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Hiking in Cortland County
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The 2440 acre Tuller Hill State Forest is located in the town of Virgil in the Southwestern portion of Cortland County. It is a popular area for a variety of activities, including hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, geocaching and snowshoeing.
The Tuller Hill State Forest Multiple Use Trail System was designed to offer family-based recreation which covers a wide variety of uses. Therefore, the forest offers a variety of trails, including 8 miles of cross-country ski trails, 5 miles of Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail, and 12 miles designated for horseback riding. There are also 3 Public Forest Access Roads (PFAR) within Tuller Hill State Forest:
- Pipeline Public Forest Access Road (1.6 miles in length)
- Snyder Hill Public Forest Access Road (1.7 miles in length)
- Tower Public Forest Access Road (1.7 miles in length)
The Woodchuck Hollow lean-to is also available for users based on seasonal availability and on a first come, first serve basis. We suggest trying the Woodchuck Hollow Loop to get a good hiking tour of this state forest.
From NY 11 to NY 392 West, Tuller Hill State Forest can be accessed via Snyder Hill Road which runs north and south through the eastern portion of the forest. Another access road is Clute Road, which runs north off of NY 392 and connects with the eastern portion of Tuller Hill via Pipe Line Rd., and with the western portion via Vinnedge Rd. Parking from the shoulder of the road is available but limited.
Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail in Tuller Hill State Forest
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