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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. 24, 18

M15

Notice to Hikers

During the recent heavy rains in Schuyler County the FLT foot bridge over Tug Hollow Creek just west of Logan Road was destroyed.  The creek may be crossed in shallow water on rocks 25 yards or so downstream of the bridge site near the wreckage.  Crossing from west to east make your way downstream on the bank and choose a crossing spot.  Then look upstream and across the creek bed for the trail blaze at the foot of the bank.  Crossing east to west walk a little downstream to a crossing point and then pick up the trail back upstream where you can see the blaze on the bank.  Note that after any significant rain this crossing may very difficult or not be possible.  The bridge will be replaced but no timeline is currently available. - David Priester

Aug. 24, 18

M27

Parking shown near the corner of Houck Dr. and Butts Rd. has been removed due to development in the area.  Please do NOT try to park here, and please, never park on private property.  The symbol will be removed from the map in the next revision. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 24, 18

M26

Parking shown near the corner of Houck Dr. and Butts Rd. has been removed due to development in the area.  Please do NOT try to park here, and please, never park on private property.  The symbol will be removed from the map in the next revision. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 9, 18

CT6

Access 5 mile 9.6. 

Bear activity has been heard at the Becker Pond on the blue blazed trail.  Hikers should be vigilant.   - Jeanne Moog

Aug. 6, 18

M18

NOTICE TO HIKERS

The earlier notice closing the Kimmie Lean-to east of Robinson Hollow Road on map M-18 has been deleted.  The new Kimmie Lean-to was completed and open for use as of 4:00pm 8/5/18.  The new structure was built in two days by a skilled and energetic FLTC Alley Cat crew.  The new lean-to is reached by a blue blazed spur trail which leaves the FLT just after a brook crossing to the right where the FLT turns left along the brook bank.  The blue blazed spur heads slightly away from the brook a hundred yards then turns sharply left following an old logging road.  The new lean-to is another 100 yards up the hill on the right.  Map M-18 will be updated subsequently. - David Priester

Aug. 1, 18

B3

AP 18, Mitchellsville Rd (CR 13), the northern of the two locations where the trail crosses CR 13 -- SHORT REROUTE AND NEW ROAD CROSSING:  Heading south, the trail used to turn right for 150' and cross CR 13.  A reroute now has the southbound trail turn left and head southerly along CR 13 for 600', cross to a culvert, and then enter a logging road for approx. 0.5 miles of steady uphill.  Near the top the trail leaves the logging road, left, and continues through the woods for about 300' to intersect the former trail and turn left to Lake David. 

White paint lettering on the highway indicates that Steuben County will be installing Finger Lakes Trail signs.  Very good shoulder parking, west side of road, both where the trail emerges from the east, and 600' south where the trail re-enters on the west.  The new trail route is on a permantn easement generously granted to the FLTC by the landowners. - Dave Newman, Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Aug. 1, 18

M10
Map Revision: A new map was published today to reflect changes made on M9 that also show on M10. - FLTC Mapping

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

Aug. 1, 18

M9
Map Revision: A new map was published today to reflect a reroute near Kanakadea County park that eliminates 2 hunting closures. The PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date was changed to 7/31/2018. - 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

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

CT8
Map Revision: A map update was published today to reflect a reroute at mile 3.1 and to show the new Lean-To at mile 6.9. The overall trail length did not change. - 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. 20, 18

M16

NOTICE TO HIKERS  M-16 ROUTE CHANGE

The Finger Lakes Trail main route through Treman Park has changed.  As of today the Finger Lakes Trail crosses Woodward Road, down the grassy former public road, continues straight past the CCC marker, crosses the new bridge over Fishkill Creek, bears a little to the right, turns left on Thomas Road for about 100 yards then turns left into the woods.  The white blazes lead to the Treman Park Rim trail at a deep gully.  Turn right, cross the bridge over the gully, turn right into the woods and almost immediately turn left up hill regaining the long established FLT route.  Thank you to the Treman Park management and staff for building the new foot bridge!

The spur trail to the Old Mill and Upper Treman parking lot which has been the FLT main route leaves the FLT left (Heading downstream) at the CCC marker on an orange blazed trail. - David Priester

Jul. 14, 18

M25
Map Revision: This map update includes the addition of the Basswood Lean-to and a short re-route eliminating 0.3 miles of trail.  The Rev Date was changed to 6/12/18. The PDF and GPS files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 14, 18

M19
Map Revision: Register 1 was moved 0.3 miles closer to Daisy Hollow Rd.  The Rev Date (7/29/17) was not changed. The PDF and GPS files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 14, 18

M18
Map Revision: A 0.63 mile reroute in the section between miles 2.7 and 3.8.  The Rev Date was changed to 6/7/18. The PDF and GPS files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

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

M8
Map Revision: This change moves a parking symbol at mile 3.7 around the corner, moving the parking off a busy road.  The Rev Date (4/16) was not changed. The PDF and GPS files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 11, 18

General

We are now on the new website. Please report any problems noticed or questions to [email protected]. - Roger FLTC

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

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

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

Jun. 6, 18

M18

Notice of New Trail Route: Effective immediately the Finger Lakes Trail main route in the vicinity of White Church Road has changed.  Beginning where the trail turns east off the RR grade the trail now dips down slightly as previously then turns sharply left then right, follows a grassey woods road for a short distance, turns left into some open woods and then emerges in the first of four fields.  The path is marked by a mowed corridor and blaze posts across the first field then across white Church Road 100 yards north of the old crossing.  From the road the new trail crosses three more fields and the tree lines separating them and then on to another old farm road, across a small bridge and a curving puncheon section.  At the end of the puncheon the route turns sharply left on a side hill, switches back right, and meets the previous Finger Lakes Trail route at a left turn on to a recently used logging road.  This new trail section was constructed by the Cayuga Trails Club as the National Trails Day project.  There is still work to be done here and there but the route is well blazed and easily hikable! - David Priester

May. 11, 18

M6

NYS DEC will begin a logging operation in Swift Hill State Forest that starting on May 14, 2018 that will require the section of trail to be closed for the duration of this project. Please use the blue blazed road walk: from the west turn right on Hancock Rd. travel approximately 1/4 mile and turn left on Ballard Rd. Follow Ballard Rd. to Higgens Creek Rd. turning left and then right on Stickles Rd. to AP2. The project is estimated to take up to three months.  - FLTC Mapping

May. 10, 18

M17

Notice of Logging Operations

The DEC has advised us that there will be a timber harvest under way from today, Thursday May 10, 2018, until further notice.  The area affected by these operations is near the FLT main trail beginning at Curtis Road extending to the east.  The timber harvest has been designed by the DEC foresters so as not to directly impact the trail in this area.  This notice is just a caution, particularly if you are planning to park on Curtis Road, to be aware that there will be trucks and heavy machinery in the area.  The trail is NOT closed but please be aware that logging is in progress near by.  This notice will be taken down when we have been notified that the operations are complete. - David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/FLTC RTC

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)

Apr. 30, 18

M14

M14 Ebenezer's Crossing, by Templar Rd., and Julie's Crossing, Townsend Creek (W of Watkins Glen SP NE boundary);  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.  Heading west:  Check water conditions at Ebenezer's Crossing 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. 21, 18

M13

M13 Birdseye Hollow Day Park/State Forest, W side of Birdseye Hollow Rd. (CR 96). Heading east:  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 (Lynda Rummel)

Apr. 15, 18

M18
Map Revision: Map updated to remove the previous hunting closure from White Church Road east to the state forest boundary.  As the FLTC now owns this property, soon to be sold to the DEC, the closure is permanently removed. - F

Apr. 15, 18

M12
Hunting notice: Map updated to show new hunting closure (posted here on 3/15/18) and bypass route. Rev Date changed to 4/1/18. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 15, 18

B3
Map Revision: Updated to show new parking spot for 2-3 cars at Access 12. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 15, 18

B2
Map Revision: Updated to show new parking spot for 2-3 cars at Access 12. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 25, 18

M16

M16 Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area  Pink Flamingo Alert!  The Pink Flamingo is on the move again, this time into the Connecticut WMA, on the Finger Lakes Trail.  Location appears to be near Connecticut Hill Road.  Research by the Ithaca College Biology Dept. into the response of animals to a unique and unusual addition to the forest continues.  Please do not disturb; just enjoy, should you happen upon it.  - 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. 12, 17

B1

Map B1  Logging Activity Notice FYI.  A small logging operation is scheduled to take place on private land to the west of the Beaver Pond Lean-to, south of Ontario County Park and north of CR 33.  The operation is expected to take only a few weeks and should have little impact on the trail to the lean-to. - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Dec. 11, 17

B2
Hunting notice: Map B2 from Brink Hill Rd, Access 7, to Italy Valley Rd. (CR 18) Access 8, is closed to hiking for big game gun season.  The work-around is a lengthy road walk; so we recommend you drive.   To continue heading east, at Access 7 turn right on Brink Hill Rd, then left on Bassett, then left on Italy Valley Rd. (CR18) to Access 8.  Where the trail crosses the road, turn right to begin ascent into Italy Hill State Forest.  - Donna Noteware (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. 23, 17

M11
Map Revision: M11 has been updated to reflect a reroute on Gay Gulf Road. At mile 5.0 the trail now follows Gay Gulf Road for 0.4 miles before leaving the road on the right and ascending through woods to an open field, then following the edge of the field to Robinson Road. The new Rev Date is 11/10/2017. - FLTC Mapping

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 update. 

  - 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.  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

M24

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. 28, 17

M23
Map Revision: M23 was revised to correct a section of trail, add a new spur trail to the Pharsalia Woods Lean-To, and to adjust other waypoint locations and labels. The Rev Date is now 9/30/2017. Both PDF and GPX files were updated. - FLTC Mapping

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

CT7
Map Revision: CT07 was updated to reflect the hunting closures reported in the Trail Conditions notice of May 15, 2107. Bypass routes for these closures are shown. In addition, there are a number of changes to the back of the map to clarify the directions. The GPS and PDF files were both updated. The Rev Date is now 9/18/2017. - 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. 23, 17

M19
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

2017-2018 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURE on FLT Map M19

Please note the following hunting season trail closure along the Finger Lakes Trail for map M19.

Map M19 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 M19, Between Mile 1.4 (Lake Rd.) and Mile 5.0 (Daisy Hollow Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 25, AND May 1 – May 31
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 3.8 to mile 4.4. The hunting closure by-pass is from the Jim Shugg Trail/Purvis Road intersection to the northern trailhead on Daisy Hollow Road, as shown on the map.
- P. Warrender, RTC Watkins East
Sep. 23, 17

M18
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

2017-2018 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURES for FLT Map M18

Please note the following hunting season trail closures 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 M17, Mile 16.5 (Durfee Hill Rd. @ NYS Rt.96B) to Map M18, Mile 1.3 (Coddington Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 25
  • Description: 7.3 Mile bypass is via Durfee HillRd., Hornbrook Rd., Marsh Rd., Deputron Hollow Rd., and Coddington Rd., as shown

Where: Map M18, Mile 9.4 (Old 76 Rd.) to Mile 11.3 (Level Green Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 22
  • Description: The 3.3 mile bypass is via Old 76 Rd., Yaple Rd. and Level Green Rd., as shown.

Where: Map M18, Mile 12.6 (Blackman Hill Rd.) to Map M18, Mile 14.9 (NYS Rt.79)

  • When: October 1 to December 20, and May 1 to May 31
  • Description: The 3.9 mile blue-blazed bypass on Blackman Hill Rd., Level Green Rd., and NYS Rt. 79.
- P. Warrender, RTC Watkins East
Sep. 23, 17

M15
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

2017-2018 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURES for FLT Map M15

Please note the following hunting season trail closures 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, Mile 5.9 (Access 4, Willow St.) to Mile 7.7 (Satterly Hill Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 25, AND May 1 – May 31
  • Description: Just before the twin tunnels the trail goes left on a farm road (shoulder parking), and then left on old RR bed. Note: Trail on private land closed by landowner for hunting between the Twin Tunnels and the Finger Lakes National Forest boundary to the north. By-pass using Satterly Hill Road, as shown.

Where: Map M15, Mile 12.9 (Access 9, South Hill Rd.) to Mile 14.0 (Texas Hollow Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 25
  • Description: Bypass using NY 79 and Texas Hollow Rd, as shown.
- P. Warrender, RTC Watkins East
Sep. 23, 17

M17
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

2017-2018 HUNTING SEASON TRAIL CLOSURES for FLT Map M17

Please note the following hunting season trail closures 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, Buttermilk Falls Spur Trail

  • When: October 1 to December 22
  • Description: This spur trail is closed Oct. 1 – Dec. 22 for hunting from the eastern boundary of the Thayer Preserve to W. King Rd. The 0.9 mile bypass is via Town Line Rd. (go north), Sandbank Rd., and W. King Rd.

Where: Map M17, Mile 3.2 (Town Line Rd. @ Layen Rd.) to Mile 4.7 (Bruce Hill Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 25
  • Description: The 3.7 mile bypass is via Layen Rd., Jersey Hill Rd., Gunderman Rd. and Comfort Rd., as shown.

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

  • When: October 1 to December 25 AND May 1 to May 31
  • Description: (October 1 to December 25) Follow 7 mile bypass is via Layen Rd., Jersey Hill Rd., Gunderman Rd. and Comfort Rd., as shown.
  • Description: (May 1 to May 31) Follow 2.5 mile bypass is via Bruce Hill Rd., Gunderman Rd. and Comfort Rd., as shown.

Where: Map M17, Mile 16.5 (Durfee Hill Rd. @ NYS Rt.96B) to Map M18, Mile 1.3 (Coddington Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 25
  • Description: 7.3 Mile bypass is via Durfee HillRd., Hornbrook Rd., Marsh Rd., Deputron Hollow Rd., and Coddington Rd., as shown.
- P. Warrender, RTC Watkins East
Sep. 22, 17

O1

Map 01  Spruce Pond to the hang glider overlook.  Section closed; new route opened.  Per request of the landowner, due to misuse, the section on private land that ascends to the top has been closed; however, a new reroute has been approved, cleared, blazed, posted with directional signage, and is already in use.  The closed section has been blocked and multiple warning advisories posted by the landowner and the section sponsor.  An updated map has been completed and issued.  Please obey the signage and use only the new route. - Tony Rodriguez (Lynda Rummel)

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. 18, 17

M26
Hunting notice: At mile 7.7 the trail is closed from NY206 to Neff Road for hunting from October 1 to December 22; use NY206 and Butts Rd to bypass, as shown on the map. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 17, 17

CT8
Map Revision: CT08 has been updated with an improved hunting bypass route. The GPS and PDF files were updated. The Rev Date has not changed. - FLTC Mapping

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. 17, 17

O1
Map Revision: The trail was rerouted just beyond the hang glider jump off spot at mile 16.0. The Rev Date was changed to 9/30/17. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 17, 17

M9
Map Revision: A minor editorial change was made on the back of the map. The revision date was not changed. - 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. 29, 17

CT7

Access 8, 14.5 mi.  The metal bridge over Red Brook is not usable, be prepared for a water crossing. - Jeanne Moog

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. 18, 17

General

Please DO NOT stray from the trail, do not build campfires or cooking/cook-out fires along the trail, and keep your dog on-leash, when the trail is on private land.  Please keep in mind the fact that many sections of the trail on private lands are not protected permanently by easement.  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.  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.

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 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 try to hike where your presence will not disturb hunters or deer, and if you do venture out, always, always, always wear a lot of blaze orange.

What Does 'Hunting Closure' Mean?  It means no hiking or hunting by the public on that section of trail during that closure period.  Always check 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.  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

Aug. 17, 17

M25
Map Revision: Map M25 was updated to show two small reroutes that avoid chronically wet areas.  The trail mileage did not change.  Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/8/17.

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

Aug. 17, 17

M10
Map Revision: M10 was updated to show a new hunting closure. The closure will be from Lower Glen Rd to Burt Hill Rd from Sept. 1 to Dec 20. The 5.4 mile bypass is followed (from W to E) by walking left on Lower Glen Rd, right on Lain Rd, left on Turnpike Rd, right on Cunningham Creek Rd, left on Windfall Rd, right on Burt Hill Rd, and left onto the trail at the trailhead. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/15/17.

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

Aug. 17, 17

M9
Map Revision: Map M09 was updated to reflect a major re-route between Access 7 and Access 9.  The new route eliminates miles of road walk and hunting closures. The re-route reconnects the main FLT to the Kanakadea Park and Lean-to. Much of the new route is protected by easements. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/15/17.

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. 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

M3/CT3
Map Revision: Map M3/CT3 was updated to reflect a 2-mile reroute between Stone Chimney Rd and Little Rock City Rd. In addition, this update incorporates 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 8/2/17.

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

Aug. 11, 17

M10
Hunting notice: M-10 will now be closed from Sep 1 to Dec 20 for hunting from Lower Glen Rd to Burt Hill Rd.  The 5.4 mile bypass is followed (from W to E) by walking left on Lower Glen Rd, right on Lain Rd, left on Turnpike Rd, right on Cunningham Creek Rd, left on Windfall Rd, right on Burt Hill Rd, and left onto the trail at the trailhead. - Peter Wybron

Aug. 9, 17

M25

Heading east on FLT Map M25, as you approach NY Rte 12 at milepost 4.8, you will encounter an active gravel pit which has encroached onto the trail.  Watch carefully for temporary trail blazes which take you along the edge of the pit, a small opening has been left between piles of dirt where the trail drops down to cross NY Rte 12.
- Larry Blumberg

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. 25, 17

M27

This note is consistent with the revision notice posted last month (below) and provides supporting information for those who have not obtained the new map.

A recent reroute changed where the main trail crosses Beales Pond Rd.  It now crosses Beales Pond Rd. about one-half mile east of the old parking area, (towards Rt. 8). Summer parking is available at the snow plow turnaround next to the new crossing.

The trail from the old parking area has been blazed in BLUE and is a branch trail that meets the main trail about .2 miles in. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 24, 17

M17
Map Revision: M17 was updated on 07/29/2017 to reflect the trail notice changes posted on 06/29/2017. The map revision date was changed to 07/29/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 9, 17

M16

Attention Hikers on the Bob Cameron Loop Trail (trailhead begins at mile 9.0 on map M16)

The Bob Cameron Loop Trail, a popular 2.6 mile orange-blazed FLT loop trail has a short flagged detour as a result of a very deep washed out stream bed crossing located near the southeast portion of the loop.

On either end of the short closed portion of trail brush has been piled up to divert hikers onto a roughly flagged detour taking hikers upstream a short way.  Please follow this flagged route.

The Cayuga Trails Club is in the process of working with the DEC in preparation for the formal clearing and construction of the new route, however at this time it is easy enough to follow until the trail treadway is constructed.

Please use the bypass as it is a safer and easier way to cross the stream.

  - Paul Warrender

Jul. 9, 17

M16

A new minor reroute of an existing trail is now open on map M16 (description W>E):

  • Mile 15.8: the white-blazed FLT formerly went left past a stone yard.  The footpath now continues straightsouth for approx. 75 yards
  • Shortly, the new trail route swings eastward and eventually reaches Hines Road.
  • Turn left (north) onto Hines Road for approximately 75 yards and continue onto existing white-blazed FLT on the right towards the east.
- Paul Warrender
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)

Jul. 5, 17

CT8
Map Revision: This map has been updated to reflect two reroutes due to loss of landowner permission and to incorporate the hunting closures listed in the May 15, 2017, Trail Conditions notice. Both the PDF and the GPX files have been updated.

The new Rev. Date is June 19, 2017. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 29, 17

M17

A new section of trail is now open eliminating part of a road walk on map M17, beginning at approximately mile 17.2 (on Heisey Road).  

The FLT main trail now turns right (south) off of Heisey Road at mile 17.2 (watch for yellow FLT sign on right) beginning a 0.7 mile arc through open forest, crossing Heisey Road farther east, and continuing through another stretch of woods and an open area once used as a landing for past logging activity.  The white-blazed trail then continues toward Coddington Road on the existing trail-bed.

Along this new stretch of trail there is evidence of long-past farming activities, stone walls, field furrows, and stone building foundations.  The trail is partly in Danby State Forest and partly on property recently aquired by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

  - Paul Warrender - RTC Watkins Glen East

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

Jun. 7, 17

M27
Map Revision:

This map has been updated to reflect a 2-mile reroute in Beales Pond State Forest. A section of the old trail is now a blue-blazed spur to seasonal parking. A bivouac in the area is now indicated on the map. Both the PDF and GPS files were updated. The new Rev Date is 5/30/17.

  - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 4, 17

M18

ATTENTION: M18 Trail Section Re-routed and now off-road!

New trail route on map M18 (directions are W>E):

  • Mile 9.5, cross Old Seventy-Six Road onto abandoned section of McGrath Road at gate.
  • Mile 10.0, leave old road, continue straight east and cross stream before entering Potato Hill State Forest.
  • Mile 11.4, Level Green Road (shoulder parking); cross road slightly diagonally right and back into woods.

HIKERS NOTE: There is NO CAMPING OR CAMP FIRES ALLOWED between Old 76 Road and Potato Hill State Forest.  Please obey the NO CAMPING signs posted along the trail in this area.

Please note that a hunting closure will exist on this trail section from October 1 to December 22.  The former road walk (Old 76 Rd., Yaple Rd., Level Green Rd.) will remain as the hunting closure reroute.

We thank the very generous private property owners for the opportunity to open this section of trail. - Paul Warrender

Jun. 2, 17

M3/CT3

Due to logging activity on and near the trail, M3/CT3 will be closed from Access 8 (Poverty Hill Rd.) to Access 9 US 219 until further notice.  The preferred bypass is to use the hunting bypass described on the back of the map: Use Lindberg Rd., US 219, and Cotter Rd. to bypass. - Marty Howden

May. 24, 17

M9
Map Revision: This map has been updated to add a new lean-to in Bully Hill SF. It is located at the old bivouac area on map M9 at mile 7.3 and was built by the NYS Assoc. of Transportation Engineers, Region 6. There is an existing outhouse on site with a reliable running stream next to the lean-to. Both the PDF and GPX files were changed and the Rev Date was changed to 5/23/2017. - FLTC Mapping

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. 15, 17

CT8
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 Getman to Warner (Warner to Mammot on road to trail entrance on Mammot)
Spring & Fall Mammot to Broadway (Rt. 20)
  Broadway (Rt. 20) to Sumner- Darien Lake State Park (Hunting allowed in the State Park)
  Sumner to Reynolds  (road walk)
Spring & Fall Reynolds to Etzold
  Etzold to Genesee  (Rt.33) (road walk)
Spring & Fall Genesee Rd. (Rt. 33) to Cohecton Rd.

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

CT7
Hunting notice: The following sections are closed during both the spring (May 1 - 31) and the fall hunting seasons (Oct 1 - Dec 22)

Route 78 to 20A
20A to Bear Rd.
Folsomdale to Rt. 354 (Clinton St.)
Rt. 354 (Clinton St.) to Getman

  - 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

CT4
Hunting notice: The following sections are closed during both the spring (May 1 - 31) and the fall hunting seasons (Oct 1 - Dec 22)

240 ( FLT Jct) to Kruse Hill Road
Blue Spur (Mahler Bench & Sign & Passport post)
Canada Hill Rd @ RR. to Roszyk Hill Rd.
Roszyk Hill Rd. to Felton Rd.
Felton Rd. to Riceville Rd. (Gooseneck) Also Woodchuck hunting July 4th to Labor day!

  - 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
  Maples Ellicottville to Poverty Hill
Fall Poverty Hill to 219
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

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. 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

Apr. 22, 17

M21
Map Revision: Map M21 was updated today to reflect changes from last September on the east end of M20. M21 was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 15, 17

M6
Map Revision: A new M6 map was published today reflecting a reroute on M7. The M6 section of the trail has not changed, but from "east" end of M6 at River Rd, Main Trail hikers will now continue straight north on the FLT/Genesee Valley Greenway, rather than following River Rd northward. River Rd is now blazed yellow, since that becomes a new south end of the Letchworth Trail.

Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date was changed to 3/5/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 15, 17

M7
Map Revision: A new M7 map was published today reflecting a reroute at the west end of the map. M7 immediately south of Whiskey Bridge is now a few feet to the west of River Rd, but still east of NY 19A, following the Genesee Valley Greenway up to the bridge on a much easier approach than before.

Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date was changed to 3/5/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 15, 17

L2
Map Revision: A new L2 map was published today reflecting the extension of L2 southward 0.4 miles to River Rd near its junction with NY 19A. This extension makes it easier for a Main Trail hiker coming from the west to enter the Letchworth Trail. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date was changed to 3/5/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 15, 17

L1

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

The map rev date (12/15) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

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

Nov. 21, 16

M6

Map M6 was updated today to show revised text at mile 0.0.  Neither the trail, nor the GPS file, nor the Revision Date was changed. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 17, 16

B1

A new map was published today to reflect the map B2 hunting closure that now shows in the SE corner of this map.  The Rev Date was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 13, 16

Passport West

The Passport trail marker and rubbing station for hike number W12 (Niagara River Walk) no longer exists due to vandalism. You can still do the hike and pencil in "W12" in your Passport when you arrive at the gazebo. - R. Hopkins

Oct. 31, 16

B2
Hunting notice: A new B2 map was published today reflecting the addition of a hunting closure at mile 2.1.  Both the PDf and GPX files were updated.  The Rev Date was changed to 10/31/2016. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 19, 16

M6
Map Revision: The map was updated today to reflect a new hunting closure from A4 to A5, now closed from October 1 to December 22 to honor a landowner’s wishes during deer hunting season. Hiking West to East from Pond Road, continue north on Pond for 0.7 miles to Armison Road. Continue straight on Armison for 1.5 miles to Camp Road. Continue straight on Camp Road for 0.3 miles to Access 5 to rejoin the trail. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The new map Rev Date is 10/19/16. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 3, 16

M9

TRAIL REROUTE   Location:  Leaving Bully Hill SF heading east toward Bishopville Rd.

As a result of a landowner-granted easement, a reroute of the main FLT to head generally north on private property adjacent to the eastern border of Bully Hill State Forest and then northeast and east to intersect the current trail is completed.  A new blue-blazed side trail has been completed and provides a permanent easement route from the main trail to Bishopville Rd., about 100 yds. south of Hopkins Rd. 

  - RTC Peter Wybron

Oct. 1, 16

M16
Map Revision: The map has been updated to reflect a new white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail between mile 14.7 (intersection of the FLT and the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail spur) eastward to Hines Rd.

Both the PDF and the GPX files have been updated. The map revision date has been updated to 10/1/16. - 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. 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. 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. 20, 16

M14
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today with minor edits to the front of the map.

The trail did not change. The map rev date (8/13) was not changed. - 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. 28, 16

CT8

A free permit is required from Darien Lakes State Park to stay overnight at the shelter at access 3. Call in advance at (585) 547-9481. - Dave Potzler

Aug. 15, 16

I1

Interloken Trail, Finger Lakes National Forest -- The FLTC Office received the following notice today: 

"HECTOR, NY.  (August 15, 2016)  Officials from the US Forest Service are overseeing the reconstruction of several sections of the Backbone and Interloken Trails along with a water control structure at Foster Pond....  The work on Backbone Trail and Foster Pond is being done to improve degraded drainage structures in the ecologically important Sawmill Creek Watershed and will have benefits to trail and day recreation users.  Interloken Trail work will improve trail tread along high uses areas of the trail.  Work is beginning today and may run through the month of September.  

"The Backbone and Interloken Trails will remain open during reconstruction activities.  Trail users are urged to use caution when hiking or riding near equipment and to wait for equipment operators to signal them through.  Portions of the Foster Pond dike are anticipated to be closed for short periods.  Alternate routes exist around the pond dike itself.  For more information, the public is encouraged to contact the Hector Ranger District:  607-546-4470."

  - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 10, 16

M8
Map Revision: A new version was published today. The Rev Date was changed to 08/16.  At mile 12.3, the main trail is now what was formerly the blue blazed high water bypass.  The former"gully route" is no longer blazed. - FLTC Mapping

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. 16, 16

M13

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 on 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

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

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

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

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

May. 28, 16

M26
Map Revision: 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 (2/14) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

May. 28, 16

B1
Map Revision: This map was updated today to reflect a reroute on the beginning of B2 and elimination of B2 hunting bypasses, that show on this map. Spelling corrections and sponsor changes were incorporated. The map Rev Date was changed to 05/16. - FLTC Mapping

May. 17, 16

M4
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today reflecting a reroute that eliminates the Rogers Road road walk at approximately map mile 9.2.  This change also eliminates access point A3 and shortens the trail on this map by 0.6 miles.  The map rev date is now 05/16. - FLTC Mapping

May. 6, 16

M23
Map Revision: A new revision dated 05/16 of M23 was published today.  This update includes a recent trail reroute beginning at mile 5.3. - FLTC Mapping

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

Mar. 1, 16

CT9

CT-9 Bridge out in Akron Falls Park

The Conservation Trail between Parkview Drive and Brooklyn St. in the village of Akron is temporarily closed because the bridge is being replaced. Westbound, exit the trail at Parkview Dr.,turn North to Main St.,West on Main to Buell St., South to Jackson St. for .7 mile. Eastbound trekkers,simply reverse above directions. - Dave Potzler

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. 21, 15

L1

An update to map L1 was published today, incorporating a short re-route in the trail at approximately mile 3.2, which added 0.1 miles to the trail.  The map rev date was changed to 12/15. - Irene Szabo

Dec. 4, 15

M16
Map Revision: The map has been updated to reflect the following changes:

  • At mile 14.4 the FLTC Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve blue-blazed connector trail leads to the new Locust Lean-to, then beyond to re-connect with the FLT on the yellow-blazed Forest Preserve Loop Trail.
  • From mile 14.7 to Hines Road, the white-blazed trail is no longer and is closed. A reroute between these points will be constructed in spring 2016.  Currently, the FLT uses the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve trail system out to the Rockwell Rd. parking lot. (The Forest Preserve was a gift to the FLTC from the Robert & Beatie Bock family.) From the Rockwell Rd parking lot, the trail (unblazed) follows Rockwell Rd east, then Hines Rd. south to rejoin the Finger Lakes Trail.
  • In Robert H Treman State Park, the main FLT is now fully rerouted onto the formerly blue-blazed high-water bypass route.

New M16 revision date: 11/15. - FLTC Mapping

Dec. 4, 15

I1
Map Revision: The southern terminus of the Interloken Trail is now on Burnt Hill Road about a half mile north of its intersection with Wyckoff Rd., shortening the length of the Interloken Trail by 0.8 miles.

New map revision date: 11/15. - FLTC Mapping

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. 28, 15

M27

A description was changed on the back of M27 to clarify the view at 3.4 miles, saying:

Bench and view across field to west (2000’). Located in hedgerow next to the field, about 200 yards south from the northeast corner of the field.

  - Don Sutherland

Oct. 26, 15

B1

A new map with Rev Date 9/2015 was published today reflecting the addition of the Grimes Glen Loop trail in Naples. - Donna Noteware

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

Aug. 5, 15

M10

8/14/15 UPDATE: The trail has been rerouted around the collapsing barn and can now be safely navigated. Do not venture off the trail near the barn or its debris. Just east of Access 3 off Beltz Road, there is a bridge and several culverts that have been severely eroded by spring/summer storms. Additionally, the old barn near milepoint 3.2 that has been standing for many years is now 2/3 collapsed, laying across the trail with tin and nails exposed, and with some tin and large beams still standing and ready to collapse. There are also several trees down near the barn that make it very difficult to get around. It is advisable to avoid this section of trail until the barn can be removed or the trail rerouted around it. If you are still planning to hike this section, please exercise extreme caution in hiking around the bridge and barn on this section of trail.  - Steve Catherman/Frank Jones

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

Jul. 7, 15

M17
Flooding Do not try to ford the Cayuga Inlet 0.2 miles east of NY Routes 13/34/96 south of Ithaca. The devastating flood on the night of June 14 has widened and deepened the inlet. If you decide to cross the inlet on the railroad bridge, understand that it is illegal trespassing and be alert for trains as the railroad is used regularly.  - Steve Catherman/Tom Reimers

Jun. 22, 15

M16

Attention Hikers!

The timber bridge at mile 1.75 on map M16 (eastern-most of the two large timber trail bridges on the FLT in Cayuta Gulf) has been totally washed away by recent severe weather activity.

However, and due to the severe weather, the creek bed has been raised at that location by 5 to 6 feet or more by several hundred cubic yards of gravel that washed down the east branch of Cayuta Creek and piled up making for a convenient and very shallow crossing of the creek at the former bridge location.

Nevertheless, please be careful while crossing this creekbed as there could be unseen hazards just beneath the piles of gravel and stone.  Futhermore, more or additional severe weather around that location may make crossing the creek hazardous and difficult.  Should that happen, use the orange-blazed Van Lone Loop Trail that connects with the FLT at mile 0.2 and mile 3.3 to detour around any hazardous condition.

Please be aware that some white-blazing on either side of this creek crossing is also missing as some trees have also washed away from the area, however the trail tread itself is clear of debris and readily apparent.

This notice will be updated as conditions warrant. - Steve Catherman/Paul Warrender

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

May. 8, 15

Passport Central

Hike #2 Letchworth Falls - May 8, 2015

Letchworth State Park has closed off the south end of our trail within park property because preparations for the upcoming new railroad bridge have destabilized the hill above the trail.  So the rubbing post for hike 2 in Letchworth State Park in the Central booklet is beyond the closure point.  We can still walk to the viewpoint opposite the Middle Falls, but that's all, so only half of that hike can be done for the next couple of years. - Roger FLTC

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

Mar. 30, 15

L2

An update to this map was published today to reflect that the Letchworth State Park has closed the trail from Access Point K through Access Point L at the south end of the park due to potentially dangerous conditions from work that has begun for replacing the railroad bridge.  Please obey barricades and signage at both ends of this closure.

The map rev date was updated to 4/15.

  - FLTC Mapping

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

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

O1

An update to this map was published today to add a label identifying Onondaga County Forest on the map front.

The map rev date (9/13) was not changed. - Jo Taylor

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

Jan. 7, 15

M9
At Access 1 on Slader Creek Road heading west to east, the trail is open but the landowner requests that the gates to his pastures be left as you found them, either open or closed. - Steve Catherman
Nov. 23, 14

B1
Hunting notice: An update to this map was published today reflecting incorporation of an additional hunting closure.

The new map rev date is 11/14. - Greg Farnham

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. 23, 14

L2

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

The map rev date (5/13) 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. 7, 14

M26

On Map M26, just west of Bainbridge, the trail has been rerouted out of a small meadow and into the adjacent woods between milepoint 5.2 and 5.4. - Steve Catherman and Larry Blumberg

Oct. 4, 14

B1
Map Revision: A new map was published on 10/4/2014 to reflect a permanent reroute between Access 4 at Seman Road and Mt. Pleasant St. in Naples. From Access 4 traveling south, follow the old trail for approximately 3 miles to a stone bench, turn left and follow new orange blazes along the southwest side of a ravine, steeply at times, for about 1/2 mile to the Old Lehigh Valley abandoned rail bed. Turn right on the rail bed for a short distance to Mt. Pleasant St. Turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Street toward the Village of Naples to rejoin the old trail at the intersection of SR 21 and SR 245. - Greg Farnham

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

Jul. 9, 14

B3

The Fiona Loop Trail on Map B3 between AP 14 on CR 74 near Bud Valley Campground and AP 15 on CR 77, Elmboise Rd, is now CLOSED due to loss of landowner permission. The Bristol Hills Trail between these two access points is still OPEN.

A new map reflecting this loss was published on March 18, 2015 with a revision date of 03/15. - Steve Catherman

Mar. 30, 14

M1/CT1

UPDATED Notice 10/2/14: On Map M01, Wolf Run Road that leads to Access 2 is closed again. The gate about 100 yards beyond the end of the pavement is closed and locked. There appears to be a lot of water damage along the road, so it may be washed out above the closure. Steve Catherman and Marty Howden

OLD Notice 3/30/14: Map M01 was updated to reflect DEC re-opening of Wolf Run Rd with text changes at mile 4.2, and relocation of the Parking symbol on the front of the map. The trail did not change. - Greg Farnham

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

Jan. 7, 14

M4

On Map M4, the section of trail from Access 4 at SR 16 to Access 5 at Kingsbury Hill Road is now open and off road. Traveling west to east, from Bear Creek Road, turn right on to SR 16 and travel south past a small cemetery. Just past the cemetery, take a left onto a gravel driveway heading east. Hike approximately 1/4 mile uphill, around a gate and through a field. Follow the blazes turning left to the north and after a short while, meet the old trail and continue easterly to Kingsbury Hill Rd.  - Steve Catherman/Marty Howden

Nov. 15, 13

B2
Hunting notice: Be aware that the trail is closed to hiking as well as hunting Nov 15 - Dec 22 and weekends Apr 15 - May 31, between Ford Rd. and Tuttle Rd. near Pizura.  This closure is shown on map B 2. Use Ford, Sturdevant, and Tuttle Roads to bypass, as shown on map B 2. - Lynda Rummel

Oct. 2, 13

B3

Near the parking area at AP 15 on B3, the road has been paved and there is now a parking area near the trail large enough for 5 or 6 cars. - Tom & Donna Noteware

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

Sep. 4, 13

O1
Hunting notice: A new map was released on 09/04/2013 to reflect completion of the Fellows Hill Loop Extension, which relocates the part of this Loop formerly on Herlihy Road off road to the west of Herlihy Rd.  The new Fellows Hill Loop is now a 3.5 mile walk entirely off road.   Previous trail conditions notices that are incorporated into the current map revision 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

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

Jul. 14, 13

B3

Please stay OFF the blue spur SW of the bog observation deck at the South end of Bristol Hills Branch Trail, northern Steuben County, Map B3, Huckleberry Bog Nature Trail loop until a serious bee problem is remedied!

There is a .1 mile spur, the "blue spur to nowhere," southwest of the bog, that must NOT be used any more this summer.  I will get back there soon with materials for a sign, but all I had today was paper, and we know how long that would last.

I was doing maintenance on the orange part of the loop, and started down the blue spur.  not far in, I started to hear a background hum that reminded me of motor boats, so I joked inside my head that I was hearing boats on the bog, ha.  Then my brain clicked to the "on" position, and I realized I was hearing an immense sound of BEES.  Looked up for maybe two seconds, since the sound seemed to be above me, but then my dog Pearl acted liked something was wrong, then got stung in the face.  I got nailed in the calf, so, yes, I actually RAN out of there. 

I still don't know what kind of bee problem this is, but they are obviously aggressive, since I hadn't done anything yet other than flick sticks off the trail.  Ground bees aren't loud and attack in a mob, so they may not be the case here, but in a way I hope they are, since they are gone in one season.  Honey bees who inhabit a hole high in a tree usually aren't aggressive and stay for years: I used to have a nest above the trail further south on B3, but they never bothered me and, yes, I could hear their hum in the air.

So until the problem is solved, please stay OFF the blue spur SW of the bog observation deck at the South end of Bristol Hills Branch Trail, northern Steuben County, Map B3, Huckleberry Bog Nature Trail loop. - Irene Szabo

Jan. 6, 13

CH3

A new lean-to (with fireplace and open air pit toilet) has been constructed in nearby McCarthy Hill State Forest. It can be accessed at mileage 19.5 on map CH2 by taking a blue-blazed trail west for 0.2 mile. - Pat Monahan

Dec. 6, 12

CH2

A new lean-to (with fireplace and open air pit toilet) has been constructed in McCarthy Hill State Forest. It can be accessed at mileage 19.5 on map CH2 by taking a blue-blazed trail west for 0.2 mile. - Pat Monahan

Nov. 4, 11

M11
Hunting notice: West of Bath:  As of 11/2011, TRAIL SECTION RELOCATED OFF-ROAD, signed and blazed!  At mile 8.6, turn sharp right on Cochrane Road, continue straight (east) into a farm field, then down the hedgerow to the end of the field.  Cross into the adjacent field; make a quick left and then right and follow the edge of the field east on the left side of the hedgerow.  At the bottom of the field, turn left, then quickly right towards the large high power electrical line.  Follow the marked path through the field and all the way downhill to CR 15 (Knight Settlement Rd.).

Cross Knight Settlement Road (CR 15) to other side.  Caution:  Heavy traffic. Note:  Trail ahead, on southeast side of Knight Settlement Rd., is closed for hunting Nov. 15 - Dec. 22.  See para. below.  Proceed north a very short distance, then turn right and enter the marked trail again.  Follow the trail northeasterly, then northwesterly down the hillside through woods and fields back to CR 15 where it crosses Knight Creek.  Access 6 has been moved to this new location at CR 15 bridge across Knight Creek.  At Access 6, turn right (northeasterly)  on Knight Settlement Rd. (CR 15).  Caution:  Heavy traffic.  Gradually downhill to Cohocton River and NY 415. Map M11 updated with revision date of 11/11. 

To continue east during fall hunting season from Knight Settlement Rd., best to drive from where trail crosses Knight Settlement Rd. to Hickory Hill Campground (see map M12), avoiding hunting closures on Knight Settlement Rd. and east of Sandpit Rd. and lengthy roadwalk.  - Gary Haff and Lynda Rummel