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in Central New York
The North Country Trail section within Central New York runs from Watkins Glen to Forestport. Forestport is the gateway to the Adirondacks. The North Country Trail (NCT) shares the path with the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) up until Cuyler Hill State Forest. The trail is blazed white instead of the normal NCT blue during most of this stretch of the NCT. We are unsure why the Finger Lakes Trail Conference has decided not to adopt the NCT blue.
The NCT blazes are finally BLUE beginning north of Cuyler Hill State Forest. In Tioughnioga WMA the NCT leaves the FLTC trail system and follows trail supported by the local chapter of the North Country Trail Association hiking club, the NCTA CNY Chapter. The trail starts to follow the Old Erie Canal in Canastota until it reaches Rome. As you approach Rome, the North Country Trail passes the historical Erie Canal Village. In Rome, the trail passes through Fort Stanwix National Monument. North of Rome the NCT follows the old Black River Canal up to Forestport, NY.
New sections of the NCT within central New York are still being created. Look below for links that'll give you detailed descriptions, maps and photos to help you plan your adventure on the North Country National Scenic Trail.
Sections of the North Country Trail in Central New York
Watkins Glen State Park Finger Lakes National Forest Texas Hollow State Forest Connecticut Hill WMA Robert Treman State Park Sweedler Preserve Danby State Forest Shindagin State Forest Potato Hill State Forest Hammond Hill State Forest Kennedy State Forest Tuller Hill State Forest Hoxie Gorge State Forest Baker School House State Forest Taylor Valley State Forest Cuyler Hill State Forest Maxon Creek State Forest Morgan Hill State Forest Highland Forest DeRuyter State Forest New Woodstock-Tioughnioga WMA Stone Quarry-Nelson Swamp Cazenovia Section Perryville Section Canastota Section Canastota to Durhamville State Bridge to Lock 21 Lock 21 to Erie Canal Village Erie Canal Village to Fort Stanwix Fort Stanwix to Rome Fish Hatchery Rome Fish Hatchery to Pixley Falls SP Pixley Falls SP to Boonville Boonville to Forestport Forestport to ADK Blue Line NCT in the Adirondacks NCT Mile by Mile in NY
Waterfalls in Hemlock Glen along the North Country Trail in Morgan Hill State Forest
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