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Bristol Hills Trail

Ontario County Park
to Naples, NY

 

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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.

The trail here is NO LONGER A THROUGH TRAIL as the trail is CLOSED at the abandoned section of Fried Hill Road by a land owner. You will need to follow County Route 33 into Naples to bypass this CLOSURE.

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.

Mile Elevation Description of Bristol Hills Trail from north to south
0.0 2145 ft

Parking area in Ontario County Park.  Follow wide trail & orange blazes to Jump Off.

0.1 2129 ft

The Jump Off.  Views.

1.25 2247 ft

Highest point of the Bristol Hills Trail.

1.5 2187 ft

Begin descending.

2.05 1659 ft

Blue trail on right heads 0.1 mile to camping area (with picnic table & reliable stream).

2.3 1636 ft

Trail register.

2.9 1683 ft

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.

3.1 1763 ft

Trail register

4.9 1935 ft

View to your left

5.0 1954 ft

View to your left, begin descending.

5.9 1505 ft

Reach Clement Rd & turn left following road.  Leaving Camp Warren Cutler BSA land.  ROAD WALK next 1.8 miles.

6.1 1486 ft

Turn right on County Route 33.

6.4 1464 ft

Left on Seman Road.

7.7 1541 ft

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.

8.8 1846 ft

Highest point on trail in West Hill Nature Preserve.  Veer left at trail junction, follow orange blazes.

10.4 1296 ft

Blue blazed trail on left leads 0.1 mile to view.

10.5 1269 ft

Reach & follow tall game preserve fence on left side.  Warning: Electric Fence.

11.4 1004 ft

TRAIL is CLOSED at this POINT.

   

For a continuation see Naples to Hi Tor WMA

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Jump Off at Ontario County Park

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Bristol Hills Trail on Gannett Hill

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