 miles to get to the pond. Walk to the first trail junction where an orange spur trail heads right to Chippewa Falls. Finger Lakes Trail: Ridge Road to Otselic SF. ), (The map above shows the parking area and the clockwise loop hiking route. The valley has an elevation of 800 feet and over 1.35 miles you will climb to 1370 feet where the road levels off. If you can't backup for some distance or feel the road is too rough an alternative is to park on Chestnut Road where the Finger Lakes Trail crosses and hike from there. This hike works best with a car spot since the round trip is over 12 miles! At the Denning trailhead, continue passed your car and walk out the woods road at the end of the parking area. Parking one car at the end of Fletcher Road and beginning the hike at the Apex Bridge is one option. The trail descends slightly to cross two small streams and then a larger one at .2 miles where there is a bivouac area. Follow the trail to the T and turn right to walk back out to the road. At 4.2 miles the trail again turns west and begins a steep descent toward Faulkner Road. The layers of rock are interesting. Depending on where you are coming from there are a number of ways to get to Fletcher Road where you will park one car. Turn right and walk .2 miles to the corner of Cooper Schoolhouse Road and the Case-Guilford Road which is also marked as Town Line Road. This hike can be done with a car spot since it is 12.3 miles round trip. The trail descends until about .7 miles when it starts to climb. The Finger Lakes Trail crosses here and leaves the back right corner of the parking area. Walk up the opposite bank which is steep but within .3 miles you will come to Newton Road. At 1.7 miles you will again be at Route 10. For the next mile the trail follows the brook north climbing a little until, at 2.5 miles, it turns east and shortly thereafter crosses the Cortland Nine Road. There are several small cascades which were really nice. Cross Route 17 to Moss Hill Road and begin to hike south on the paved surface. The All Trails list includes over 400 different trails and may load slowly on your computer. Continued on the road as it turned right at the top of a small hill. Head back out to Route 415 and turn right and pass under 17/86. Drive north about 9 miles on Route 8. Turn right and follow Puckerville Road back to Brook Banks Road, a distance of only 2.5 miles. Walk down to County Route 3 to the end of the trail section. The water here is plentiful and clear. Turn right on the road and walked southeast briefly before reentering the woods and heading north toward Griffin Road. From there descend 240 feet through some switchbacks to Babcock Hollow Road. Walk through the parking area to the old road beyond. At 2.6 miles watch for Hidden Valley 4H Camp to the right of the trail. Within minutes you will pass by some buildings near Stone Quarry Hill Road with the road just beyond. Continue down to the road crossing it to a farm lane on the other side. 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