At 8.8 miles the trail comes out of the woods to a junction where paths lead in three directions. Turn left and walk a few hundred feet to South Oxford Bridge Road where you should turn right. A GPS unit is helpful. Finger Lakes Region. The trail heads generally northeast with a few twists and turns and even some slight descents on the way. Finger Lakes Trail: Old 76 Road to Route 79. After crossing the road, the trail climbs steeply up the bank but it doesn't last very long and soon levels out and rolls some. At 1.5 miles begin to descend off the ridge to the road. #CorningFLX. Just passed this area is a leanto. Back on the main trail walk back out to Buckley Corners. This hike can easily be done as an out and back as the round trip is only 5.7 miles, Finger Lakes Trail: Black Bear to Eastern Terminus. Hug the left edge of the field but do not be surprised if you find only one or two blazes. Take the Beaverkill Road from Livingston Manor and drive for about twenty minutes to the Alder Creek Road. There is a place to pull a car off the road here. At 8.5 miles Snyder Hill Road veers to the left but continue straight ahead on Carson Road. At 5.4 miles it begins to descend and a t 5.8 miles the June Big Trail heads to the north to the Glen Curtiss Museum. This hike is best done as a car spot as it is 7 miles one way! Walk down toward the shore watching for white blazes on the trees. Walk along the trail next to a stream bed and then start the first switchback at about 2.6 miles. Head west on Turnpike Road for 5.3 miles and turn right on Lain Road. When you reach West River Road turn left and hike northwest on West River Road for about .3 miles gaining elevation as you go. At 5 miles the trail comes to Switzer Hill Road at an elevation of 1390 feet. Any ideas for things. If you have a car parked here, use it to return to Ridge Road. This hike can be done with a car spot since it is 4.9 miles one way for a total of 9.8 miles and because the scenery is not that interesting. There are also MANY other places to hike also. Drive up a short hill and park in the first lot on the right. To save some distance, you can hike back all the way on Fred Stewart Road. If you look carefully, you may see one or two old, faded white blazes. The route described here is the loop! Within .5 miles, cross Searles Hill Road where Case Road turns to gravel and dirt. Turn left on 392 and then make the next right onto West River Road. Keep a close eye on the blazes at all times and be prepared to search for the next marker. There is a Field View Trail on the right which you may ant to investigate. You will pass a Cornell University Environmental sign as you near your destination. Park in the lot then cross the road and turn right. Since turning off the road and into the gorge area you have lost 650 feet and are over 1100 feet lower than where the car is parked. At 6.2 miles follow the road as it makes a left turn and follow it again at 6.5 miles when it makes a right turn heading south. In a short distance the road comes to a nice pond. You should be turning left to follow the trail just inside the tree line. When you are ready to return, turn around a retrace your steps back to the car. Four hundred miles of this trail is also part of the Scenic North Country Trail. At 2.8 miles you will be at the base of the tower. As you approach Masonville, turn right on Church Street and walk to the footbridge over Masonville Creek. At .7 miles turn right off the road at the "Welcome to Bainbridge" sign. Turn left onto Chestnut Road and drive for 1.4 miles to Corbin Road. Here Route 88 parallels the Mitchellsville Creek Gorge and across you can look to the trail you hiked when you first started the hike. Plan your Finger Lakes wedding, find the perfect location for your conference, or book a wine tour to explore Finger Lakes wine country! Walk over some small bridges over a wet area and cross the road at 2.4 miles. Continue to walk along the trail gaining elevation slightly heading north. We came to the trail through the woods and started to walk along the Mitchellsville Creek Gorge. This hike can be done with a car spot but it is only 8 miles round trip. From here turn around and head west on Boylan Road and turn left where it intersects the next dirt road. You will pass through some fences that have openings with boards over the top to restrict the height of what can easily pass through. Turn right on the trail which follows a path cut through a brushy field until it again enters the woods. This hike should be done with a car spot since it is 16.5 miles round trip and only 7.2 miles "out". After this, the trail follows a contour line without gaining or losing much elevation until it turns north at 2.4 miles. The weeds and marshy ground don't last long and soon the trail climbs a small hill as it enters Cuyler Hill State Forest. The trail turns off the bed at 1.5 miles and heads first northeast and then due north. The stream has been rerouted since the near end of the bridge is in the water. The trail now heads east for the next .9 miles gains and then loses elevation in the process. The best plan may be to give up and simply walk in the streambed. The trail is not as well marked as the eastern portion and blazes are few and far between with turns not clearly marked. After a short distance, there are white blazes marking the trail. As you near the end of the road there is a slight uphill. Follow the road to a small bivouac area on the shore of a pond. At the bottom of the road, turn left on Route 30 and walk 1.4 miles to the stoplight in Downsville. The descent continues with a few short climbs along the way. Be careful crossing this busy road! This hike can be done with a car spot since it is 13.5 miles round trip. At 1.0 miles the trail meets Elmer Jackson Road. Walk to the spillway, turn right and descend through a small field or clearing to pick up the blazes of the Finger Lakes Trail. Drive through Odessa and just outside of Montour Falls turn north on Schuyler County Route 8. After about 7.5 miles, turn left on Rabbit Road which connects to Route 16. The woods were mostly hardwoods and some areas may be wet. At 8.9 miles you will hit the high point on the trail and then descend to French Road where you turn left to begin the road walk back to the car. The trail is very well marked and seems well used. 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. After that, it goes through the first of several switchbacks to give hikers a rest before gaining another 230 feet over the next .4 miles. Continue down the hill to Bishopville Road which is not marked with a sign and does not have any FLT blazes! As the woods road opens up weeds and briars may have completely overgrown the trail. Turn around and park on the west shoulder of the road. The distance on Route 10 is 2 miles and it is flat and boring! At 3.7 miles the trail comes to Bush Road. At 11.7 miles pass Luddington road on the left and continue downhill to 12.2 miles. The trail crosses the stream at 1.7 miles at Julie's Crossing. At 7.7 miles turn right on Route 16. When you finally hit the top and start down it is only a short distance back to your car. Cross the roads and follow the white blazes for the Finger Lakes Trail and the blue blazes for the park trail. The road starts to descend and at 6.6 miles turns sharply left. The forest is an interesting mix of red pines and deciduous trees and the walk is pleasant if not particularly scenic. The drop in elevation is gentle but at the intersection with Route 228 at 6.1 miles the elevation loss is almost 500 feet. The trail starts heading east and ascends slightly before dropping to Steam Mill Road at 2.9 miles. Cross over a brook and head up a little gaining some elevation. Continue on the trail watching carefully for blazes. The wetlands drain both to the north and south. Continue to walk another .75 miles mostly downhill to the McGraw Marathon Road. At this point the rest of the hike is a road walk to North Tower Road. An orange trail on the left goes to the Rose Hollow Bivouac Area shortly after crossing the road. This area can also be wet and marshy. At 5.9 miles we begin to walk along the bank of West Owego Creek high above the water. You will immediately notice that you are passing through a rock cut and that there are no visible drill marks on the rock. Continue to hike back on the main trail. Turn left and walk about 500 feet up the road where you should turn right and cross the stream on a bridge. The trail descends steeply at times following an old barbed wire fence until it reaches Bishopville Road at 2.1 miles. The route described here is a loop that uses local back roads for the return trip. There is a nice pond here and a wooden walkway that crosses over some very wet ground. Fortunately the reverse direction looks a little different. Of America’s many long distance trails, two pass through the Catskills: the Long Path and the Finger Lakes Trail. The return trip is on local roads which makes the walking easier. At the end make a hard left onto Boylan Road. Follow the road and as you approach Route 88 watch for the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on the left. From the river you will climb about 550 feet to the top of Truman Hill crossing a road just before the summit. The Finger Lakes Trail maps suggest a highwater bypass using local roads. After only .2 miles the Finger Lakes Trail joins the road from the west. Turn left to head east along a country lane which has only a few blazes. Somewhere around 5.3 miles the trail joins a nice woods road and turns right to parallel a more substantial stream. This requires a car spot or shuttle or a taxi. Turn left on Route 16 and drive 1.5 miles west to Birdseye Hollow Road on the right. The next section of trail is not well marked in critical places. Turned right and walked one block to North Decatur Street.Make a left and walk six blocks north to Route 414 and turn right. Drive about .8 miles and park near where the blue-blazed side trail enters the woods. Drive to the parking area for Big Pond on the right side of the road. You will reach a high point of land and then descend a little before climbing again to a ridge. Another approach is to simply reverse the hike at the turn around point which would reduce the length to 14.4 miles. The trail follows various woods roads of which there are many so watch the blazes carefully. After a slight ascent cross Burnt Hill Road the first time at 5.5 miles. Drive .75 miles north to the parking area on the right. At about 6.9 miles the trail passes what looks like a stone quarry. When you arrive on the shore of the pond you may want to take pictures of this beautiful and secluded place. Walk in the woods for a while and you will come to another field with no indication of where to go. Turn around and drive back out to Route 13 and head south until you come to a T. Turn left and then right on Bailey Hill Road. Down by the stream there are some blazes. This can be hard to spot depending on the condition of the blazes and the amount of trail maintenance that has been done. Be careful as the traffic here is heavy and fast moving. Turn left and walk along the track and then a trail to a bridge at 2.2 miles. From Potter Hill Road to Randall Hill Road the trail rolls up and down while heading north and a little west to skirt the summit of a hill. Most of the roads are lightly traveled gravel roads except for a short (.6 mile) strip of Route 23. The road leads to a private picnic area and pond with the Rogers Hill lean-to at 4.4 miles. Just after the bridge turn left at 5.9 miles to follow the Finger Lakes Trail down through the gorge. The trail follows an access road which cuts under some of the power lines and then parallels another. At around 1.5 miles the trail breaks out into an open meadow and the blazes...completely disappear! Some sections of the Finger Lakes Trail seem to be unused and the blazes are faded and very far apart. This part of the trail is one of the few places where it does not follow a woods road of some kind. At 8.8 miles turn left on Route 6 and start south toward the car. Turn left and continue around the reservoir to the junction with Route 206/Route 7. Turn left on Route 32 and travel a short distance to Bishopville Road. Park in the parking lot and walk to the lake. Turn right at the light and walk down Main Street to Bridge Steep where you parked your car. This is the turn around point. Within only a few minutes and about .3 miles you should be back on the road. The hike described here is a loop using some roads on the return trip. This hike can be done with a car spot since it is 14.3 miles round trip and has some significant elevation gain. Along the way there are some steeper areas and some rock scrambles. Cross a tributary of Cayuta Creek on a road bridge. The old trail is marked in blue here and heads to the bivouac. Take exit 84, the Deposit exit, on State Route 17. Turned left and walk 2. miles back to where you entered the woods. The 1.3 mile trip out to the railroad trestle is all uphill but the trip back is, of course, downhill. The Catskills strike a balance between the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes and the steeper, high peaks of the Adirondacks. This hike is best done as a car spot as it is 6.6 miles one way! Somewhere between 2 and 3 miles the blazing seems to change for the worse. The trail at first heads ESE but at 4.5 miles turns northeast and the descent becomes steeper. Go to Bainbridge and park in the municipal parking lot near the old train station. Walk northwest on Route 206 using the village sidewalks and then the shoulder of the road. Winding Stair Road turns right after a descent and just at the base of a long hill. The Fall Brook lean-to is about 1.7 miles into the hike. At 3.5 miles the trail leaves the road to the left and follows the rim of the gorge until you reach Punch Bowl Lake at 3.9 miles. The next .6 miles of trail can be wet in spots but you should be able to get around or through them without too much trouble. If you have spotted a car here your hike is over. Turn around to return the way you came up the hill on the trail. This return route is MUCH easier than the hike out as it is only 4.5 miles instead of 7.7 miles and is primarily downhill or flat. To take the bypass turn right on Puckerville Road hike about .6 miles to where the trail cut into the woods to join the main Finger Lakes Trail. The turn is marked butt is easy to stay on the road and miss it. Over the next 1.3 miles the road ascends, drops and ascends again. As you walk along the ridge for the next 3.25 miles to the south and then southeast, you may begin to wonder if you are going the right way. Within less than a quarter mile the trail splits with the blue Kuzia Cutoff going left. At 3.7 miles the trail heads south instead of west and remains on then ridge where the elevation is still over 2100 feet. The prickers along this trail can be quite thick in season. The signs at the junction may be absent but turn right on the blue Campbell Mountain Trail which is also a snowmobile trail. Watch for the white blazes as you pass through some pines since the trail is not well defined. Turned around at 5.8 miles and walk back down Heisey Road to Route 96B. Finger Lakes Trail: Boylan Road to Stevenson Forest Preserve. Turn right on Route 6 and drive about a mile to Gulf Road. At Cunningham Creek Road you will have dropped 400 feet in .6 miles. Watch for the blazes as the trail almost immediately turns off the woods road to the left. The lane heads south until 3.7 miles when it turns east. Take the exit for Whitney Point off of I-81. The ascents may seem a little harder on the way back. A better way to hike this is to use a car shuttle and park one car on Route 10 and the other in Downsville or some other location. The route described here employs that method. Watch for the Finger Lakes Trail sign on the left side of the road. The trail is not used very much and the markers can be hard to see. Leave a car here and load your gear into the other vehicle. Watch carefully since the trail veers right off the logging road at about 1.9 miles. At 8.0 miles the trail enters the woods which eliminates the weed problem and turns east. The route described here is strict out and back without any variations. The trail gains almost 500 feet over the next 1.2 miles. The North Country Trail when completed will stretch from Crown Point, NY to North Dakota passing through seven states over 4600 miles! The trail is now was obvious but there are only a few blazes. The trail passes through some woods between fields before finally breaking out into some fields. Turn right and drive north for 2.3 miles passing Birdseye Hollow County Park. At 3.9 miles there is a serious ascent toward the top of an unnamed hill gaining 470 feet over .7 miles. Bear left onto Haverling Street which become Route 13 north to Mitchellsville. Walk the remaining .6 miles to Clute Park on the southern shore of Seneca Lake. Start walking east on Route 79 toward Robinson Hollow Road for .4 miles. After you clear the knotweed, you will come to a grassy area and will see a gate at the top of a small hill. At 3.8 miles cross a generally reliable stream. Watch for Hoxie Gorge Road on the right and turn onto this road. Take State Route 17/I86 to exit 64 at Owego and head north from there on Route 96 through Candor and Spencer. Click HERE for a map of these sections. Cross the road and walk a little south before entering the woods to start east on the trail. At times you will be walking through a pine forest with many smaller trees springing up on the forest floor. The route described here is a loop using roads for the return trip! Just before the railroad tracks, the trail opens up some and there may be weeds, brush and briars obscuring the trail. You will reach the junction with the previous trail at 4.9 miles. Another option is to have someone pick you up at the other end. This hike is best done with a car spot since it is 13.9 miles round trip and has some steeps spots especially in Lick Brook Gorge. Follow the trail along what looks like an old road and then cross a small stream that once cut a deep bed. Park just east of the trailhead on the south side of the road. Stay on this road as it changes names. Turn around and follow the trail back over the hill to White Church Road. The route described here is out and back with a little variation thrown in! Turn right here and go back into the woods and through the pine grove. Walk downhill for a pleasant 1.25 miles. Watch for Fred Stewart Road on the left. Continue straight ahead on the main trail. Turn right on Route 206 toward Roscoe. 10A west from Norwich for about 6.5 miles one way very far but it is from south Road. 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