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Taylor Valley State Forest
This 4.1 mile loop hike takes advantage of 2.4 miles of dirt roads, 0.2 miles of paved roads and 1.5 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail. The moderate hike has an elevation gain of 850 feet. The hike features Seacord Hill in Taylor Valley State Forest. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the picnic tables under the day use pavilion when you finish your hike.
Directions: From Cortland NY 13 North to Truxton, NY. Turn right on Cheningo Road. Road turns into Taylor Valley Rd. Turn left into the Cheningo Day Use Area and park here.
Mile Elevation Description 0.0 1224 ft
From the Day Use Area, turn right on Taylor Valley Road.
0.2 1199 ft
Turn right on the seasonal dirt road (Seacord Hill Rd).
0.7 1405 ft
Seacord Hill Road veers right.
1.3 1703 ft
Another seasonal road is on the left (Angel Hill Rd). Continue on Seacord Hill Rd.
1.7 1876 ft
Seacord Hill summit is 0.2 mile to the left. Continue on Seacord Hill Rd.
2.3 1906 ft
A grassy road is on the right. Turn right and follow grassy (dirt) road. Can be a bush whack.
You can continue on the dirt road until the end and bushwhack a few feet to the white blazed Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail if you'd rather do that. It won't add to much added mileage on this hike.
2.6 1911 ft
Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail crossing. Turn right on the FLT/NCT & follow white blazes.
2.9 1857 ft
Private land is to the left. Trail begins descending.
3.4 1748 ft
Trail descends more steeply.
3.7 1561 ft
Trail descends on switchbacks.
4.0 1240 ft
Entering Cheningo Day Use Area.
4.1 1224 ft
Reach parking area and end of this loop hike.
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