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Best of the North Country Trail in NY
Morgan Hill State Forest
Labrador Hollow Unique Area
Spruce Pond to the
Hang Glider Spot on Jones Hill
A great 3 mile out and back hike that follows the blue blazes of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The hike begins in Morgan Hill State Forest, takes you past beautiful Spruce Pond, onto private property then into Labrador Hollow Unique Area to your final destination of the spectacular views from the "hang glider spot" on Jones Hill. Be sure to bring a blanket & lunch to spend some time enjoying the views.
You'll find out quickly why this is one of the best sections of the North Country Trail in NY, as well as one of the most popular hiking destination in Onondaga County if not all of Central New York.
Also take some time while in the area to check out Tinker Falls & Labrador Pond in Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
DIRECTIONS: From Tully, NY take NY 80 EAST through Apulia. Take a right on Herlihy Road. This road will become a seasonal dirt road as you enter Morgan Hill State Forest. Continue straight (veer right) at a Y junction and pass Spruce Pond on your right. There is parking here on your right and is your first option for parking, however sometimes it can be crowded. If it is crowded you could continue down the dirt road for another 0.1 mile to another small parking area on your left. The North Country Trail crosses the road at this point. Your hike starts on the right side of the road.
The GPS coordinates are N42 47.961 W76 01.534 for the Spruce Pond parking area and N42 47.813 W76 01.518 for the second optional parking area.
See the map and hike description below. This hike is in solid red on the map. There are a couple of pictures and a video of this hike.
Pictures from the North Country Trail
Spruce Pond in Morgan Hill State Forest
North Country Trail
From the small parking area off the dirt road, head west (right) into woods following the blue blazes of the North Country Trail
North Country Trail Kiosk & Spruce Pond on the right. Begin ascending.
Leaving Morgan Hill State Forest, entering private land (B&B Lumber)
Cross small stream & logging road.
Pass close to the summit of Jones Hill, entering Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
Reach clearing and the hang glider spot. Views to the west. Retrace your steps to return to your vehicle for a three mile round trip hike. The top of Tinker Falls is another one mile along the North Country Trail. If you decide to continue to Tinker Falls this will make your hike five miles round trip. Also spend some time in Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
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