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Morgan Hill State Forest

Labrador Hollow Unique Area

Spruce Pond to the

Hang Glider Spot on Jones Hill

 

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A great 3 mile out and back hike that follows the blue blazes of the North Country National Scenic Trail.  The hike begins in Morgan Hill State Forest, takes you past beautiful Spruce Pond, onto private property then into Labrador Hollow Unique Area to your final destination of the spectacular views from the "hang glider spot" on Jones Hill.  Be sure to bring a blanket & lunch to spend some time enjoying the views. 

You'll find out quickly why this is one of the best sections of the North Country Trail in NY.

Also take some time while in the area to check out Tinker Falls & Labrador Pond in Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

DIRECTIONS:  From Tully, NY take NY 80 EAST through Apulia.  Take a right on Herlihy Road.  This road will become a seasonal dirt road as you enter Morgan Hill State Forest.  Continue straight (veer right) at a Y junction and pass Spruce Pond on your right.  There is parking here on your right, but continue down dirt road for another 0.1 mile to another small parking area on your left.  Park here.  The North Country Trail crosses the road at this point.  Your hike starts on the right side of the road.  See the map and hike description below.  This hike is in solid red on the map.

View

From the hang glider spot

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From the hang glider spot

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From the hang glider spot

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From the hang glider spot

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From the hang glider spot

Logging Road

Along the trail in B&B Lumber Land

Spruce Pond

Morgan Hill State Forest

Spruce Pond

In the fall

Spruce Pond

North Country Trail

Near Spruce Pond

Jones Hill View

Jones Hill View

Jones Hill View

Jones Hill View

Jones Hill View

Jones Hill View

Jones Hill View

Jones Hill View

Small Stream

On private property along the North Country Trail

View through the trees

 

 

Mile Elevation Description
0.0 1686 feet

From the small parking area off the dirt road, head west (right) into woods following the blue blazes of the North Country Trail

0.1 1694 feet

North Country Trail Kiosk & Spruce Pond on the right.  Begin ascending.

0.5 1904 feet

Leaving Morgan Hill State Forest, entering private land (B&B Lumber)

0.9 1746 feet

Cross small stream & logging road.

1.3 1959 feet

Pass close to the summit of Jones Hill, entering Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

1.5 1898 feet

Reach clearing and the hang glider spot.  Views to the west.  Retrace your steps to return to your vehicle for a three mile round trip hike.  The top of Tinker Falls is another one mile along the North Country Trail.  If you decide to continue to Tinker Falls this will make your hike five miles round trip. Also spend some time in Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

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