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Hiking in Cortland County
Heiberg Memorial Forest is owned by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry and is used as an outdoor classroom and experimental station. They have graciously allowed non students to explore their land. The property is on Truxton Hill (elevation 2020 feet), a rolling hilly area with over 20 miles of unplowed roads, fire lanes and unmarked trails. There are three ponds that are stocked with fish. You'll find good parking areas near the trailheads.
There are many opportunities to create your own loop hikes within the forest or you can explore different areas within the forest. We have included a map below of most of the hiking trails in the forest. Please remember that the trails/roads are not marked and some of the trails may be overgrown. We have also included our favorite hike, the Truxton Hill Loop of 3.7 miles.
A great short hike to try is the Heiberg Nature Trail. This loop trail is only 0.7 miles long and is located off the first small parking area on the right as you drive down Maple Ridge Road. There is a nice waterfall located 0.2 miles into the loop hike (hiking counter clockwise), however the bridge to cross the stream was gone when we hiked this in 2011. We have been told that a new bridge has been constructed. We have included a video of our hike in 2011 below. Across the road from the Nature Trail parking area is the 6+ mile Skyline Trail that links the area with the Labrador Hollow Unique Area and the North Country Trail.
A warning to those wanting to explore this scenic place, the trails are not readily maintained and most are not marked. I would recommend a good compass or a gps before doing any major exploration of this forest. This is a great place to practice your map/compass/gps skills. We have included a video of the Kubrick Overlook with its sweeping vista.
Directions: From the village of Tully - Head east on NY 80, past the main village traffic light (US 11 Jct), take your next right on Railroad St. From there take your next left and a quick right turn over the railroad tracks. Stay on this road around the sharp bend and up the hill. You will see a sign on the left for Heiberg Forest and turn right on Maple Ridge Rd. All the parking is on this road.
Hiking on the Heiberg Forest Nature Trail
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