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Hiking in Onondaga County
Morgan Hill State Forest
DIRECTIONS: US 20 East, take a right on Apulia Rd. Turn left on NY 80 East, then turn right on NY 91 South. Next turn left on NY 13 North, then a left on Morgan Hill Rd. Drive up Morgan Hill Rd, soon the road becomes gravel and onto the State Land (Morgan Hill State Forest). This is where the road becomes a seasonal dirt road (but drivable). Pass under power lines and begin to go down hill, then pass a dirt road on your right. The next road on your right is Chickadee Hollow Rd (no signs). Park along the side of this road (leaving room for cars to pass).
The GPS coordinates for the intersection is N42 45.100 W75 59.968 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.
NOTES: A great loop hike in Morgan Hill State Forest. Be sure to follow the blue blazes carefully while on the North Country Trail. There are numerous turns along the trail and numerous old dirt roads. There is a 410 foot elevation change for this 3.8 mile loop hike.
There was some logging done in the summer/fall of 2009 near & along the trail that did cause some damage along the North Country Trail. You will notice the clear cut logging that was done while you hike in this area. There is a video below of part of the trail crossing a timber harvested area. There are also pictures, a map and a detailed description of this wonderful hike below.
This has become a popular loop hike in this state forest.
Guide to the Hiking Trails at Morgan Hill State Forest
includes Labrador Hollow Unique Area
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Mile Elevation Description 0.0 1737 ft
From the corner of Chickadee Hollow Rd & Morgan Hill Road, head north uphill on Morgan Hill Road.
0.6 1928 ft
Road levels off.
1.15 1926 ft 1.3 1977 ft
Junction of a white blazed spur trail that leads 0.1 mile to a camping area.
1.4 1991 ft
Highest point of the North Country Trail in Morgan Hill State Forest.
2.5 1872 ft 3.2 1879 ft 3.5 1851 ft 3.8 1737 ft
Reach Morgan Hill Road and the end of this loop hike.
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