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Finger Lakes Trail
North Country Trail
& Rogers Hill
This section of the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail is located south of Finger Lakes National Forest, south of NY 79, south of the small hamlet of Bennettsburg and begins off South Hill Road as the trail follows a farm lane away from the road. Follow the white blazes. The trail ascends Foots Hill before descending steeply into Texas Hollow. This part of the trail is CLOSED for hunting from 10/13 to 12/25. After crossing Texas Hollow Road the trail enters Texas Hollow State Forest.
The 937 acre Texas Hollow State Forest is located about 6 miles east of Watkins Glen, near the hamlet of Bennettsburg in the towns of Hector and Catharine in Schuyler County.
The trail passes by a scenic pond and the blue blazed Texas Hollow Loop Trail. This loop trail is 0.7 miles long, creating a short loop with the FLT/NCT. The trail now climbs and crosses Newtown Road before dropping to Steam Mill Road. The trail leaves the state forest and begins a short road walk of just over a mile, before turning right onto a private lane. Note your views to your left before and as you reach the lane.
The large hill that you see is Connecticut Hill and if you are a through hiker, you will be hiking up that hill eventually. The trail is now on private property. Please respect the landowners rights and stay on the trail. The trail passes Rogers Hill Lean To. This is a FLT lean to. Now the trail descends to NY 228, crosses the road and soon enters a low wetland area off of Cayuta Creek.
Rogers Hill Lean To
The trail reaches County Route 6 and the end of this 8.7 mile section of trail. There is an elevation ascent of over 1300 feet during this section and is a moderate hike.
Trail turns off S Hill Road onto a farm lane. Parking. Trail CLOSED FOR HUNTING from here to Texas Hollow Road from 10/13 to 12/25.
Foots Hill. Begin steep descent into Texas Hollow.
Cross Texas Hollow Rd and enter Texas Hollow State Forest.
Reach DEC access road, pond and blue blazed access to Texas Hollow Rd & parking 0.1 mile away.
Begin ascent toward Newtown Road.
Last ascent toward Newtown Road.
Cross Newtown Road. Parking.
Trail now descends.
Reach Steam Mill Road. Leave Texas Hollow State Forest. Trail crosses road and now follows Carley Road.
Trail turns right on private lane. Views of Connecticut Hill to your left and behind you as you walk down the lane.
Rogers Hill Lean-To. Trail now begins descent toward NY 228.
Cross NY 228, pass small park on your right.
Reach County Route 6. End of this section. For a continuation see Connecticut WMA.
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