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Finger Lakes Trail
North Country Trail
Woodchuck Hollow, Snyder Hill, Howe Creek
This section of the Finger Lakes/North Country Trail begins off Carson Road near Greek Peak and NY 392. Take a look at the view toward Virgil Mountain before heading on the trail. The trail enters Tuller Hill State Forest at this point. The trail climbs to 1880 feet before descending toward Woodchuck Hollow.
There are three access trails that lead out of the hollow. Two of the trails lead to seasonal dirt Cortland 9 Road and the other leads to seasonal dirt Pipeline Road. Also within the hollow is Woodchuck Hollow Lean-To (see panorama above). A very nice shelter just off the trail. The trail leaves the hollow and crosses Cortland 9 Road then travels along the state forest boundary winding up Snyder Hill.
The trail crosses seasonal dirt Pipeline Road and begins its descent toward the Tioughnioga River. The trail crosses Snyder Hill Road and enters private property. Please respect the landowners rights and stay on the trail. It is due to the generosity of the private landowners that the trail is allowed to pass through this area.
The trail crosses Howe Creek on a footbridge then continues through a farm field with views toward the I-81 Hoxie Gorge Bridge. The trail continues down hill until reaching West River Road and the end of this section.
Directions: From Cortland, I-81 south to Exit 10. Turn left on US 11 south. Turn right on NY 392 West then right on Carson Rd. The Finger Lakes/North Country Trail leaves the road on the left in just under a mile.
Small waterfall in Woodchuck Hollow along the FLT/NCT
Trail leaves Carson Road on left. Follow white blazes and ascend. Enter Tuller Hill State Forest. This is the continuation of the trail from Kennedy State Forest.
Junction on right with blue blazed access trail that leads to Cortland 9 Road
Woodchuck Hollow Lean-To on the right
Junction on right with another blue blazed access trail that leads to Cortland 9 Road
Junction on left with blue blazed Neal Brook Trail that leads to Pipeline Road. Ascend.
Cross seasonal dirt Cortland 9 Road.
Snyder Hill and the highest point in Tuller State Forest along the FLT/NCT.
Cross Pipeline Road
Cross Snyder Hill Road and enter PRIVATE PROPERTY.
Junction on left with blue blazed access trail that leads to parking on Snyder Hill Rd. Cross Howe Creek on footbridge.
Trail reaches West River Road and the end of this section. Trail continues after a road walk in Hoxie Gorge State Forest.
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