|Bristol Hills Trail||Naples to Hi Tor WMA||Hi Tor WMA to Italy Hill SF||Italy Hill SF to Wagon Wheel||Wagon Wheel to Urbana SF||Urbana SF to main FLT/NCT JCT|
Bristol Hills Trail
Ontario County Park
to Naples, NY
The Bristol Hills Trail is a branch trail of the 900+ mile Finger Lakes Trail System. The trail winds over 50 miles from its northern terminus at Ontario County Park, through Naples, NY and on to it's southern terminus at the main Finger Lakes/North Country Trail near Mitchellsville, NY. The trail is marked with orange blazes and passes through numerous state forest and Hi Tor WMA. It is a great long weekend backpacking hike for those who have a shuttle.
This section covers the trail from its northern terminus in Ontario County Park to NY 21 in Naples, NY. The Bristol Hills Trail begins just off the county park road at the small parking area for the jump off. In no time you reach a kiosk and soon after the "jump off". There are spectacular views from this view point. From here the trail winds near the summit of Gannett Hill and reaches it's highest point along the trail at 2247 feet.
The trail now descends toward County Route 33 and Camp Warren Cutler BSA. There are NO DOGS allowed in this boy scout camp at anytime. The trail now ascends Cleveland Hill and has a few views along the hill before descending again toward Clement Road. Now you have a 1.8 mile road walk before leaving the roads and entering West Hill Nature Preserve. This section of the trail is CLOSED during big game hunting season (Mid NOV - mid DEC). As the trail descends toward Naples, there is a blue blazed side trail that leads to another view point along this section of trail.
Following an abandoned road before reaching Mount Pleasant Street which will lead you to NY 21 and downtown Naples, NY. This section with it's views is a very popular shuttle day hike of nearly 12 miles. Give yourself at least 6-7 hours to complete this section. Look below for a map and a more detailed description of this section of the Bristol Hills Trail.
You can help support this trail by purchasing official Bristol Hills Trail maps from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference or volunteer! You can also find the latest trail conditions from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference website under the "trail conditions" link.
Jump Off at Ontario County Park
Bristol Hills Trail on Gannett Hill
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Parking area in Ontario County Park. Follow wide trail & orange blazes to Jump Off.
The Jump Off. Views.
Highest point of the Bristol Hills Trail.
Blue trail on right heads 0.1 mile to camping area (with picnic table & reliable stream).
Turn right on County Route 33, then in a couple of hundred feet turn left into parking area for Camp Warren Cutler BSA.
NOTES: Trail from here to Clement Rd is closed for Big Game Hunting Season from mid November to mid December.
RESTRICTIONS: NO DOGS ALLOWED AT ANYTIME on Camp Warren Cutler BSA land.
View to your left
View to your left, begin descending.
Reach Clement Rd & turn left following road. Leaving Camp Warren Cutler BSA land. ROAD WALK next 1.8 miles.
Turn right on County Route 33.
Left on Seman Road.
Trail turns right off road. Entering West Hill Nature Preserve. Orange Discs instead of blazes for next 1.1 mile.
NOTE: Trail in West Hill Nature Preserve is CLOSED during Big Game Hunting Season from Mid-November to Mid-December.
Highest point on trail in West Hill Nature Preserve. Veer left at trail junction, follow orange blazes.
Blue blazed trail on left leads 0.1 mile to view.
Reach & follow tall game preserve fence on left side. Warning: Electric Fence.
Turn left on abandoned Fried Hill Rd. Left downhill on Mt Pleasant Street.
Reach NY 21 and the end of this section. For a continuation see Naples to Hi Tor WMA
|Bristol Hills Trail||Naples to Hi Tor WMA||Hi Tor WMA to Italy Hill SF|
|Italy Hill State Forest to Wagon Wheel Campground||Wagon Wheel Campground to Urbana State Forest||Urbana State Forest to main Finger Lakes/North County Trail JCT|
|Finger Lakes Trail||North Country Trail in WNY|
|Hi Tor WMA||Italy Hill State Forest||Urbana State Forest|
|Pigtail Hollow State Forest||Wagon Wheel Campground||Ontario County Park|
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