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North Country Trail
& Rogers Hill
This section of the 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. You are following 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 NCT coincides with the Finger Lakes Trail during this stretch of the trail.
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 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. Check the 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 FLTC lean to. Now the trail descends to NY 228, crosses the road and soon enters a low wetland area off of Cayuta Creek. 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.
Rogers Hill Lean To
Mile Elevation Trail Description 0.0 1212 ft
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.
1.2 1507 ft
Foots Hill. Begin steep descent into Texas Hollow.
1.4 1237 ft
Cross Texas Hollow Rd and enter Texas Hollow State Forest.
1.8 1182 ft
Reach DEC access road, pond and blue blazed access to Texas Hollow Rd & parking 0.1 mile away.
1.9 1176 ft 2.1 1180 ft 2.2 1184 ft
Begin ascent toward Newtown Road.
3.1 1709 ft
3.5 1695 ft
Last ascent toward Newtown Road.
3.75 1793 ft
Cross Newtown Road. Parking.
3.9 1841 ft
Trail now descends.
4.5 1666 ft
Reach Steam Mill Road. Leave Texas Hollow State Forest. Trail crosses road and now follows Carley Road.
5.65 1804 ft
Trail turns right on private lane. Views of Connecticut Hill to your left and behind you as you walk down the lane.
5.9 1845 ft
Rogers Hill Lean-To. Trail now begins descent toward NY 228.
7.7 1345 ft
Cross NY 228, pass small park on your right.
8.7 1318 ft
Reach County Route 6. End of this section. For a continuation see Connecticut WMA.
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