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Finger Lakes National Forest
The 1.2 mile Gorge Trail travels in the forest through a pine and hard wood plantation following a scenic gorge. The trail travels from Burnt Hill Road to Mark Smith Road. It is located on the southern portion of the Forest and is accessed from Burnt Hill Road/Gorge Pond parking area or a parking lot on Mark Smith Road about ¾ miles north of NY 79.
This trail intersects the Interloken Trail and also briefly follows the Interloken Trail. Gorge Pond is located just west of the Gorge Trail trailhead. There are a couple of primitive campsites (FREE) near the parking area on Burnt Hill Road. There are also a couple of campsites along the trail. This trail has an overall elevation gain/loss of 360 feet from/to Mark Smith Road.
Caution: The Gorge trail is not suitable for skiing due to sharp downhill pitches and limited room to maneuver.
Junction of the Gorge Trail and Interloken Trail
From the South: Take I-86/NY 17 to exit 52 (Watkins Glen exit/NY14 North). In Watkins Glen, turn right on NY 414 North, at the Fourth Street intersection go approximately 9 miles north, on the right is the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest. The next asphalt road past this (1/2 mile) on the right is Schuyler County Route 2. Turn right and go 3.5 miles east to Burnt Hill Road. Turn right and follow Burnt Hill Road south 2.5 miles until you reach the Gorge Pond parking area located on the east side of the road. This road is a seasonal use road and is not plowed in the winter. GPS N42 27.362 W76 48.372
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 3.5 miles east to Burnt Hill Road. Turn right and follow Burnt Hill Road south 2.5 miles until you reach the Gorge Pond parking area located on the east side of the road. This road is a seasonal use road and is not plowed in the winter. GPS N42 27.362 W76 48.372
There is also some shoulder parking along Mark Smith Road at the eastern end of the Gorge Trail. GPS N42 27.301 W76 47.185
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