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Urbana State Forest
Nature Trail Loop
NOTES: This popular loop hike located in Urbana State Forest has interpretive nature guide books to help hikers enjoy this trail. This hike starts at the "FLT Parking Area" located on Bean Station Road just 200 feet from where the Bristol Hills Trail crosses the road. This loop hike is a total of 4.3 miles long. Below there is a map and description of this hike. There is an elevation change of 620 feet for this hike.
HIGHLIGHTS: The large Evangeline Shelter with its loft, fireplace and camping area. The restored Covell Cemetery, Huckleberry Bog and Bog Observation Deck.
Interpretive Nature Guide Books are available at the register box at the junction of the Bog Nature Trail and Bristol Hills Trail.
Directions: From the south end of Canandaigua Lake take NY 53 south. Just south of Prattsburg, turn left on Bean Station Road. Pass Dineharts Crossing Rd & Colegrove Hill Rd. Look for the "FLT" signs on both sides of the road. The parking area is just east of the trail crossing. N 42 28.660 - W 77 14.428 for your gps unit.
Mile Elevation Description of Trail from north to south 0.0 1366 ft
From Bean Station Road, follow the orange blazed Bristol Hills Trail south.
0.1 1414 ft
Pass cemetery on left.
0.2 1495 ft
Evangeline Shelter on left.
0.8 1804 ft
Trail register. Pass Bog Nature Trail (blue blazes) on right, then turn left on old grassy lane. Still on Bristol Hills Trail and following orange blazes.
1.3 1867 ft
Turn right off old grassy lane.
1.5 1871 ft
Bog observation deck and 0.1 mile blue spur trail.
2.2 1816 ft
Cross abandoned section of Wixom Road.
2.4 1776 ft
Cross stream, then trail register. Reach junction with Bog Nature Trail (blue blazes) on right. Turn right and follow blue blazes.
3.2 1797 ft
Nature Trail turns right onto old road.
3.4 1787 ft
Turn right on old road, still following blue blazes.
3.5 1804 ft
Trail register. Reach Bristol Hills Trail junction. Turn left and follow orange blazes downhill.
4.1 1495 ft
4.2 1414 ft
4.3 1366 ft
Bean Station Road and the end of this loop hike.
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