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Hiking in Tompkins County
The 3618 acre Hammond Hill State Forest is located in the towns of Caroline and Dryden in eastern Tompkins County. It is a very popular location for hiking as well as biking and has over 16 miles of an extensive trail system. The Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail also travels through the forest. Hammond Hill State Forest is a popular area for outdoor recreation. Present activities include: hunting, hiking, fishing, bird watching, camping, cross-county skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, trapping and snowshoeing.
The Hammond Hill State Forest Multiple Use Trail System has been designed to offer family based recreation for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-county skiing. A snowmobile trail as well as the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail also cross the forest. The 16 mile trail system is a cooperative effort between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Lands and Forests, the Cayuga Nordic Ski Club, the Cayuga Nature Center, the Friends of Hammond Hill and the Town of Dryden.
The trails are marked with circular trail signs. All trails are designated by color and number. Most of the trails are above 1800 feet in elevation; therefore, these trails are well suited for cross-county skiing. Trailed parking is provided in a parking lot on Cayuga Nature Center property on Hammond Hill Road. The trails are classified by the user's ability. Beginner trails have very gentle slopes and are fairly short in length. Intermediate trails have gentle to somewhat steep slopes and are moderate in length. Advanced trails have gentle to steep slopes and are usually longer in length than intermediate trails.
Trail in Hammond Hill State Forest
These total 5.6 miles in length. Activities allowed on the yellow trails include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
- Trail 1- intermediate trial 1.9 miles
- Trail 2- beginner trail .6 miles long
- Trail 3- intermediate trail .6 miles long
- Trail 4- intermediate trail 1.0 miles long
- Trail 5 - advanced trial 1.3 miles long
- Trail 6- beginner trial .2 miles long
- Trail 7- beginner trail .5 miles long
- Trail 8- intermediate trail .4 miles long
The blue trail totals 1.4 miles in length. Activities allowed on the blue trails include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
- Trail 1- intermediate trail 1 miles long
The red trails total 1.7 miles in length. Activities allowed on the red trails include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
- Trail 1- advanced trail .6 miles long
- Trail 2- advanced trail 1.1 miles long
Green trails total 1.7 miles in length. Activities allowed on the green trails include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
- Trial 1- advanced trail .8 miles long
- Trail 2- intermediate trail .7 miles long
- Trail 3- advanced trail .2 miles long
These trails total 5.6 miles in length. The trails are designated as a corridor snowmobile trail. However, other recreational activities allowed on the orange trails are: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and some cross-county skiing.
Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail
The Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail is approximately 4 miles in length and blazed with white blazes. Recreational activities allowed on the trail are hiking during he summer and skiing and snowshoeing during the winter.
There are approximately 6.2 miles of State forest access roads and seasonal use roads that are utilized primarily by snowmobilers. All recreational uses are allowed on these roads; however, care must be taken as these roads are open to motor vehicle traffic year round.
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