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Nov. 30, 20

M8
Hunting notice: The trail is closed on private property on Map M8 between Access 6: CR-15B/Gates Rd
and Access 7: Slader Creek Rd CR-13C, for hunting from October 1st to December 22nd. The bypass route is: Continue on Garwoods-Birdall Road (CR 15B) to NY Route 70. right on NY 70 (east) to Friener Road, right on Friener Road (south) to Slader Creek Road (CR 13C), left (east) on Slader Creek Road and rejoin the trail on the right (south). The Bossard's Cabin accessible from this section is also closed.   - Peter Wybron

Nov. 21, 20

M4
Map Revision: Important updates to CT4 and M4 were published this week. A  short reroute has allowed the FLT/NCT/CT to be RE-OPENED between Fancy Tract Rd and South Canada Hill Rd. Please note, however, that this section is closed during both spring and fall hunting seasons (May 1-31 and Oct 1 - Dec 22).

Coming from the north, the Conservation Trail has been permanently rerouted and now joins the main east-west FLT on South Canada Hill Rd.

A number of other changes were made to both maps including updating hunting closures and parking area descriptions.

Both the PDF and the GPX versions of M4 were updated. The new revision date is 11/18/2020. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 21, 20

CT4
Map Revision: Important updates to CT4 and M4 were published this week. A  short reroute has allowed the FLT/NCT/CT to be RE-OPENED between Fancy Tract Rd and South Canada Hill Rd. Please note, however, that this section is closed during both spring and fall hunting seasons (May 1-31 and Oct 1 - Dec 22).

Coming from the north, the Conservation Trail has been permanently rerouted and now joins the main east-west FLT on South Canada Hill Rd.

A number of other changes were made to both maps including updating hunting closures and parking area descriptions.

Both the PDF and the GPX versions of CT4 were updated. The new revision date is 11/18/2020. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 20, 20

M4
Hunting notice:
The FLT/NCT/CT is closed for hunting May 1- 31 and Oct. 1 - Dec. 22 from Fancy Tract Rd. to South Canada Hill Rd.
 
REROUTING INFORMATION:
 
From the north, reroute for the CT: follow Kruse Rd. south to Kruse Hill Rd, turn left (east) on to Kruse Hill Rd.  At S Canada Hill Rd turn right (south) walk to Fancy Tract Rd, turn right (west), walk to Access 1 Rte 240. to rejoin trail.
 
From the west: Reroute for CT: Continue on Fancy Tract to S Canada Hill Rd. turn left (north)  walk to Kruse Hill Rd , turn left (west) Rejoing the CT at Kruse Rd.
Reroute for FLT/NTC: continue on Fancy Tract Rd. until you join the trail (turn right) at the intersection with S Canada Hill Rd.
 
From the East:  On the FLT/NCT, when you reach the intersection of Fancy Tract Rd and S Canada Hill Rd, turn left (west) and hike to Rt 240 to continue on the FLT/NTC/ CT west. To hike the CT north continue straight (north) on S Canada Rd and left (west) on Kruse Hill Rd.   
- Marty Howden (Lynda Rummel/Jo Taylor)
Nov. 20, 20

CT4
Hunting notice:
The FLT/NCT/CT is closed for hunting May 1- 31 and Oct. 1 - Dec. 22 from Fancy Tract Rd. to South Canada Hill Rd.
 
REROUTING INFORMATION:
 
From the north, reroute for the CT: follow Kruse Rd. south to Kruse Hill Rd, turn left (east) on to Kruse Hill Rd.  At S Canada Hill Rd turn right (south) walk to Fancy Tract Rd, turn right (west), walk to Access 1 Rte 240. to rejoin trail.
 
From the west: Reroute for CT: Continue on Fancy Tract to S Canada Hill Rd. turn left (north)  walk to Kruse Hill Rd , turn left (west) Rejoing the CT at Kruse Rd.
Reroute for FLT/NTC: continue on Fancy Tract Rd. until you join the trail (turn right) at the intersection with S Canada Hill Rd.
 
From the East:  On the FLT/NCT, when you reach the intersection of Fancy Tract Rd and S Canada Hill Rd, turn left (west) and hike to Rt 240 to continue on the FLT/NTC/ CT west. To hike the CT north continue straight (north) on S Canada Rd and left (west) on Kruse Hill Rd.   
- FLTC Mapping
Nov. 15, 20

M17
Map Revision: An update to Map M17 was published yesterday to reflect a reroute on the Buttermilk Falls Spur Trail where the trail was moved a number of years ago, but a the map was not updated. The revision date is now 11/11/2020. Both the PDF and GPX versions were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 12, 20

CH1
Hunting notice: CH1  New! The Crystal Hills Trail is closed on private property between the Erwin Hollow and West Hill State Forests for hunting season from Oct. 1-Dec.24.  Erwin Hollow and West Hill State Forests remain open to the public.  The private property that connects the two state forests is closed.  The landowner will prosecute anyone trespassing on his land during hunting season.  To avoid the trail closing north bound, follow Victory Highway to West Hill Road (turn left).  After approximately 4miles on West Hill Road, there will be a gas line on the right side of the road.  This is the West Hill State Forest trail head.  Proceed down the gasline following the orange blazes.  Directions are reversed for southbound. - Pat Monahan (Lynda Rummel)

Nov. 12, 20

CH1

CH 1: The Crystal Hills Trail is closed on Watson Homestead property between the Meads Creek Road and Woodcock Road (top of the hill).  Please use the following roadwalk around all of Watson Homestead trails for southbound: Meads Creek Road to Dry Run Road to the schoolhouse then Woodcock Rd to the top of the hill.  Continue the roadwalk to West Hill State Forest.  Reverse the directions for northbound travel. - Pat Monahan (Lynda Rummel)

Nov. 11, 20

M25
Hunting notice: Trail CLOSURE, Oct 1 to Dec 13, 2020, French Rd to Buckley Hollow Rd.  Bypass directions:  Heading EAST on FLT -- CONTINUE along French Rd.  In 0.1 mile it will curve to the RIGHT and change name to Winner Rd.  Follow Winner Rd 1.3 miles to 'T'.  Turn RIGHT on Buckley Hollow Rd for 0.1 mile to pick back up on FLT.  Heading WEST on FLT -- turn RIGHT on Buckley Hollow Rd for 0.1 mile, then LEFT on Winner Rd.  In 1.3 miles it will curve to the LEFT and change name to French Rd.  In 0.1 mile the FLT will join French Rd.  The bypass route has NOT been blazed ! - Larry Blumberg

Nov. 6, 20

M9
Attention Hikers: The outhouse at the Bivouac area at mile 1.1 is damaged beyond repair and has been removed. It will be replaced with a new open air fiberglass privy in 2021.

The seasonal spring has also been removed due to unsanitary conditions.  - Peter Wybron

Nov. 6, 20

M9
Map Revision: An update to Map M9 was published today. A section of the main trail just west of Access 7 (Bishopville Rd) has been rerouted to avoid a hunting closure. The trail has been moved onto the former blue spur trail (now white-blazed) which is protected by an easement.

The revision date is now 10/27/20. Both the PDF and GPS files have been updated.

  - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 2, 20

M12
Hunting notice: M 12 Hunting Season Closure, Nov. 01 to Dec. 22, from the junction of the Bristol Hills Branch with the main trunk FLT west to the junction of the main trunk FLT with Ferris Hill Rd. To bypass hunting season closure, if East bound on the main FLT: Upon reaching Ferris Hill Road, turn left (west) on Ferris Road for 0.25 miles to Harrisburg Hollow Road. Turn right (north) and follow Harrisburg Hollow Road for 0.5 miles to intersection of orange blazed Bristol Hills Branch Trail. Turn right (south/east) and follow Bristol Hills Branch Trail 0.5 miles back to Ferris Road, turn left on white blazed FLT. If West bound on the main FLT: Upon reaching start/end of orange blazed Bristol Hills Branch Trail, turn right (north) on BH Branch Trail for 0.5 miles to intersection with Harrisburg Hollow Road. Turn left (south) on Harrisburg Hollow Road to intersection with Ferris Road. Turn left on Ferris Road for 0.25 miles to intersection with white blazed FLT. Turn right on FLT and resume West bound hiking.

  - Bill Meehan (Lynda Rummel)

Nov. 2, 20

B3

B3 ATTENTION HIKERS! ADVISORY NOTICE: The private property between Faber Road and Ct. Rt. 77 (Elmboise), near Faber Lakes, is actively hunted by the land owners from MAY 1 to MAY 31 and OCTOBER 1 to DECEMBER 23. Stay on the trail, wear bright
colors, keep your dog leashed, and please do not make excessive noise. - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Nov. 2, 20

B3

CLOSURE BYPASS INFORMATIONThe main trunk FLT is closed seasonally between Nov. 1 and Dec. 22 from the southern terminus of the Bristol Hills Branch west till the main trail eastbound leaves Ferris Rd.  This does not affect hiking eastbound from the BH branch terminus on the main FLT, but does affect hiking westbound from the BH branch terminus on the main FLT and access to parking on Ferris Hill Rd.  When hiking south on the BH branch, to bypass the closure and continue hiking west on the main FLT or to get to parking on Ferris Rd., turn right (south) at Harrisburg Hollow Rd. to junction with Ferris Hill Rd..  Turn right (west) on Ferris Hill Rd. to access parking; turn left (east) on Ferris Hill Rd. to main FLT (white blazes), turn right to hike westbound on the FLT.    - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Oct. 31, 20

B2
Map Revision: Map B2 was updated today to reflect hunting closure changes and 2 reroutes. New Rev. Date: 10/10/2020.

  - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 24, 20

CT8
Map Revision: An update to CT8 was published today to reflect a reroute. The trail was moved slightly from one landowner’s property onto an adjoining property. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 10/1/2020.

  - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 19, 20

M7
ATTENTION HIKERS: Warning: You may encounter logging operations between Bailey Road and South River Road. The trail will remain open but use caution. The logging operation will continue thru the winter of 2020 to the spring of 2021.  - Peter Wybron

Oct. 19, 20

B1
Map Revision: B1 was updated today to reflect an extension of the hunting season closure between AP1 and AP2. The rev date was updated to 10/2/2020, and both the PDF and GPX files were updated.  - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 15, 20

B2
Hunting notice: New !  Trail closed from October 1 to December 22 between Italy Turnpike Rd. (Access 9) and Pulteney Rd. (east of Access 10).  To bypass the closure area, from the north, turn left (east) on Italy Turnpike; at Italy Hill, cross straight ahead and take Pulteney Rd. south (right) to Access 11 (on right).     - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Oct. 9, 20

CH1
Hunting notice: CH1  The Crystal Hills Trail is closed on private property between Wixon Road and Bailey Road trailheads for hunting season from Oct. 1-Dec.13. Meads Creek State Forest and South Bradford State Forest are open. The private property that connects the two state forests is closed. To avoid the trail closing north bound, follow Wixon Road, then right on Stoney Ridge Road then straight across on McNutt Run Road, then right on Bailey Road. The trailhead crossing to the Moss Hill lean to is approximately .8 miles on the left. Directions are reversed for southbound.

  - Pat Monahan (Lynda Rummel)

Oct. 3, 20

M9
Map Revision: A new map was published to reflect changes made on M10 that also show on M9. Starting at mile 19.3 after crossing busy RR tracks turn left (N) and follow level path of old Pittsburg Shawmut & Northern RR to Webbs Crossing Rd (CR66) and Access 10. This is part of the Shawmut Hiking & Biking Trail built by the City of Hornell. If after crossing the RR tracks you turn right (S), follow the blue-blazed spur trail to the Shawmut Park in Hornell. - Peter Wybron

Oct. 3, 20

M10
Map Revision: The bridge over the Canisteo River on Webbs Crossing Rd. (CR66) has reopened.

The City of Hornell Water Treatment Plant project that is located behind the EconoLodge off of Seneca Road N will continue into 2021. There will be heavy construction equipment in the area and gates across the FLT. DO NOT enter the construction zone even if the gates are open. The trail is closed from Seneca Road to Big Creek Road (CR70A).

The new Map M-10 will be as follows; Access 1, Right (E) onto Webbs Crossing Rd (CR66) at RR crossing. Cross bridge, pass Days Inn on left, soon crossing NY 36 at traffic light, pass Aldis grocery store on left. Turn right (S) at stop sign onto Seneca Rd. N, pass EconoLodge on left (Access 2) to Big Creek Rd. (CR70A). Turn left (E) onto Big Creek Rd. and continue east to Access 3.   

  - Peter Wybron

Oct. 3, 20

M26
Map Revision: M26 was updated to reflect a reroute near Newton Brook. Both teh PDF and GPX files were updated. New revision date: 9/29/2020. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 2, 20

M9
Bridge Closure The bridge on Bush Rd. over the Canisteo River is closed and has been removed. Hikers can bypass the closure on a temporary foot bridge west of the old bridge. The closure will be in effect until about Dec. 15, 2020.  - Peter Wybron

Sep. 30, 20

M18
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

2019-2020 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on FLT Map M18

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Finger Lakes Trail for map M18.

Map M18 and the FLTC-website Interactive Map System also exhibit recommended hunting closure hiking reroutes.  Please use these reroutes during the hunting season and DO NOT hike on the FLT where private-property owners have requested that the trail be closed to use during the noted hunting seasons.

Where: Map M18, Between Mile 13 (.2 miles east of Blackman Hill Road) and Mile 15.1 (NY Route 79)  NOTE:  THE FINGER LAKES LAND TRUST SUMMERLAND FARM PRESERVE AT BLACKMAN HILL ROAD IS NOT CLOSED

  • When: October 1 to December 22, 2020
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 13 to mile 15.1. The hunting closure by-pass is west on Blackman Hill Rd., north on Level Green Rd., and east on Route 79 as shown on the map.
- David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC
Sep. 30, 20

M18
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

FALL 2020 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on FLT Map M18

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Finger Lakes Trail for map M18.

Map M18 and the FLTC-website Interactive Map System also exhibit recommended hunting closure hiking reroutes.  Please use these reroutes during the hunting season and DO NOT hike on the FLT where private-property owners have requested that the trail be closed to use during the noted hunting seasons.

Where: Map M18, Between Mile 9.6 (Old 76 Rd.) and Mile 11.5 (Level Green Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 22, 2020
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 9.6 to mile 11.5. The hunting closure by-pass is north on old 76 Rd., east on Yaple Rd., and south on Level Green Rd. as shown on the map.
- David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC
Sep. 30, 20

M17
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

FALL 2020 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on FLT Map M17

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Finger Lakes Trail for map M17.

Map M17 and the FLTC-website Interactive Map System also exhibit recommended hunting closure hiking reroutes.  Please use these reroutes during the hunting season and DO NOT hike on the FLT where private-property owners have requested that the trail be closed to use during the noted hunting seasons.

Where: Map M17, Between Mile 16.5 (Durfee Hill Rd.) and Map M-18 Mile 1.3 (Coddington Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 22, 2020
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 16.5 to mile 1.3 on M-18. The hunting closure by-pass is north on Durfee Hill Rd., east on Hornbrook Rd., south on Marsh Rd., SE on Deputron Hollow Rd. and south on Coddington Rd. as shown on the map.
- David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC
Sep. 30, 20

M17
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

FALL 2020 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on FLT Map M17

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Finger Lakes Trail for map M17.

Map M17 and the FLTC-website Interactive Map System also exhibit recommended hunting closure hiking reroutes.  Please use these reroutes during the hunting season and DO NOT hike on the FLT where private-property owners have requested that the trail be closed to use during the noted hunting seasons.

Where: Map M17, Between Mile 3.2 (Layan Rd.) and Mile 4.7 (Bruce Hill Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 22, 2020 AND May 1 to May 31, 2021
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 3.2 to mile 4.7. The hunting closure by-pass is east on Layan Rd., south on Jersey Hill Rd., east on Gunderman Rd. and south on Comfort Road as shown on the map.
- David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC
Sep. 30, 20

M17
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

FALL 2020 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on Buttermilk Falls Spur Trail, Map M17

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Buttermilk Falls Spur Trail for map M17.

Map M17 and the FLTC-website Interactive Map System also exhibit recommended hunting closure hiking reroutes.  Please use these reroutes during the hunting season and DO NOT hike on the FLT where private-property owners have requested that the trail be closed to use during the noted hunting seasons.

Where: Map M17, Between the Thayer Preserve and West King Road

  • When: October 1 to December 22 2020
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from the Thayer Preserve to West King Road. The hunting closure by-pass is East Sand Bank Road then south on West King Rd. as shown on the map.
- David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC
Sep. 30, 20

M17
Hunting notice:

Attention Hikers!

FALL 2020 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on FLT Map M17

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Finger Lakes Trail for map M17.

Map M17 and the FLTC-website Interactive Map System also exhibit recommended hunting closure hiking reroutes.  Please use these reroutes during the hunting season and DO NOT hike on the FLT where private-property owners have requested that the trail be closed to use during the noted hunting seasons.

Where: Map M17, Between Mile 4.7 (Bruce Hill Rd.) and Mile 7.3 (Comfort Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 22, 2020
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 4.7 to mile 7.3. The hunting closure by-pass is east on Bruce Hill and Gunderman Roads then south on Comfort Rd. as shown on the map.

- David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC - David Priester, Watkins-East RTC

Sep. 30, 20

M15
Hunting notice:

Attention Hikers!

FALL 2020  HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on FLT Map M15

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Finger Lakes Trail for map M15.

Map M15 and the FLTC-website Interactive Map System also exhibit recommended hunting closure hiking reroutes.  Please use these reroutes during the hunting season and DO NOT hike on the FLT where private-property owners have requested that the trail be closed to use during the noted hunting seasons.

Where: Map M15, Between Mile 5.9 (Twin Tunnels) and Mile 7.7 (Satterly Hill Rd.)

  • When: October 1 – December 22, 2020
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 5.9 to mile 7.7. The hunting closure by-pass is north along Satterly Hill Road, as shown on the map.
- David Priester, Watkins-East RTC
Sep. 30, 20

M15
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

Fall 2020 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on FLT Map M15

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Finger Lakes Trail for map M15.

Map M15 and the FLTC-website Interactive Map System also exhibit recommended hunting closure hiking reroutes.  Please use these reroutes during the hunting season and DO NOT hike on the FLT where private-property owners have requested that the trail be closed to use during the noted hunting seasons.

Where: Map M15, Between Mile 12.9 (South Hill Rd.) and Mile 14.4 (Texas Hollow Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 22, 2020
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 12.9 to mile 14.4. The hunting closure by-pass is East on Rt. 79 then south on Texas Hollow Rd. as shown on the map.
- David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC
Sep. 24, 20

General

Please, please, PLEASE DO NOT stray from the trail, do not camp or build campfires or cooking/cook-out fires along the trail, and keep your dog on-leash, when the trail is on private land.  Our private landowners have granted permission only for a skinny footpath and a narrow corridor across their lands.  Please mind your manners: stay away from buildings, machinery, and animals; close gates behind you if you found them closed, leave gates open behind you if you found them open; and remember that some landowners actively farm and/or hunt their lands.  Please respect the wishes of our private landowners who generously allow the trail to cross their lands.  Failure to do so could lead to loss of permission and hikers having to endure a roadwalk and/or our volunteers having to reroute and build new trail.  

Stream Crossings:  Please be aware that there are many fords along the Finger Lakes Trail System.  Stream beds may be completely underwater, so you have to walk on the bottom of the creek, which may be very slick stone; or you may want to try to step from one rock to another above (or partially above) the water, and the rocks may be wobbly and are likely to be very slippery, too.  Or, drought may have made the earth unable to absorb run-off from sudden heavy downpours.  These natural conditions can change every year, with flooding, summer growth, and use.   We strongly advise you to use hiking poles or sticks when fording creeks.  These are extremely useful when descending into ravines or navigating other natural conditions along the trail and can be used for flicking branches off the trail, as well; so we recommend using poles/sticks any time, everywhere along the FLT System.  Use good judgment; err on the side of safety; do NOT ford when water is high, fast, or dirty with debris -- return to road crossing and use high water bypass routes.

Water Sources:  Please be advised that Fall, 2020, has been very dry and many usually reliable water sources have dried up.  Plan accordingly.  

Hunting Season Cautions:  During archery and gun big game seasons, please think carefully about where and when you choose to hike.  Even sections that are not closed to public hunting and hiking may be hunted actively by landowners and their guests, or the trail may pass close to a boundary with other lands that are actively hunted, or the shape of the parcel may mean the trail passes near a neighbor's favorite hunting grounds.  So please stay on the trail where deer are used to hikers, try to hike where your presence will not disturb hunters, and if you do venture out, always, always, always wear a lot of blaze orange.

What Does 'Hunting Closure' Mean?  It means no use of the trail -- no hunting or hiking -- by the public on that section of trail during that closure period, period.  Always check conditions for the map you intend to hike (on this website) before you go out hiking.  Closures may be noted at trail heads and property boundaries; however, weather and vandals sometimes remove these signs.  Signs are replaced every three years or so; however, if you encounter a faded or torn sign, it still must be obeyed.  If you encounter a new sign for which there isn't a matching  trail conditions notice, obey the sign & then immediately send in a report to [email protected]  Failure to obey a "hunting closure" by hiking the trail during the closure period can lead to us losing permission for the trail to be on the land. 

  - Lynda Rummel

Sep. 24, 20

M10
Hunting notice: The trail from Burleson Rd (AP8) to Hughes Rd (AP9) is closed to hikers for hunting from Oct. 15th to Dec. 15th.

The bypass route (west-east) is Burleson Rd (N), Turnpike Rd (E) to Hughes Rd. - Peter Wybron

Sep. 24, 20

B1

B1 Hi Tor WMA Timber Harvest starting Oct. 1. adjacent to trail.   Trail (on gravel road) and hiking should not be affected; however, hikers should exercise caution when in the area of the harvest.  DEC plans to post notices.  

   - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Sep. 22, 20

M16

Attention Hikers:

In cooperation with the DEC the Trail Management Team is closing a section of the FingerLakes Trail on Connecticut Hill until December 6 due to a timber harvest taking place.  This is considered to be in the best interest of the safety of hikers in the area.

The FLT route between Cabin Road and Boylan Road is currently posted as closed by the DEC in cooperation with the FLTC.  The alternate route if heading eastbound on the FLT is to turn left (West) on Cabin Road a short distance, then right (North) on Connecticut Hill Road which was previously referred to as Ridge Road, for about 1.1 miles, the right (East) on Boylan Road for .4 miles to the FLT sign on the left and then regain the trail.  If hiking West on the FLT turn right on Boylan road for .4 miles, left on Connecticut Hill (Ridge) road for about 1.1 miles, then left on Cabin Road for a short distance to the FLT sign on the - David Priester, Watkins-East RTC

Sep. 22, 20

CT8

Overnight parking is not allowed At Darien Lake State Park - Jeanne Moog

Sep. 18, 20

M9
ATTENTION HIKERS: At Access Point 1 on Slader Creek Road heading west to east, the landowner has requested that the gates to his pastures be left as you find them, either open or closed. Sometimes the cows are kept in the upper pasture, at other times they need to go through the gate to the lower pasture. If the gates are closed, do not open, use the stile. - Peter Wybron

Sep. 6, 20

M3/CT3

Bees: CT north of Rte 242, watch out for ground bees, sightings in two different spots along the trail - Jeanne Moog

Aug. 30, 20

M3/CT3

The trail between Poverty Hill Rd and Route 219 is closed until further notice. Trail between Ellicottville Maples and Poverty Hill Road is also closed, FLTC has lost permission to cross landowners land.  

Re-route:

North on Ellicottville Maples Road (Rte 13). Right at East Kent Road.  Follow north to Hinman Hollow Road, turn right (east).  Follow Hinman Hollow Road to Lindberg, turn right on to Rte 219, follow to Cotter Road,  Left onto Cotter Road.  Follow Cotter to Irish Hill Road (white blazes). - Jeanne Moog

Aug. 27, 20

O1
Map Revision: A reroute on O1 in Morgan Hill State Fiorest was published today with a new Rev Date of 8/28/2020. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 20, 20

B3
Map Revision: Map B3 has been updated to reflect a change in ownership of the campground at mile 3.0.  It is now Finger Lakes Campground (formerly Bud Valley Campground).  The new phone number is (607) 326-0077;  thefingerlakescampground.com.  Parking is free for day hikers or $5.00 for overnight. The owners would like hikers to check in at the office. The rev. date remains 8/31/2019.

  - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 14, 20

B3

B3 Trail just east of Glen Brook Rd., Urbana State Forest, has been rerouted temporarily while about 1/4th mile of tread is rebuilt and partially replaced.  The reroute leaves from the opposite side of the small parking area and is abundantly signed and flagged with orange/black flagging tape.  The reroute meanders through a  pine plantation where the trees were planted too close together (hence they grew tall and skinny) before rejoining the existing trail just east of the affected section.  Yellow caution tape has been put up across the existing interior and Glen Brook Rd. entrances.  If in doubt, follow the tread flagged with orange/black tape.  Expect to see volunteers working on this stretch of trail throughout the fall. - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Aug. 10, 20

CT4

No Parking: Goosneck Trailhead: Both sides of road, dangerous road curve.  Park on the shoulder of the road at junction of Gooseneck and Beech Tree roads.  Walk to the trailhead.   Make sure your tires are well off the road. - Jeanne Moog

Aug. 6, 20

M21
Map Revision: M21 was updated to show a reroute on O1. The M21 trail did not change. The Rev. Date is now 8/2/2020. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 4, 20

M18
Map Revision: A viewpoint symbol (270 degree long view) was added north of Blackman Hill Rd, and the start of the hunting closure between Blackman Hill Rd and NY 79 was moved to that point. On the back of the map, there are some minor improvements to the mileages and wording. The Rev. Date remains 6/13/20.

  - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 4, 20

O1
Map Revision: O1: This map was updated to reflect the following reroute:

Map 01: The previously closed private land section of trail descending from Maxon Creek SF (Campbell Hill) to route 13 has been rerouted and is now open. The new route will exit the Forest unto Pardee Road and proceed down that road to Crains Mills Road, then turn right down to route 13 where you will turn left. Proceed on route 13 past a fishing access parking area to the intersection at West Keeney Road to connect with the existing trail to proceed north.  /Tony Rodriguez

O1 is now one mile shorter. The Rev. Date has been updated to 8/2/20.

  - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 3, 20

M31

No current notices for this map.

Aug. 3, 20

M32

No current notices for this map.

Aug. 3, 20

PMHL

No current notices for this map.

Aug. 3, 20

MFHL

No current notices for this map.

Aug. 3, 20

Passport East

No current trail conditions notices for this map.

Jul. 29, 20

M4

Passport Hike on blue spur trail -- From the parking spot at the west end of Canada Hill Rd. north on the blue blazed spur trail past the Mahler Memorial Bench, the trail is generally overgrown.  Watch for the FLTC sign at the beginning of this passport hike.   - Deb Nero (Lynda Rummel)

Jul. 29, 20

CT5

Closure approximately August 1 From Route 39, going south.

Reroute:

  • Head South on Bolton Rd along the original trail/Conservation Trail for 1.8 miles, then turn East (left) onto Block Rd (county Rd 20) to begin the detour/re-route.
  • Follow Block Rd for 1.1 miles, then turn South (right) onto Hilliker Rd
  • Follow Hilliker Rd for 1.3 miles, then West (right) to Keller Rd
  • Follow Keller Rd for 0.8 miles, road name changes to Biglow and makes two sharp turns, left and right
  • Continue along Bigelow Rd for 1 mile, then turn South (left) onto Beech Tree Rd  to end of detour and meet back with original trail/Conservation Trail
- Jeanne Moog
Jul. 18, 20

M25
Map Revision: This map has been updated to reflect a reroute around a closed gravel pit near NY Rt. 12. Also included in the gravel pit reroute is the creation of a new parking area for us  at the former entrance to the gravel pit, on the west side of NY Rte 12 directly across from South Oxford Bridge Rd.  The landowner's only caveat with the parking area is that hikers DO NOT BLOCK THE GATE, as that serves as access for farm equipment. 

New revision date: 7/12/2020 - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 18, 20

M26
Map Revision: The map was updated to reflect a reroute at the west end of map due to disruption created by logging. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. New revision date: 7/12/2020. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 18, 20

B2
Map revision, Hunting closure dates changed: Map B2 was updated to reflect a change in the hunting closure dates between Ford and Tuttle Roads. The spring closure was eliminated and the dates of the fall closure extended (now closed Oct. 14 - Dec. 23). New Rev. Date: 7/12/2020 - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 10, 20

M19

M19 and the associated EL loop map were updated to display a new bivouac site on the English Loop - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 10, 20

O2

O2 was updated to reflect that DEC moved the northern gate on Holmes Rd. The Rev Date was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 9, 20

O2

Temporary Closure:  The Onondaga Trail section across Dam Road on the north side of Deruyter Lake is closed until further notice due a major water diversion project. To continue east or west on the trail proceed south on East or West River Rd to the connecting South River Rd. - Tony Rodriguez (Lynda Rummel)

Jun. 16, 20

CT6

Access 5. No parking near the Vermont Street Trail Head as per landowners request. Hikers may park on Vermont Street at the corner of Vermont Hill Road, there are wide shoulders. Hikers may also park at the county right of way pull off at mailbox 12340 Vermont Street - Jeanne Moog

Jun. 14, 20

M17
Map Revision: M17 was published today with a new rev date to reflect a reroute on the Abbott Loop. Heading west from the south crossing of Michigan Hill Rd, the first 1/2 mile is a new trail and bridge. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 14, 20

M18
Map Revision: M18 was updated today with a new rev date to reflect a reroute between Blackman Hill Rd. and Route 79. This reroute features expansive views from the new Summerland Farm Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 12, 20

M25

Heading east on FLT Map M25, as you approach NY Rte 12 at milepost 4.8 you will encounter a recently closed gravel pit, now partially filled-in with topsoil.  Watch carefully for trail blazes in the form of large white pipes which take you along the northern edge of the former pit and down to the crossing of NY Rte 12 directly across from South Oxford Bridge Rd (the FLT continues heading east on South Oxford Bridge Rd.)  Additional parking is now available at the entrance to the old gravel pit site, on the west side of NY Rte 12, opposite South Oxford Bridge Rd.  However, please DO NOT BLOCK the front of the gate, it's used for access to the fields by farm equipment.
- Larry Blumberg

Jun. 3, 20

M27
Map Revision: Map M27 has been updated to reflect a major reroute of the spur trail to Oquaga Creek State Park. The length of the spur is unchanged at 2.2 miles but it now joins the main trail 0.4 miles south (trail east) of the previous junction. In addition, three bivouacs were removed as they were too close to roads.

Both the GPS and PDF maps were updated. The new revision date is 5/22/2020.

  - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 2, 20

CH1
CH1  Erwin Hollow Road creek crossing
 
The trail crossing from Erwin Hollow Road across the creek to the Erwin Hollow State Forest is currently being rerouted thanks to the trail maintainers.  Follow the hot pink and black flagging tape from the road down a gentler decline to the creek bed then upstream to the other side and the orange marked trail.  Reverse the directions for leaving the forest to the road.  This may be a permanent solution...
- Pat Monahan, RTC (Lynda Rummel)
Jun. 2, 20

CH1
CH1  Roger Road into West Hill State Forest  The beavers have been busy this spring on the northbound side from Rogers Road.  The creek crossing was approximately 200 yards from the road.  The dam is no longer passable.  This will require some time to establish a new temporary route (there is no simple solution). Until the temporary route is established (it will be marked with hot pink and black flagging tape), to avoid  beaver work zone you will need to bushwhack slightly uphill from the creek with the beaver pond always on your right.  The marked trail runs along the length of the pond before going uphill.  This may be a permanent solution.
- Pat Monahan, RTC (Lynda Rummel)
Jun. 1, 20

B3

B3  Visiting the Huckleberry Bog Loop?  Until further notice, please do not park at the end of Stone School House Rd.  The family at the end of the road has asked that we not park on their property while they are working from home.  A small amount of alternative parking is available on Glen Brook Rd.  Thank you.  - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

May. 17, 20

M6

M6 The main trail is temporarily closed between Pond Rd. and Camp Rd. Please use the alternative roadwalk of Pond and Amison/Camp Roads until more information is available.

- Marty Howden (Lynda Rummel)
May. 1, 20

CT9
Hunting notice: CT9  East of Akron - east of Pembroke.   Trail Closed during Hunting Seasons May 1- 31 and Sept 1 –Dec 22nd.  Heading east from Akron on Powerline (old peanut Lone RR Grade), turn right (south) on Lake Rd.  At Main Street (Rte 5) in Pembroke, turn left (east). Hike across expressway to Lover’s Lane and turn right (south).  Heading west to Pembroke, continue on Main Street (Rte 5) to Lake St. and turn right (north) to Powerline (old peanut Lone RR Grade) and turn left (west).

 

 

          - Jeanne Moog (Lynda Rummel)

Apr. 29, 20

M3/CT3
Trail Closed Trail closed on Cotter between  CotterRoad and Rte 219 going south.

Re-route: Continue on Cotter to Rte 219.  Turn right (north) on Rte219  hike to Lindberg Road.  Left on Lindberg.  Lindberg becomes Hinman Hollow Road. Left turn (south) on East Kent Road.  Left (south) on Ellicottville/Maples Road.  Right at Trail Head (white blazes) - Jeanne Moog

Apr. 29, 20

M3/CT3
Trail Closed Trail between Ellicottville Maples and Poverty Hill Road is closed, FLTC has lost permission to cross landowners land.  The trail between Poverty Hill Rd and Route 219 is also closed until further notice. 

Re-route:

North on Ellicottville Maples Road (Rte 13). Right at East Kent Road.  Follow north to Hinman Hollow Road, turn right (east).  Follow Hinman Hollow Road to Lindberg, turn right on to Rte 219, follow to Cotter Road,  Left onto Cotter Road.  Follow Cotter to Irish Hill Road (white blazes). - Jeanne Moog

Apr. 29, 20

M4
Map Revision: Map Revision: A minor update to this map was published today to add a note concerning a new lodging option to back of the map. To rent the rustic Teach Bunkhouse, close to trail SE of jct of NYS 240 & West Fancy Tract Rd., call: 716-930-5434. The Rev. Date is unchanged.

  - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 29, 20

M19
Map Revision: Updates to M19 and loop trail maps InL2 and VML were published today. The parcel along Babcock Hollow Road containing the Lithuanian and Irish Loops, formerly belonging to Joe Dabes, has been sold to New York State to connect the two separate parcels of Kennedy State Forest and also to provide access to Babcock Hollow Rd. Hikers can now camp on this property as camping is allowed on state land.

The new rev. date for these maps is 4/26/2020. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 29, 20

CT4
Map Revision: This map was updated to remove a summer woodchuck hunting closure between Access 4 and 5. This section is still closed during the spring and fall hunting seasons. The rev. date is now 4/15/2020.

  - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 29, 20

CT8
Trail Closed The entire Map CT 8 is closed for hunting :  Winter Oct 1 - Dec 22 and Spring May 1 - 31 - Jeanne Moog

Apr. 15, 20

M13

The Carsonite post on the west side of the trail crossing at Monterey/Sexton Hollow Rd. has been relocated to the back of the parking area.  Downed ash across the trail were cleared in 2019; however, stay alert:  The many ash in the area show the signs of emerald ash borer infestation and will fall...inevitably.  - Lynda Rummel

Apr. 15, 20

M13

Birdseye Hollow Day Use Area:  The trail in Steuben County parks is open; however, all facilities are closed.  Hikers must stay on the trail, hike solor or with household members only, practice physical distancing especially when passing others on the trail, and carry hand sanitizer and a face mask which should be used whenever others are around. - Bill Meehan (Lynda Rummel)

Feb. 9, 20

M3/CT3

For your information:  Closure between Maple-Ellicottsville Rd. and Cotter Rd., shown on maps published prior to 2017 and posted on the list of hunting closures until today, has been eliminated.  Good news:  There is no hunting closure on that section. - Jeanne Moog (Lynda Rummel)

Feb. 9, 20

M3/CT3

Section Permanently Closed:  The section between Poverty Hill Rd. (AP 8) and Cotter Rd. is now closed permanently, not just for the hunting seasons.  The RTC's and club landowner relations volunteers are working hard to relocate the trail; but until then, when hiking east, please turn left (north) on Poverty Hill Rd. (at AP 8), then turn right (east) on Lindberg Rd., then turn right (south) on 219, and finally, then left (east) on Cotter Rd. until you begin to see the blazes - Jeanne Moog (Lynda Rummel)

Jan. 10, 20

M7

Trail Closed Due To Logging: The trail is closed between Pennycook Road and Short Track Road due to logging by landower.

WB: Turn left (south) on Short Track Rd to Robinson Rd. Turn right (west) to Pennycook Rd. Cross Pennycook Rd and rejoin trail.

EB: Cross Pennycook Rd to Robinson Rd. and continue east to Short Track Rd. Turn left (north) pass Smith Rd and rejoin trail to the right (east).  - Peter Wybron

Nov. 25, 19

B1
Hunting notice: Map B1, north of Naples:  The trail is now closed from AP 4 (Seman Rd.) south to Mt. Pleasant St. in Naples from October 1st to December 20th, due to property changing hands at the southern part of this section.  - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Nov. 20, 19

B3

Hiking Advisory on B3, Lake David area  UPDATED Dec 17, 2019 & Oct 1, 2020:  The parcel that encloses Lake David, southwest of CR 13, has an owner who is and will be actively hunting on his property.  Despite landowner signs you may still see to the contrary, the section IS OPEN for hiking;  but please hike this section as little as possible during fall big game hunting seasons and if you do hike this section, please refrain from hiking at dawn or right before dusk, wear lots of blaze orange, keep your dog on-leash (wearing blaze orange, too), do NOT stray from the trail, and keep noise to a minimum.  FLTC cautionary signs have been posted and the trail section has been reblazed.  Thank you for your consideration. - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Oct. 24, 19

M19

M 19  Off the Virgil Mtn. Loop between Cortland Three Rd. and Valentine Hollow Rd., west of where the trail turns sharply left (north) and parallels the power line, a hiker reported finding an orange flagged "trail" that leaves the FLT and heads northerly, apparently onto private land.  Please stay on the orange-blazed FLT, which stays inside the state forest boundary. - Lynda Rummel

Oct. 20, 19

B1
Hunting notice: B1  Hunting Closure  Camp Cutler Between CR 33 and Clement Rd., the trail is closed from November 15 to December 22, on Camp Cutler, due to hunting season.  No public hiking, snowshoeing, or xc skiing on the FLT through the Camp during this period.  Keep in mind that the trail is closed during hunting season to the north of CR 33, as well. - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Sep. 2, 19

M27
Map Revision: The map was updated to reflect a short reroute to get the trail totally off a proposed snowmobile trail. M27 is now 0.1 miles shorter. New revision date: 9/1/2019.

  - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 2, 19

B3
Map Revision: A reroute moves the trail off road between CR75 and Williams Rd. New revision date: 8/31/2019

  - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 3, 19

M22
Map Revision: M22 was updated to reflect the addition of the Bucks Brook Lean-to. The rev. date remains 2/15. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 2, 19

CH1

Temporary Trail Section Closing Due to Logging:  The trail section on private lands between Meads Creek and South Bradford State Forests is closed from now until September 1, 2019, due to logging.  To avoid the trail closing when hiking northbound from the Wixon Rd. Trail Head, follow Wixon Rd. (northwest), then right (north) on Stoney Ridge Rd., then merge into McNutt Run Rd. and continue north, then right (east) on Bailey Rd. Go ~ 0.8 miles on Bailey Rd. to Trail Head on left find trail to the Moss Hill Lean-to and main FLT. - Pat Monahan (Lynda Rummel)

Jul. 31, 19

M19
Map Revision: M19 was updated today to reflect the addition of the English Loop (EL).  In addition, other maps updated today to reflect this change are the SpL, In>, SwL and the release of the new EL map.  All map revision dates were change to 7/31/2019. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 25, 19

M2/CT2
Logging: Active logging between Sawmill Rd (access 3) and Bucktooth Rd (access 4).  A section of the trail thru Bucktooth S.F.   The trail is open North from Sawmill Run Rd  to a signed and Barricaded point in the forest.  A short 1/3 mile reroute down a flagged and recently cleaned 12 year old skid trail will take the hiker to the start of a 1.6 mile forest road.  This leads North to W Bucktooth Run Rd  A one mile easterly jaunt brings the hiker to the FingerLakes Trail eastbound.  Intersections are signed. 

Note:  There are two logging companies working In Bucktooth. One  outfit is constructing a road off the aforementioned  1.6 mile forest road. DO NOT take this route - Jeanne Moog

Jul. 7, 19

L2
Passport hike closed Central Passport Hike #2

This Passport hike is PERMANENTLY closed due to the closure of the Finger Lakes Trail in this area. When the FLT is permanently re-routed the Passport hike will be moved to the new trail. At that time a new hike description, map and information will be posted here. Update 7/9/19:  The passport post has been removed to the office. - R. Hopkins, I.Szabo

Jul. 7, 19

Passport Central
Hike #2 Permanent Closure

Passport hike closed Central Passport Hike #2

This Passport hike is PERMANENTLY closed due to the closure of the Finger Lakes Trail in this area. When the FLT is permanently re-routed the Passport hike will be moved to the new trail. At that time a new hike description, map and information will be posted here. Update 7/9/19:  The passport post has been removed to the office. - R. Hopkins, I.Szabo

Jul. 5, 19

M23
Map Revision: Map M23 was published today to reflect adding a new 0.5 mile red spur from Perkins Pond LT Blue Spur to Plank Rd, and a reroute to the blue spur. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 5, 19

M24
Map Revision: Map M24 was published today to remove the Balsam Inn. The route of the trail did not change. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 5, 19

L2
Map Revision: L2 was published today to reflect a temporary reroute from APs K-L, and to add the L2UpFallsSpure back to the map. - FLTC Mapping

May. 30, 19

O2

O2 Ascending through private land from East DeRuyter Lake Lake Rd., the logs blocking the trail have been cleared and the trail is open once again.  - Lynda Rummel, for Tony Rodriguez

May. 15, 19

M26
Map Revision: Map M26 has been updated with sponsor changes. In addition, parking is now shown at the south end of the Masonville Bridge. Both the PDF and GPX versions of the map were updated. The revision date was not changed.

  - FLTC mapping

May. 15, 19

M27
Map Revision: The map has been updated to reflect 2 new reroutes in the section from Beales Pond Rd. to the Getter hill Lean-to. 1. Trail rerouted to the east of the beaver pond due to continuing beaver dam building. 2. Trail reroute at request of DEC forester from the top of the big field due north till it reconnects with current trail. At the same time the blue trail was extended to the south east corner of the big field. Parking information was also updated. Both the PDF and GPX versions of the map have changed. The revision date is now 5/15/2019.

  - FLTC Mapping

May. 14, 19

M29
Map Revision: A new map was published today to reflect a small reroute. The Rev Date was changed to 05/15/2019. - FLTC Mapping

May. 14, 19

M33
Map Revision: A new map was published today to reflect the initial release of Map M34. The rev date was changed to 05/15/2019. - FLTC Mapping

May. 14, 19

M34
Map Revision: The initial release of map M34 showing the new FLT eastern terminus was published today, with (revision date) 05/15/2019. - FLTC Mapping

May. 2, 19

M11
Map Revision: Due to the loss of landowner permission, a section of trail has been rerouted onto Knight Settlement Road. The trail now continues on Cochrane Road to Knight Settlement Road and on Knight Settlement Road to NY 415.

Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new revision date is 4/19/2019. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 27, 19

M14

M14 Ebenezer's Crossing, by Templar Rd., and Julie's Crossing, Townsend Creek (W of Watkins Glen SP):  Flash flooding, summer growth, and winter ice can make crossings (fords) slippery in all seasons of the year.  Carry hiking poles/sticks.  Use good judgment and do not cross if the water seems too high or the surfaces are likely to be too slick.  Note that conditions change every year.  Drought conditions in 2020 mean that run-off from downpours can be severe.   Heading east:  Check water conditions at Ebenezer's Crossing (Templar Rd.)  before hiking in to attempt Julie's Crossing -- high water at Ebenezer's Crossing means water is too high at Julie's Crossing!  High water bypasses are shown on the map; but retrace your steps if you come to a situation that seems too challenging for your abilities. - Lynda Rummel

Apr. 27, 19

M14

Main FLT, Map M 14, West of Watkins Glen State Park, East of the Fire Tower area:  Two locations in Sugar Hill State Forest -- the plantation south of old Sickler Rd., between CR 21 and old Templar Rd., and the hill between Templar Rd. and Van Zandt Hollow Rd. -- are scheduled to be logged this summer.  Both sections have been flagged and rerouted sufficient for hiking but will remain in rougher condition until fully cleared, blazed, and possibly enhanced with sidehilling and puncheon.  Please be sure to follow the flagging; hiking poles are recommended.  - Lynda Rummel & Bill Meehan

Apr. 18, 19

M7

The FLT Alley Cat crew has repaired the roof on the Hesse Lean-to and installed a new privy and fire ring. Please use the new fire ring for all campfires. At the landowners request please do not build temporary fire rings or build fires outside of the new fire ring. - Peter Wybron

Apr. 10, 19

L2
Map Revision:

Map L2 has been updated to reflect a major reroute onto roads south of Access K due to a trail closure within Letchworth Park.

 

The Park has closed the Letchworth Trail south from Access K due to ever-changing conditions; with major portions of the hillside slumping toward the gorge, it has become too dangerous.

 

Both the PDF and GPX maps have been updated.  Revision date updated to 4/8/2019. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 10, 19

L2

Letchworth Park South Trail Closure & Temporary Reroute:

The Park has closed the Letchworth Trail south from Access K due to ever-changing conditions.   With major portions of the hillside slumping toward the gorge, it has become too dangerous.  (The blue-blazed spur south of Access K, at the crossing of the Parade Grounds Rd., remains open and provides an out-and-back to an overlook over Middle Falls.) Reroute explorations are proceeding, but as of now, we have no completely off-road way to get from Access K to Access L at the river bridge in Portageville.

Update 7/9/2019:  As an interim solution to get out of Letchworth Park from Access K, heading south from the south end of the park, without having to walk on NYS 436, continue uphill from the parade grounds on the unblazed park road, heading away from the gorge.  At the park road entrance to 436, take a HARD right onto  Portageville Rd. (dirt) and hike about a mile to where the road crosses the railroad tracks, just before the bridge.  Look both directions and cross with care.  Continue on the improved road down to the T intersection.  Turn LEFT to get down to 436 and the river.  As the old road begins to slip away, follow the bicolored plastic ribbons across private land above the erosion to a very small parking area next to 436.  Turn right and cross the bridge with care (no shoulders!).  Find yellow blazes again on the far side of the bridge.  - Irene Szabo (Lynda Rummel)

Feb. 16, 19

M7

Trail closure on the southern end of the Letchworth Trail map M2, which is also shown on this map. Please refer to the Trail Conditions Notice for L2. - Irene Szabo (Jo Taylor)

Jan. 31, 19

M12
Map Revision: Sponsor changes and clarification of parking locations. Only the PDFs changed. The Rev Date has not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Jan. 31, 19

M13
Map Revision: Sponsor changes and clarification of parking locations. Just the PDFs changed. The Rev Date has not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Jan. 31, 19

M19
Map Revision: A new register box has been added at the south end of the blue-blazed Kuzia Cutoff. Both PDFs and the GPX for M19 were updated. The Rev Date has not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Jan. 31, 19

M20
Map Revision: Various corrections:

  • Restored missing DEC roads/trails
  • Moved I-81 layer up to so that roads pass underneath it, rather than above
  • Removed parking symbol in Blodgett Mills
  • Added some parking locations
  • A new bridge has enabled the removal of a warning about a hazardous high water crossing near McGraw-Marathon Rd.

Both PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date is now 2/1/19.

  - FLTC Mapping

Jan. 14, 19

CT7
Hunting notice: At mile 5.4 Trail is closed for hunting from here to Access 5 from May 1-31 and Oct. 1 to Dec 22.  Bypass:  Continue on Woodchuck Rd, left on Verysburg to US 20A, cross 20A, take E Blood Rd and Bear Rd.

At mile 12.1 on Coyle Rd.  Caution  Ahead there is an irrational homeowner with nasty dogs; hikers have been bitten! 

Be prepared to to call 911.  Hiking poles may be useful in fending them off

Trail closed for hunting  from here to Darien Lake State Park (MapCT8, Access3) from May 1 -31 and Oct 1 top Dec 22. 

Bypass:  follow Folsomdale Rd, right on NY 354 (clinton St), then left on Schad Rd to Getman Rd - Jeanne Moog

Jan. 14, 19

CT7
Hunting notice: Access 1 Trail from Coyle Rd (on Map CT 7) to Access 3 ahead is closed for hunting May 1-31 and Oct 1 to Dec 22. 

Bypass: west on Getman Rd to Schad Rd.

 

Access 3 Hunting is allowed in the State Park. Take appropriate precautions if hiking during hunting season.

 

At mile 9.4 Trail ahead to Access 7 is closed for hunting from May 1-31 and Oct 1 to Dec 22. 

Bypass: continue north on Fargo, left on Genesee (west), right (north) on Lake Rd, right (east) on Cohocton Rd to

Access 7. - Jeanne Moog

Dec. 29, 18

CT6

Near Access 4.  At "No Dogs" sign, turn around and walk North on Savage Rd.  At Rt 16 make a left turn, take a left turn on Holland Glenwood Rd and another left on Warner Gulf (south) walk until ypu meet the CT near Access3

 

Near Access 3  At "No Dogs" sign, continue North on Warner Gulf Rd, turn right on Holland Glenwood Rd, turn right on Rt 16, walk to meet the CT heading North - Jeanne Moog

Dec. 28, 18

CT12

Do not park your car under the north end of the South Grand Island Bridge.  Cars can be towed due to safety concerns according to the Grand Island Police. There is a legal  parking lot within eyesite of the Bridge on the corner of E. River Road  and an unnamed road at a brick building with a green roof.  A dozen parking spots are available at this location.

It is also advisable not to park under the bridge at the sounth end of River Road (Rt 266) in Tonawanda.  Parking is available 0.2 miles heading northeast at the Isle View Country Park - Jeanne Moog

Oct. 30, 18

M6
Map Revision: The map was updated today to reflect changes made on the Letchworth Trail.  Road names were also updated. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 30, 18

M27
Hunting notice: The map was updated today to reflect a change to the beginning of the hunting closure on adjacent map M28, beginning at the onset of hunting season. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 30, 18

L1
Map Revision: The map was updated today to reflect small reroutes of the trail. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 23, 18

M13

Posted Oct 23, 2018  Caution:  Road Conditions, Corbett Hollow Rd. -- Up the hollow (north of the Yosemite Sam signs), Corbett Hollow Road is a single-track backwoods road that is subject to flash floods, washouts, and very muddy conditions.  There is no place to turn around or to park until you reach the state forest.  The road is maintained infrequently at best; at worst, not.  Use good judgmentPlease do not drive up the hollow past the Yosemite Sam sign when the road is muddy, icy, or covered with snow.

First posted July 7, 2016.  Reposted Oct 23, 2018.  Public Travel is Permitted!  Somewhat intimidating signs prohibiting public travel up Corbett Hollow on Corbett Hollow Rd. are still in place.  Despite the presence of Yosemite Sam and his posse of signs, the public IS permitted to drive through to the circle turnaround in Goundry Hill State Forest at the upper end of the hollow.  However, when traveling through the area between the nasty signs and Goundry Hill SF, stay on the road and do not park on the shoulder.  Once inside the yellow-painted and signed boundaries of Goundry Hill SF, you may park your car at the side of the road (just leave room for a vehicle to get past) and camp as usual, as long as the site is away from water (stream or run-off creek) and not close to the FLT.   The obnoxious private signs are still up because they are posted on private land.  There is a public ROW over the road, established in the landowners' deeds and re-established by court action taken by the State.  Should you encounter any difficulties, please contact me at [email protected]. - Lynda Rummel

Oct. 4, 18

M13

UPDATE!  BRIDGE REPAIRED!  M13 Birdseye Hollow Day Park/State Forest, W side of Birdseye Hollow Rd. (CR 96). Heading east:  The footbridge has been repaired and is completely usable.  A huge thanks to Dave Drum.  And asphalt shingles have been added on both bridges, to provide an anti-slip surface, thanks to Dutch Yowell.

This replaces this prior notice:  April 21, 2018 SHORT BYPASS AROUND DAMAGED FOOTBRIDGE.  At 2.3 mi S of AP 1, the first of two bridges before entering Birdseye Hollow Day Park has been badly damaged by a fallen tree.  The bridge cannot be used.  Please leave the trail just before reaching the bridge and continue S on the road shoulder for about .25 mi before returning to the trail.  The bridge will be repaired/replaced as soon as possible.  - Steve Catherman, Donna Noteware, Lynda Rummel

Oct. 3, 18

M14
Map Revision: Hunting / High Water Byoass from Van Zandt Hollow Rd into Watkins Glen State Park corrected. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 1, 18

M12
Map Revision: A new map was published 9/26 to reflect changed wording on the back of the map regarding parking at Access 2. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 1, 18

CT7
Map Revision: A new map and GPS file were published 9/26 to reflect a reroute near mile 16.0. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 30, 18

M28

The Delaware County DPW is in the process of constructing a communications tower on M28 just south of the Rock Rift Fire tower.  This project uses a very short section of the FLT for an access road running right next to the fire tower.  Impact on the FLT is minimal however hikers should take care in approaching the site and do not attempt to enter the construction site proper or climb on construction equipment.  STAY ON THE TRAIL !!! - Rick Roberts (Lynda Rummel)

Sep. 2, 18

M12

AP 2, Robbins Rd.  Please park parallel with the road along the shoulder at the Robbins Rd. trailhead.  The small off-road area formerly used for parking has been blocked off with a chain and signed "no parking."  Please do not try to use that space or park in front of the chain.  - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 28, 18

M19

Safety Advisory - Daisy Hollow Rd.:  Hikers are advised to walk on the west side of Daisy Hollow Rd. and avoid houses along the east side.  An incident with a menacing dog and its apparent owner has been reported.  Should you encounter any difficulties, be sure to make a report to the Cortland Co. Sheriff (607-758-5507) and to the FLTC. - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 1, 18

M29
Map Revision: A new M29 map was published today to incorporate corrections to the GPS data. The PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date was changed to 8/1/2018. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 28, 18

M21
Map Revision: A new map was published today showing the lean-to added at mile 5.8 and some additional registers near the north end of this map. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 28, 18

M22
Map Revision: A new map was published today to reflect M21 map changes that appear on this map as well. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 28, 18

B1
Hunting notice: Map B1 Attention Hikers!   SAFETY ALERT and DATE REVISION Ontario Co. Park to CR 33.  You cannot hike thru from Ontario County Park to CR 33 or from CR 33 to Ontario County Park between October 1st and December 9th. Private land around and north of the Beaver Pond Lean-to is hunted actively and the landowners have closed the trail to hiking during this time period.  You may go in and out to the Beaver Pond Lean-to from the south (CR 33), but do not continue past the lean-to -- retrace your steps and return to CR 33.  Please respect the wishes of these landowners who generously allow the trail to cross their lands for you to hike at all other times of the year.  Failure to do so risks losing permissions. - Lynda Rummel & Donna Noteware

Jul. 14, 18

M13
Map Revision: Sponsor credits on the back of the map were updated.  The Rev Date (9/14) was not changed. Only the PDF file was updated.  - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 14, 18

M25
Map Revision: This map update includes the addition of the Basswood Lean-to and a short re-route which brings the trail over toward the lean-to site.  The Rev Date was changed to 6/12/18. The PDF and GPS files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 23, 18

M13

M13 & GET 1  MOSS HILL LEAN-TO  At the junction of the NCNST/FLT main trail and the Crystal Hills Branch/GET northern terminus, a timberframe lean-to, woodshed,  firepit/dining "patio" area, and armored and painted outhouse await visitors.  The interior of the Moss Hill Lean-to, aka the Doggie Shelter, includes a plaque dedicated to donors & the dogs who hike with them and a small bulletin board with some of their photos.  The project was completed by an Alley Cat crew working between August 8 -18, 2017, and replaces a log lean-to deconstructed by powder post beetles.    - Lynda Rummel

Jun. 23, 18

M14
Hunting notice: 2012-09-29 2015-10-19 2018-7-1  Hunting Closure Dates:  Trail is closed Oct. 1 - Jan. 1, from just east of Van Zandt Hollow Rd. east to the western boundary of Watkins Glen State Park (mileages 6.7-7.3); use blue blazed bypass on Van Zandt Hollow Rd., Townsend Rd., and a park service road.  HIGH WATER BYPASS follows this route.  No hunting or hiking of this stretch during the closure period. - Lynda Rummel

Jun. 23, 18

CH1

CH 1 & GET 1  UPDATED!  At the junction of the NCNST/FLT and Crystal Hills Branch/GET northern terminus, a year-old timberframe lean-to, woodshed,  firepit/dining "patio" area, and armored and painted outhouse are ready for visitors.  The interior of the rebuilt Moss Hill Lean-to, aka the Doggie Shelter, includes a plaque dedicated to donors & the dogs who hike with them and a small bulletin board with some of their photos.  The project was completed by an Alley Cat crew working between August 8-18, 2017, and replaces a log lean-to deconstructed by powder post beetles.   - Lynda Rummel

Apr. 30, 18

M15

M15 2.3 mi from the junction of 329_14/414, east of Excelsior Glen (just east of Queen Catharine Marsh, Watkins Glen):  Heading east, from where trail leaves NYS 414 and after climbing through Excelsior Glen, trail crosses unnamed creek before reaching Jolly Rd.  Creek crossing (ford) can be extremely slippery.  Notes on back of M15 warn you to take bypass if water is high through Excelsior Glen, and caution you about slippery conditions on the creek's rocks.  If hiking through this area, or in most areas along the FLT System, you are advised to take and use hiking poles or sticks. - Joyce Ermer, Barbara Nussbaum (Lynda Rummel)

Mar. 15, 18

M12
Hunting notice: From the west:  Just east of Sandpit Rd. (Access 1) and Steuben County land, the new landowner has closed the trail from Oct. 1 - Dec. 20.  No hiking (or hunting!) on this section during this time period.  The trail on county land just east of Sandpit Rd. will remain open, but do not, under any circumstance, continue east onto the adjacent private parcel during hunting season. 

This fall hunting season closure imposes a lengthy & complicated roadwalk of 3.4 miles (8 min. driving, 1 hr 8 min. walking) between Sandpit Rd. and Hickory Hill Campground, the nearest access point to the east.  Heading east, the roadwalk is as follows:  Continue E/SE on Sandpit to T, turn R (S) on Snyder Hill Rd./Maple Heights, then L (E) on Charles St., then R (S) on Kingsley, then L (E) on Whiting, then L (N) on Roble, then R (E) on Maine to T with Haverling/Mitchellsville/NYS 13.  Turn L (N) on NYS 13 & follow it to Hickory Hill Campground (off-road parking).  Find blue-blazed spur trail up hill & turn R (E) onto FLT & access to Hickory Hill Lean-to.  If hiking east during fall hunting season, note there is a hunting closure on Knight Settlement Rd. W of I-86 (see map M11), so best to drive from where the trail crosses Knight Settlement Rd. to Hickory Hill Campground.  - Lynda Rummel

Jan. 31, 18

CH1

West Hills trails out of Painted Post (CH1):  Beaver Pond near Rogers Road is being logged currently.  Some of the trails need clearing and re-marking, but overall the DEC and loggers did a good professional job of protecting the FLT.  More seriously, please note that year-round, hunters use the hilltop in this section to shoot into a dirt pile which runs in front of the FLT.  Announce your presence and cross the hilltop stretch with care.  Also, be aware that trappers are placing traps at the Beaver Pond, and near the FLT in West Hill SF and on nearby private land just south of the Bennett Road crossing.  Keep your dogs close.  - John Read (Lynda Rummel)

Dec. 4, 17

M5

This caution is for all who hike during big game season, but specifically for those who hike on/near Harwood Haven Campground and tree farm (new pink-blazed section of trail):

On private lands, hikers who don't advertize their presence by wearing blaze orange may be mistaken for trespassing hunters and so may inadvertantly motivate the landowner to close the trail.  For your own safety/health and the continuity of the trail, if you are going to hike during big game season, wear blaze orange.  Do this even if you are going out with a group of hikers -- everyone should be wearing blaze orange!  Wear an international orange jacket or vest (hunting vests are great since they are cheap, light, and have lots of pockets) and hat.  Dress your dog in an orange coat or vest and keep him/her on a leash, even on state forest grounds.   Remember that you and the trail are guests on the land, so hike quietly, respect the landowner's right to hunt, do not stray from the trail, in your thoughts, thank the landowner for allowing you to hike across his/her property, and wear blaze orange!  Please do not jeopardize our permission! - Lynda Rummel

Nov. 8, 17

O2

O2  Onondaga Branch, blue-blazed FLT/NCNST at mile 9.6, orange-blazed spur trail extending south leading to pond and Tromp bivouac site (just west of Tromp Rd.) has been disturbed by DEC heavy equipment work, making it extremely difficult if not impossible to find pond and bivouac site(s) (which may have been bull-dozed over).   Pond is reported to be "more like a puddle" and area is used for target shooting by hunters.  Area is reported to be wet, rocky, and likely unusable for bivouacing.  - Tony Rodriguez, Martin Petrella (Lynda Rummel)

Nov. 7, 17

M2/CT2
Map Revision: Map M2 has been updated to show a reroute near the west end of M3. The M2 route did not change. The revision date on the map remains 6/14/17. Only the PDF version of the map was updated. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 4, 17

M5

Directions for hiking reroute referenced in map revision below:  Heading east from AP1, turn left on Kingsbury Rd., hike for 1.2 miles, then turn right onto NYS 98, walk for .3 miles, then turn right off road at the pink/black flagging tape.  Follow pink/black flagging tape through Harwood Haven Campground until you reach the white blazes, indicating you have rejoined the main FLT. - Marty Howden (Lynda Rummel)

Oct. 26, 17

M5
Map Revision: Map M5 has been revised to reflect a reroute at the west end of the map. Due to a requested closure of a section of the previous trail by a landowner, there is now a 1.5 mile roadwalk along Kingsbury Hill Rd and Rte 98, followed by a new section of trail through Harwood Haven Campgrounds.

Both the PDF and GPX maps have been updated. The new revision date is 10/24/17.

  - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 21, 17

M12

M12 Access 5 (CR 13, Mitchellsville Rd.) to Access 6 (CR 88)  LANDOWNER CONCERNS ALERT

(1) This stretch of the main trail is all on private properties.  The lands are not closed to hiking during hunting seasons; so be aware that landowners may be hunting their lands.  Recommend no hiking for at least the first few weeks of big game season.  If you do choose to hike, wear blaze orange; be cautious, polite, and quiet; keep your dog on-leash at all times; and respect landowner rights.  

(2)  Heading east, leave CR 13, cross the field; please use the stile to go over the dilapidated fencing (unless the dilapidated corkscrew stile is down, too).  Descend through hemlock forest until follow woods road to edge of mowed field.  Stop!  Look up and note signs and blazes!  Do not follow dirt road left down to stream!!!  Instead, continue straight ahead along lefthand edge of the field, crossing over the road and continuing along edge of field to woods on other side.  Follow the "path of signs" across the field.   Continue to Passport Post area.  Stay on the trail; DO NOT go to edge overlooking the gorge.  Edge has eroded and is unpredictable and unstable, likely increasing the possibility of slipping, sliding, or falling. 

(3) Heading west: After beginning ascent along gorge, take care to stay on the blazed trail.  Do not go to edge overlooking gorge.  Edge has eroded and is unpredictable and unstable, likely increasing the possibility of slipping, sliding, or falling.   Pass Passport Post and come to edge of mowed field.  Cross field by following signs with blazes along bushes on right hand side.  Cross over dirt road that curves right and continue straight ahead on dirt road, up hill.  (DO NOT follow road to right down to the creek.)    Please use stile to exit forest out to the field and CR 13. - Lynda Rummel, RTC

Sep. 28, 17

M20
Map Revision:
M20 was updated to incorporate a reroute from mile 23.4 to the end of M20. This occurred as a result of loss of landowner permission.  The former hunting bypass is now the main trail, a 6.9 mile road walk to the end of M20.  The GPS and PDF files were both updated. The Rev Date is now 9/30/2017.

  - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 28, 17

M24
Map Revision: M24 was updated to show Kopac Pond.  The Rev Date is now 9/30/2017. Both PDF and GPX files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 25, 17

M24
The Kopac Trail is closed until further notice from Kopac Pond to the intersection with the main FLT at mileage 3.3.  Trail closed signs are in place as numerous trees are down and there is one particularly impossible reroute.
- Tom Bryden
Sep. 22, 17

M20

M20  Route 41 southeast of Solon.  Trail segment closed.  The landowner has permanently closed the short section between Rte 41 and Baker School house Forest, effective 10/1/2017.  Therefore, the designated alternate hunnting closure route will become the main trail.  Old signage has been removed; closure signage has been posted at both ends of the closed segment.  A new map is in the process of being developed.  - Tony Rodriguez (Lynda Rummel)

Sep. 17, 17

CT4
Map Revision: CT04 was updated to reflect the hunting closures in the Trail Conditions notice of May 15, 2107. Bypass routes for these closures are shown. The GPS and PDF files were both updated. The Rev Date is now 9/14/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 10, 17

M29

The landowner has advised us that there are logging operations underway on a portion of the orange trail on M29 that crosses private land on Campbell Mountain.  Due to the logging and recent rains, this portion of the FLT is quite muddy.  Also, the creation of additional intersecting logging roads might make the trail somewhat confusing.  To mitigate this confusion, the landowner has marked this portion of the FLT with orange ribbons, should hikers still wish to traverse.  Logging is expected to continue here for about another month, at which time the DEC may go through and add markers. - Lynda Rummel, for Bill Smith, landowner

Aug. 25, 17

M14

! IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ! -- On the east side of Van Zandt Hollow Rd., heading east, the trail crosses through thick crown vetch and over the Empire Pipeline cut,  close to the landowner's private farm road and cattle pasture.  DO NOT walk on the farm road or go near the fence or cattle -- stay on the trail! 

Heading east toward Watkins Glen from Van Zandt Hollow Rd., per signage at the trail head, turn left (north) towards the creek gorge and away from the farm road (do not go through the gate!); then turn (right) east, walk through woods and then follow trail across open land with weed growth until you reach more woods and the trail begins to follow the rim. 

Heading west towards Van Zandt Hollow Rd., emerge from trees and stay right, through weeds, even if weeds are high; cross Empire Pipeline cut with creek visible on right, enter trees and walk through trees till turn left and emerge by Van Zandt Hollow Rd.  Walk short distance parallel with Van Zandt Hollow Rd. turn right on driveway and then immediately right on road.  DO NOT walk on farm road or go near the fence or cattle! 

How to Guesstimate Conditions at Julie's Crossing (Townsend Creek):  (1) Be sure to check water level at Ebenezer's Crossing at creek off Templar Rd. before heading east across Townsend Creek (Julie's Crossing) to Watkins Glen State Park.  If the water is high at Ebenezer's Crossing, take BYPASS ROUTE instead of trail.  (2) Weed growth is often lush and high at Julie's Crossing, obscuring blazes and signs.  Flooding may have removed cairns.  Heading east, the trail starts on the other side of Townsend Creek just slightly downstream.

  - Lynda Rummel, Greg Farnham, Roger Hopkins

Aug. 17, 17

CT5
Map Revision: Map CT5 was updated to incorporate the hunting closures previously announced in the Trail Conditions notice of May 15, 2017. In addition, the Bunic Bivouac Area between Access 2 and Access 3 has been removed from the map. It is no longer usable. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 7/26/17.

The website interactive map and the store were updated on Sunday, August 20. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 17, 17

CT6
Map Revision: Map CT6 was updated to incorporate the hunting closures previously announced in the Trail Conditions notice of May 15, 2017. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/6/17.

The website interactive map and the store were updated on Sunday, August 20. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 7, 17

M26

Notice:  M26 Trail segment from where the trail turns off Rt. 206 to the Power line area. This is private property. Hikers are guests, please stay on the trail all the way, stopping only to sign into the trail register. - Don Sutherland

Jul. 7, 17

M1/CT1

Allegany State Park, Access 3, 8.6 mi in, park administration has put caution flagging tape on Coon Run Bridge.  The bridge is still open but its condition is "tipsy" when walked on, so proceed with caution.  Park adminstration intends to repair or replace the bridge and should have more information available in the next few weeks.    - Don Bergman/Jeanne Moog (Lynda Rummel)

Jun. 26, 17

M2/CT2
Map Revision: This map has been updated to include the new Bucktooth S.F. Lean-to and to incorporate the hunting closures listed in the May 15, 2017, Trail Conditions notice.

The Rev. Date has been updated to June 14, 2017. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 26, 17

M3/CT3

Attention hikers: If you plan to camp overnight near the trail between Access 5 and Access 6, please register prior to doing so by calling 716-699-2345. There is no fee for camping. Thank you. - FLTC Mapping

May. 15, 17

M2/CT2
Hunting notice: The following sections are closed during both the spring (May 1 - 31) and the fall hunting seasons (Oct 1 - Dec 22)

Sawmill Run Rd to West Branch Bucktooth Rd
W. Branch Bucktooth Rd to E. Branch Bucktooth Rd

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

M3/CT3
Hunting notice: Please observe the following hunting closures. These sections of trail are closed to hikers according to the schedule below.

Spring    May 1 – May 31, Fall   October 1 – December 22, 

Spring & Fall 242  to Ellicottville Maples
Spring & Fall 219 to Cotter
Spring & Fall Cotter to Irish Hill
Fall Irish Hill to Brennan
Fall Brennan to 240 

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

CT5
Hunting notice: The following sections are closed during both the spring (May 1 - 31) and the fall hunting seasons (Oct 1 - Dec 22)

Folts Rd. to Folts Rd.
Genesee Rd. at end of Erie County Forest to Allen Rd.

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

CT6
Hunting notice: Hunting notice: Please observe the following hunting closures. These sections of trail are closed to hikers according to the schedule below.


Spring May 1 – May 31, Fall October 1 – December 22

Spring & Fall Allen to Matteson Corners
Spring & Fall Matteson Corners to Warner Gulf Rd.
Spring & Fall Warner Gulf to Savage
Spring & Fall Savage to Rt. 16
Fall Rt. 16 to Vermont St.
Spring & Fall Vermont St. to Humphries
Spring & Fall Humphries to Carpenter

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 11, 17

M6

This notice is to alert you to the loss of the bridge between AP 1 and 2 crossing Sixtown Creek.  This notice will be updated as conditions change and the creek level drops to where it would be safe to hike. This change will be updated this fall when a logging operation in Swift Hill begins. The logging will involve the portion of the trail that was hard hit by the microburst last year. The trail should only be affected from early fall 2017 to the early spring 2018, but that is contingent on contracts and DEC decisions. - Marty Howden

Feb. 11, 17

M20
Map Revision: An update was published today, permanently removing the tent site symbol from the map at approximately mile 16.3. The map revision date remains at 9/27/16. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 29, 16

M20
Map Revision: An update was published today reflecting the following changes:

New trail is open from Underwood Hill Rd to McGraw-Marathon Rd and continues to Baker School House Rd thru DEC forest. Notice that a part, but not all, of this trail is closed for hunting from Oct 1 to Dec 22. The hunting closure bypass is Stone Rd, Atkins Rd and McGraw-Marathon Rd before accessing the new trail crossing.

The trail from Baker School House State Forest to Rt 41 is closed for hunting from Oct 1 to Dec 22. The hunting closure bypass is DEC truck trail, Baker School House Rd, Rt 41, May Rd, Preston Rd and Telephone Rd.

The trail from Rt 41 east (over Mt Tego) to Telephone Rd is permanently closed.  The new route is Rt 41 and Telephone Rd.

In addition, the new Hoxie Gorge Lean-to is correctly positioned.

Both the PDf and GPX files changed.  The Rev Date was changed to 9/21/2016. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 29, 16

M20

Until we can construct a bridge at the Smith Brook crossing (mileage 21.3) the landowner has given permission to utilize an upstream farm vehicle crossing at the end of the hedgerow, directly to the rear of the large white utility building. After crossing head back along the hedgerow to the 21.3 mile mark before proceeding uphill along the tree line to continue on towards Baker Schoolhouse Forest. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 20, 16

QCML
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today. The rev date was changed to 8/13.  The map now reflects recent changes to the main FLT and a new DEC observation tower. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 5, 16

QCML

Advisory:  The QCML trail is difficult to follow due to overgrowth, some downed trees and limbs, and faded blazes.  We expect to see some improvement fairly soon.  Parts of the loop are still quite beautiful and peaceful, so if you choose to hike this loop, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and mosquito/tick protection, and take a copy of the FLTC's QCML map (rev. 8/13 okay) with you.  Note that the "road walk" along 10th St. that connect the white (main) trail to the end of the dirt path (orange QCML) on Magee St. has been paint-blazed orange.   - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 4, 16

M20
Map Revision: A road walk was shortened by 0.6 miles.  The Rev Date was changed to 07/16. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 14, 16

M21

The section between Taylor Valley Rd. and Cheningo Solon Pond Rd. is still disrupted by logging.  The Regional Trail Coordinator has found the trail to be "clear and usable, with no unusual hazards or obstacles present."  Heavy machinery has created deep ruts and uneven tread, however.  At Secord Hill Rd., a sign states that hiking during the logging is not recommended, so do be alert and exercise extra caution if you choose to hike this stretch of trail at this time.  The VP-Trail Maint. is in the process of discussing the situation with the regional forester. - Lynda Rummel, Tony Rodriguez, Paul Warrander

Jul. 12, 16

M13

The register box between Sugar Hill Rd. and CR 22 is down and the register has been removed.  A new, replacement register will be added just as soon as we've gotten a new register box. - Lynda Rummel and Bill Meehan

Jul. 12, 16

M29

When heading east to west from the Roscoe area on M30 towards the Downsville area M29 on the FLT in Delaware Wild Forest, take care not to miss the sharp right turn from the orange DEC snowmobile trail to the white blazed FLT.  The turn occurs at the bottom of a long southerly dip in the route.  If you miss this turn and continue to head west instead of north/northwesterly, you may wind up going from state land to private land and onto Park Hill Rd., where you will be trespassing.  Note_1:  Park Hill Rd. is not shown on M29.  To see the trail relative to Park Hill Rd., please go to the FLTC's interactive map at this link.    Note_2:  When going west to east from the Downsville area M29 towards the Roscoe area M30, the sharp left turn from the white FLT to the orange DEC snowmobile trail is apparently better marked. - Lynda Rummel, Larry Blumberg, Mike Schlicht

Jul. 12, 16

M30

When heading east to west from the Roscoe area on M30 towardsthe Downsville area M29 on the FLT in Delaware Wild Forest, take care not to miss the sharp right turn from the orange DEC snowmobile trail to the white blazed FLT.  The turn occurs at the bottom of a long southerly dip in the route.  If you miss this turn and continue to head west instead of north/northwesterly, you may wind up going from state land to private land and onto Park Hill Rd., where you will be trespassing.  Note_1:  Park Hill Rd. is not shown on M29.  To see the trail relative to Park Hill Rd., please go to the FLTC's interactive map at this link.    Note_2:  When going west to east from the Downsville area M29 towards the Roscoe area M30, the sharp left turn from the white FLT to the orange DEC snowmobile trail is apparently better marked. - Lynda Rummel, Larry Blumberg, Mike Schlicht - Lynda Rummel, Larry Blumberg, Mike Schlicht

Jun. 1, 16

M21

ACTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECT ALONG THE TRAIL BETWEEN MP 0.7 AND MP 3.0. USE OF THIS TRAIL SECTION IS NOT RECOMMENDED UNTIL THE HARVEST IS COMPLETE. If you choose to use this section of trail, please proceed with caution! 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience. Cortland Two Road may be used as an alternte route. For additional information, please contact Senior Forester Henry Dedrick Jr. at the DEC Division of Lands and Forests Office in Cortland, NY at 607-753-3095 ext. 218 or by email at [email protected] . - Steve Catherman

Apr. 29, 16

O2
Active Hunting Alert
On FLT Map O2, between Deruyter Road (CR 12) on the east and Highland Park  (CR 188) on the west.  This private property adjoins Onondaga County's Highland Forest on the park's eastern boundary. The FLTC has been advised there is active hunting between Deruyter Road and the eastern park boundary.  Trail users should proceed with extreme caution, stay on the marked trail, wear highly visible clothing,   keep dogs on a leash and keep conversation to a minimum during hunting season (May 1-31 one-half hour before sunrise until noon) and big game season in the fall (See NYS DEC website for specific dates).  Please put safety first with this active hunting alert.

  - Pat Monahan

Apr. 11, 16

M28

On Map 28, the section near the Rock Rift Fire tower.  Logging operation in progress.  The trail on the east side of the tower for about 300 yards is rutted and muddy.  Trail markers are all intact however. Operation should be completed, regraded and seeded by 5/1. - Rick Roberts

Mar. 30, 16

M20
Landowner Issue The trail exiting NY 41 heading west is temporarily closed due to a landowner issue. Use Baker Schoolhouse Road and NY 41 to detour around this closure. - Steve Catherman/Tony Rodriguez

Jan. 13, 16

M20

During times of seasonal high water or ice in Trout Brook just west of NY 41 at milepoint 25.8 heading west to east, use NYS DEC Cortland #12 truck trail in Baker Schoolhouse State Forest to Baker Schoolhouse Road to NY 41 to bypass the creek. - Steve Catherman/Tony Rodriguez

Dec. 28, 15

M20
Trespass Problem The section of trail between NY 41 and Telephone Road is currently closed due to trespassing issues not involving FLT hikers. Bypass this closure using NY 41 and Telephone Road. - Steve Catherman/Bill Coffin

Dec. 1, 15

M5

ATTENTION HIKERS! During hunting season between Access 1 on Kingsbury Hill Road and Bush Hill State Forest, you may encounter authorized hunters, many of whom may be landowners, on the trail. Wear high visibility clothing, do not stray from the trail, keep dogs on a leash, and keep conversation and noise to a minimum.  - Steve Catherman/Marty Howden

Oct. 20, 15

M13

An update to this map was published today with minor edits to the front and back of the map.

The map rev date (9/14) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 20, 15

M20
Map Revision:

An update to this map was published today reflecting a re-route through Baker Schoolhouse State Forest. This re-route eliminates most of a long road walk on Baker Schoolhouse Road and NY 41.

The map rev date was updated to 9/15. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 24, 15

M21

The section of trail between Randall Hill Road and Potter Hill-Cemetery Road in Cuyler Hill State Forest on Map M21 is being actively managed by NYSDEC. Use of this trail is not recommended until the harvest is complete. However, if you choose to use this trail, be aware that it is quite muddy and messy in places and proceed with caution! - Steve Catherman/Tony Rodriguez

Aug. 15, 15

CH3

CH3 has reissued to correct the inadvertent removal of Pennsylvania’s roads and Mid State Trail in the 4/15 version. The Rev Date is still 4/15. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 27, 15

M5

For clarification purposes, there is no good parking at Access 5 at the intersection of Fairview Rd and Williams Rd, however there is some available shoulder parking further east on Williams Rd. - Steve Catherman

Jul. 15, 15

CH1

A new map with Rev Date 09/15 was published on 10/26 reflecting the new section of trail open on CH1!

Hiking north to south from milepoint 13.0 out of West Hill State Forest, follow the orange blazes across the gas line directly across West Hill Road to a private lane and walk around the perimeter of an electric fence. Continue to follow the orange blazes along a beautiful creek. Walk across a small field to Bennett Road (now abandoned) and back on to the marked trail on the map. 

The original orange blazed route for this section on West Hill Road and Bennett Road is now blazed blue as a high water route around the creek. - Steve Catherman/Pat Monahan

Jun. 8, 15

M28

On Map M28 at milepoint 20.9 and 21.1 just west of Beers Brook Rd, the NYC DEP has installed new gates on the old RR bed.  These gates will be closed when the DEP Firing Range is operational. Heading west to east, if the gate is closed, use the blue blazed detour trail to NYS Rte 10 and Beers Brook Rd back to the main trail. - Steve Catherman/Rick Roberts

Apr. 2, 15

M20

An update to this map was published today to reflect the major re-route described below (Nov. 12, 2014) by Steve Catherman and Mike Tenkate.

The map rev date was updated to 4/15. - FLTC Mapping

Feb. 23, 15

M13

An update to this map was published today to correct mile point 22.2 to be 23.0 on the back. There is no change to the trail.

The map rev date (9/14) was not changed. - Jo Taylor

Feb. 23, 15

M22
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today to remove the hunting closure between miles 10.7 and 11.0. The new map rev date is 2/15.

  - Jo Taylor

Feb. 23, 15

CH1
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today reflecting a new route added to remove a large portion of the road walk. The new map rev date is 2/15 - Jo Taylor

Nov. 23, 14

M13

An update to this map was published today reflecting wording changes on the back of the map. The trail did not change.

The map rev date (9/14) was not changed. - Greg Farnham

Nov. 12, 14

M20

On Map M20, the trail has been rerouted between West River Road and Hoxie Gorge, on SUNY Cortland property. To follow the new trail from west to east, at West River Road, turn right and follow it south about 4 miles to Route SR 392. Turn left onto SR 392 for 1/2 mile over the Tioughnioga River to Route 11. Turn right on SR 11, staying on the wide shoulder behind the guide rail for 1/2 mile (note the family of bald eagles nesting in the area just downhill from here), to Steve Russell Road. Turn left on this single lane dirt road and follow it uphill under I81 (bear left after passing under I81) for about 1 mile, to the trailhead entering Hoxie Gorge State Forest. Turn left into the State Forest and head north for about 4 miles, traversing 3 gorges, before crossing Hoxie Gorge Freetown Road. The trail then continues north for less than 1/2 mile to its intersection with the existing trail at the stone bridge on SUNY Cortland property.

The old main trail from Hoxie Gorge Road to the stone bridge on SUNY Cortland property has been reblazed as a blue access trail. 

Steve Catherman/Mike TenKate - Steve Catherman/Mike TenKate

Oct. 20, 14

B1
Hunting notice: REVISED DATES!  Location:  Gannett Hill (Bristol Springs), west side of Canandaigua Lake, the first private property south of Ontario County Park.  At the request of the landowner, trail across the private parcel immediately south of Ontario County Park is now closed for all of bow season, from October 1st through November 15th.  No hiking on this segment of trail during this time period, please!  The Beaver Pond lean-to may be accessed by heading north on the trail from CR 33. - Lynda Rummell

Oct. 4, 14

M28
Map Revision: A new revision was published on 10/4/2014 that reflects a major re-route taking the trail off NY 10 and routing it to the Rock Rift Fire Tower. - Greg Farnham

Sep. 29, 14

CH1

On Map CH1, the Crystal Hills Trail has been moved off West Hill Road between Bennett Road and Victory Highway (SR 415). Traveling south on West Hill Road, turn right on Bennett Road and continue west for 3/4 miles; then turn sharply southeasterly for 3/4 miles to elevation 1700' and enter Erwin Hollow State Forest; turn sharply southwesterly for almost 1/2 mile; turn south and then southwesterly for approx. 1 mile and cross Erwin Hollow Creek to Erwin Hollow Road; turn left (south) on Erwin Hollow Road for 1/2 mile to Victory Highway (SR 415). A map revision is being drafted.   - Steve Catherman

Sep. 16, 14

M30

On Map M30, heading east on the descent from Brock Mountain, for a short section between milepoint 3.3 and 3.8, the trail is overgrown with high blackberry bushes making the trail quite unpleasant and hard to navigate and the ensuing descent difficult. A work party is scheduled for early October to address this condition; until then, it is advisable to avoid this section of trail. - Steve Catherman/Rick Roberts

Jan. 7, 14

M28
Map Revision: A new map was released on 01/07/2014 showing additional road labeling. Previous trail conditions notices that have been incorporated into the current map have been archived. - Greg Farnham

Sep. 17, 13

M28

Camping is strictly not allowed on DEP land and will result in fines by DEP police if caught.  Same goes for swimming in the reservoir.

Please do NOT jeopardize our permission from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection to allow the trail on their property, and obey these regulations. - Rick Roberts

Aug. 26, 13

M29
Map Revision: A new map was released on 08/26/2013 with minor updates to information on the front and back. There were no trail changes.  Previous trail conditions notices are incorporated into the current map revision and have been archived. - Greg Farnham

Aug. 26, 13

M30
Map Revision: A new map was released on 08/26/2013 with minor updates to information on the front and back. There were no trail changes.  Previous trail conditions notices are incorporated into the current map revision and have been archived. - Greg Farnham