Erv Markert was chairman of the Trails Committee for almost twenty years. He served on numerous state and national organizations developing useful working relationships with public employees promoting hiking and trails. Read more here.

2015 Erv Markert Fall Hike

Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

Hoxie Gorge State Forest, FLT Map M20 (Rev 4/15)

Hike Description

Join us for a hike on one of the most recent and significant FLT relocations. This effort, which was completed in the Fall of 2014, moved the trail off of a busy US 11 in Cortland County and into the heart of Hoxie Gorge State Forest on all new trail featuring numerous creek and gorge crossings with several nice views of waterfalls.

Two hikes will be offered:

  • a 6 mile slower paced hike from Hoxie Gorge Rd / Cortland College land to Steve Russell Rd, this will be led by Sigi Schwinge
  • a 12 mile faster paced hike from Hoxie Gorge Rd / Cortland College land to the West River Rd trailhead, this will be led by Larry Blumberg

Hike Leaders

  • Primary contact and Longer hike leader — ​Larry Blumberg​, [email protected], 607-797-0912​​​
  • ​Shorter hike leader — ​Sigi Schwinge, [email protected], 315-437-6906

Meeting time

Meet at 9:15 am, we will depart at 9:30 am to begin the car shuttle.​​


Meet at the West River Rd. trailhead (click for map), from there we will shuttle cars over to the starting point on Hoxie Gorge Rd for both of our hikes​. Enroute we will also drop cars at Steve Russell Rd, the endpoint for the shorter hike.


Driving directions from the north: Take Rt. 81 south, at exit 10 drive south on Rt. 11, right on Blodgett Mills Rd., cross Tioughnioga River, left on Clute Rd. (Gailor Rd) and shortly after left on West River Rd. Stay left on W.River Rd. at the next Y intersection. Trailhead shortly after Stafford Rd. on right before the culvert.

Driving directions from the south: Proceed to I-81 Exit 9 (Marathon, NY). From Marathon, take US 11 North and then turn left (West) on NY 392. After crossing the Tioughnioga River, turn right (North) on West River Rd and drive for about four miles to the trailhead.