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Potomac Trail

 

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The Potomac Trail travels through a variety of forest types and follows the edges of some of the numerous ponds in the area. This relatively flat trail has a primitive natural tread and traverses occasional wet areas. It is a nice loop hike or a great trail to learn cross-country skiing and is also a popular game bird hunting area.

The Potomac Trail network connects with the Interloken Trail and the Potomac Group Campground reservation area. Fishing is allowed in the ponds, following New York State DEC fishing regulations. A nice loop hike can be created utilizing the Potomac Trail and the Interloken Trail.

Trail Facts

Length:  2.25 miles one way
Max. Elevation Change: 100 feet
Amount of use:  Moderate
Feature:  Ponds
Hiking level:  Easy
Use restrictions:  No horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles.

Relaxing next to a pond along the Potomac Trail

Directions:

From the South: Take I-86/NY 17 to Exit 52 (Watkins Glen/NY 14 North). In Watkins Glen, turn right onto NY 414 North. Go approximately 9 miles north, past the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest. 0.5 miles past the Ranger Station, turn right on Schuyler County Route 2. Go east 4.4 miles past County Route 4 to the “Tee” intersection. Turn left onto Potomac Road and look for the signs for the Potomac Group Campground. Continue on to the first or second parking area and then follow the signs and blaze marks.

From the North: Take I-90 to Exit 41 (NY 414 South to Hector, NY). 0.5 miles past Wickham’s Plaza, turn left onto County Route 2, the second asphalt road on the left. Go east 4.4 miles east past County Route 4 to the “Tee” intersection. Turn left onto Potomac Road and look for the signs for the Potomac Group Campground. Continue on to the first or second parking area and then follow the signs and blaze marks.

The GPS coordinates for the parking area is N42 29.609 W76 47.442 for those who have a GPS devise.

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