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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)

Oct. 20, 19

B1

B1 Temporary Reroute due to forest management activity on Camp Cutler grounds:  Between CR 33 at the north end of Camp Cutler and Clement Rd. at the south, the FLThas been rerouted temporarily by Camp staff to avoid an area being logged. 

From the north (CR 33) heading south, follow the FLT (orange blazes) into the Camp until reach yellow caution tape across the trail.  Note:  You will see signs of and share some trail with heavy equipment in this vacinity.  Please use caution.  At yellow caution tape, turn right (west) until come to Pink Trail; turn left (south) and follow Pink Trail until come to sign directing you to leave Pink Trail by turning left (east), follow signs (two more) to return to FLT (orange trail), where you will turn right (south) to continue south. 

From the south (Clement Rd.), follow the orange blazes north past the lean-to until grassy area, where willl find a sign directing you to turn left (west).  Follow signs (two more) to Pink Trail; turn right (north) and follow Pink Trail until come to sign directing you to turn right (easterly) and return to FLT.  At yellow caution tape on FLT, turn left to continue hiking north.  Note:  You will see signs of and share trail with heavy equipment in this vacinity.  Use caution.

Remember:  The FLT through Camp Cutlet is closed November 15-December 22.

  - Donna Noteware (Lynda Rummel)

Oct. 1, 19

M18

Attention Hikers -

The FLT route heading west from Rt. 79 in Caroline is currently flooded due to beaver activity just beyond the Kiosk at Rt. 79.  This condition comes and goes and for the time being the trail across the wetland next to Rt. 79 in Caroline is essentially impassible.  There is also currently a hunting season closure here as well.  Please refer to the below hunting closure notice for the alternate routes between Rt.79 and Blackman Hill Road.  This notice will be updated when conditions change.  - David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC

Sep. 19, 19

M15

Attention Hikers!

2019-2020 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 17, 2019
  • 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. 19, 19

M15

Attention Hikers!

2019-2020 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 to December 17, 2019 AND May 1 – May 31, 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, CTC Trails Chair/Watkins East RTC
Sep. 19, 19

M17

Attention Hikers!

2019-2020 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 17 2019
  • 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. 19, 19

M17

Attention Hikers!

2019-2020 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 17, 2019 AND May 1 to May 31, 2020
  • 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. 19, 19

M17

Attention Hikers!

2019-2020 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 17, 2019 AND May 1 to May31, 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
Sep. 19, 19

M17

Attention Hikers!

2019-2020 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 17, 2019
  • 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. 19, 19

M18

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 9.6 (Old 76 Rd.) and Mile 11.5 (Level Green Rd.)

  • When: October 1 to December 17, 2019
  • 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. 19, 19

M18

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 12.8 (Blackman Hill Rd.) and Mile 15.1 (NY Route 79)

  • When: October 1 to December 17, 2019
  • Description: The trail is closed on private property from approx. mile 12.8 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. 19, 19

M19
Hunting notice: Attention Hikers!

2019-2020 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 17 2019 AND May 1 – May 31 2020
  • 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.
- - David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/FLTC Watkins East Regional Trail Coordinator
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

M18
Map Revision: M18 was updated to reflect two reroutes: a 0.7 mi. reroute east of White Church Rd and a minor reroute near Blackman Hill Rd. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev. Date is now 7/31/2019.

  - 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. 10, 19

M17
Map Revision: M17 was published today to incorporate several minor reroutes,  The Blue Trail on the Sweedler preserve has been completely renovated and rerouted with stairs and engineered switchbacks in a major project performed by an ADK ProCrew.  Orange and blue tracks in the Thayer Preserve were also updated to reflect minor reroutes and add the spur to the Thayer Trailhead on Sand Bank Rd. where there is parking (P) for 6 cars.

The Rev Date was changed to 7/15/19. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 9, 19

M13

The parking space on the west side of Monterey/Sexton Hollow Rd. and the trail entrance on the east side have been cleared.  The Carsonite post on the west side has been relocated to the back of the parking area.  The five downed trees lying across the trail just west of the road have been sawed out and the trail to the register box, although a bit overgrown with weeds and muddy, is open.  Stay alert:  The many ash in the area show the signs of emerald ash borer infestation and will fall...inevitably.  - Lynda Rummel

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 - R. Hopkins, I.Szabo

Jul. 7, 19

Passport Central
Permanent Closure

Hike #C2 – Letchworth Falls

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. - R. Hopkins

Jul. 5, 19

M7

Map M7 was published today ONLY to reflect changes on L2 that show on M7. M7 was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

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

M18

The main route of the FLT has been made impassible by beaver activity raising the wetland water level about .6 miles east of Ridgeway Road near the old RR grades.  The path from where the trail leaves Ridgeway Road near the picnic table to the RR grade is closed until further notice.  The alternate route until further notice, heading east, is to walk another .3 miles east on Ridgeway Road to where the RR grade comes out on the right side of the road.  Turn right (South) on the RR grade and follow it for about .4 miles and you will see where the FLT path enters on the right.  Keep straight ahead on the FLT along the RR grade.  Coming from the south along the RR grade from White Church Road look for where the FLT turns left off the grade and continue straight ahead on the grade to Ridgeway Road.  Turn left on Ridgeway and follow the road until you find the white blazes near the corner at Coddington Road.  - David Priester, Watkins East RTC

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. 19, 19

M9

ATTENTION HIKERS: Trees down across trail between AP1 and AP2 about 1.6 miles south of AP1 in the Gas Springs State Forest. The trees are located near a cabin on private property. Follow the temperary by-pass, to the east of the trail, marked with blue flagging. - Peter Wybron

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.  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

ATTENTION HIKERS! The Hesse Lean-to has been badly damaged. A large tree has fallen onto the lean-to and the roof has collapsed. The lean-to is not safe to use. The tree has been removed. The lean-to will be repair in the spring of 2020 by an Alley Cat crew. There are small level areas for tents. The out-house has also collapsed. It also will be replaced by the 2020 Alley Cat crew. Peter Wybron  - 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)

Mar. 29, 19

M10
Hunting notice: The hunting closure on Map M10 has been revised to include the additional period of May 1- May 31.

In addition, the following note has been added to the map description: At mile 8.0  DO NOT park in the parking lot for Cider Creek Hard Cider Brewery by request of the owner.  Illegally parked vehicles will be towed.

Revision Date updated to 04/01/2019. Seriously.

  - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 26, 19

M10
change in dates The hunting closure on Map M10 has been revised to include the additional period of May 1- May 31.

In addition, the following note has been added to the map description: At mile 8.0  DO NOT park in the parking lot for Cider Creek Hard Cider Brewery by request of the owner.  Illegally parked vehicles will be towed.

The revised map will be published in the near future. - FLTC Mapping

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. 31, 19

B2
Map Revision: Map B2 has been updated to reflect a reroute off Wood Hill Rd. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. New revision date: 1/8/2019 - 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

M7
Map Revision: The map was updated today to reflect changes made on the Letchworth Trail. 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

M15

Hikers please note a new trail issue.  The short trail segment beginning at the intersection of NY Rt. 79 and Jolly Road just east of Watkins Glen and running a short distance west to Middle Road is recently impacted by housing construction.  Please do not use this trail segment as it runs through a construction site and you may be in danger.  The segment can be avoided by heading south on Rt.79 to the intersection of Middle Road and then turning right (North) to regain the trail along Middle Road.  The trail management team will be consulting with the land owner and looking over the area to determine a permanent solution to this closure.  - - David Priester, CTC Trails Chair/FLTC Watkins East Regional Trail Coordinator

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

Oct. 1, 18

CT8
Map Revision: A new map was published 9/26 to reflect a reroute at mile 16.0 on map CT7 that happens to also show on this map.

Access 1:  Trail from Coyle Rd on MapCT7 to Access 3 ahead is closed for hunting fromMay1-31 and Oct1 to Dec 22.  By pass, left on Getman Rd to Schad Rd and follow roue indicated on map.

At mile 4.8 Active railroad tracks  Caution, there are several trains per day.

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

Mile 9.4 Trail ahead is closed for hunting from May 1-31 and Oct 2 to Dec 22.  Bypass: continue north on Fargo, left on Genesee Rd (west), right (north) on Lake Rd, right(east) on Cohocton Rd to Access 7 - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 1, 18

B3
Hunting notice: A new map and GPS file were published 9/26/18 reflecting the reroute posted on August 1, below, and the hunting closure at mile 0.0. - 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. 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. 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. 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

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

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)

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

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. 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 eliminating 0.3 miles of trail.  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

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

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. 15, 18

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

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. 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. 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 (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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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

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. 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

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

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. 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. 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. 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

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
  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

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

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

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

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. 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

Hike #W12 - Niagara River Walk

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. 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

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. 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. 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

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

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. 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. 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

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

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

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

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

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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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