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Finger Lakes National ForestBurnt Hill Trail
The Burnt Hill Trail is located on the southern end of the Forest, extending south from Picnic Area Road. It crosses shrub-lands and pastures, and offers beautiful vistas along the way. It is a primitive trail with a natural tread. It has gravel in wet areas and is mowed through the fenced pastures. Please close gates behind you when you are entering/leaving a pasture. The trail intersects the Interloken Trail and the Backbone Trail.
A great 3.8 mile loop can be created utilizing the Burnt Hill Trail and the Interloken Trail called the "Burnt Hill Loop".
Length: 2.5 miles one way
Max. Elevation Change: 134 feet
Amount of use: Moderate
Hiking level: Easy
Use restrictions: No motorized vehicles except snowmobiles when conditions permit.
Caution: Be aware Horses, Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Skiers and Snowmobilers use this trail in season. Trails are closed to horse users from March 15th thru May 1st due to muddy conditions.
Entering a pasture thru a gate on the Burnt Hill Trail
From the South: take NY 17 (I-86 in some areas) to exit 52 (Watkins Glen exit/NY 14 North). In Watkins Glen, turn right on NY 414 North, at the Fourth St. intersection go approximately 9 miles north, past the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest on the right. The next asphalt road ½ mile past this on the right is Schuyler County Route 2. Turn right and go 4.1 miles east past County Route 4 to the View Point parking area (just east of the Blueberry Patch Campground). The trail is located on the south side of the road.
From the North: take I-90 to exit 41 (NY 414 south to Hector, NY) the second asphalt road on the left past Wickham’s Plaza (1/2 mile) is County Route 2, turn left and go 4.1 miles east past County Route 4 to the View Point parking area (just east of the Blueberry Patch Campground). The trail is located on the south side of the road.
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