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Hiking in Chenango County
Bucks Brook State Forest
If this loop hike looks familiar, then you've probably have seen it in one of the many hiking guide books for New York. It is a very popular hike in Central New York, however you can still do this hike and in most cases not see one person. This loop features 2.9 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail as well as 2.1 miles of dirt roads to create a five mile loop within Bucks Brook State Forest. The section along Bucks Brook Road follows the gorge of Bucks Brook. While you cross a very small Bucks Brook on a rickety footbridge along the FLT.
Directions: From Deruyter take County Route 58, which becomes County Route 16 as you enter Chenango County. Turn right on Ridge Road and park at the Finger Lakes Trail crossing on the left in about 1.8 miles. The GPS coordinates are N42 42.395 W75 47.158 for those who have a GPS devise.
While in the area check out Alice's Dowry Bed & Breakfast in Cincinnatus. It's conveniently located for those looking to hike the area.
Mile Elevation Hike Description 0.0 1721 feet
Starting at FLT trailhead on Ridge Road, enter woods heading EAST. Follow white blazes.
0.1 1694 feet 0.4 1817 feet
Old Logging Road. Turn right, then quick left following white blazes.
0.8 1829 feet
Highest point during this loop.
1.0 1702 feet 1.1 1682 feet 2.5 1653 feet
Begin steep descent toward Bucks Brook Road.
2.9 1362 feet 4.6 1648 feet
Cross Bucks Brook on bridge.
4.7 1711 feet
Reach Ridge Road and turn right following dirt road.
4.9 1724 feet
Finger Lakes Trail on left (heading west toward Ratville Rd). Continue straight on road.
5.0 1721 feet
Reach starting point of this loop hike and your vehicle.
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