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Hiking in Schuyler County
New York State Lands
The 2112 acre Goundry Hill State Forest is located about nine miles north of Cooper Plains, near the hamlets of Bradford and Monterey in the town of Orange in Schuyler County. The CCC planted thousands of trees and built water holes in the state forest between 1934-1941. In 1935, the CCC camp S-123 was established on Pine Creek Rd. on nearby Sugar Hill State Forest.
Part of the 40+ mile Six Nation Trail System is located in Goundry Hill State Forest. The majority of the trail system is located on Sugar Hill State Forest. It is open for horse use in the summer months, and snowmobile use when there is sufficient snow cover. Hiking is encouraged at anytime.
People can access the Oneida Trail from Corbett Hollow Rd., Guerin Rd or Goundry Hill Rd. At the end of Corbett Hollow Rd. is a turn around loop, with a wide area for parking or camping. Water is available from a nearby stream, but is not potable so it should be treated before drinking. There are no other facilities provided. Guerin Rd. has a parking area about a half mile from Goundry Hill Rd; it holds about 10 cars. It is then a short walk north or south on the road to the trail.
Also located in Goundry Hill State Forest is a portion of the white blazed Finger Lakes Trail / North Country National Scenic Trail that travels through the forest. Nearly eight miles of the trail passes across the forest. The North Country Trail, when finished, will travel 4600 miles from North Dakota to Crown Point, NY. The Finger Lakes Trail covers 560+ miles from the NY/PA state line in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskills.
There are opportunities to create nice loop hikes in the forest utilizing the Six Nation Trail System, the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country National Scenic Trail and the gravel roads.
This state forest also has mineral resources, and a history of mineral extraction. In 2001, a deep natural gas well was drilled south of Guerin Rd. It successfully hit gas, and visitors should expect to see natural gas wellheads and pipelines. The pipeline and power line corridors provide additional hiking access to the interior of the forest.
From I-86, take Exit 42 (Coopers Plains), head north on Meads Creek Rd. (County Rte. 26 / County Rte. 16). Turn left onto Sexton Hollow Rd, then right onto Corbett Hollow Rd.
From NY 226, head south on Yawger Hill Rd. Then turn left at the "Y" onto Goundry Hill Rd. take a right at the "T" to stay on Goundry Hill Rd. then turn right onto Guerin Rd.
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