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Finger Lakes Trail
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The 7337 acre Danby State Forest is located almost entirely in the Town of Danby in Tompkins County with a small southerly portion in the Town of Spencer in Tioga County. This state forest is located off NY 96B south of Ithaca, NY.
The forest was formed in the 1930s when the State bought a number of homesteads and farms. Some of the displaced families moved away while others stayed in the town. Old stone foundations can still be found in among the trees as can the old hand-dug wells. (These wells can be very dangerous, so be very careful.)
Hiking is very popular in the forest, which is bisected by the Finger Lakes Trail. The white blazed Finger Lakes Trail coincides with the North Country National Scenic Trail as it travels through the forest. There are two lean-tos, Chestnut and Tamarak along the trail to provide shelter. The orange blazed Abbott Loop Trail is a very popular eight mile loop hike which includes spectacular views from Thatchers Pinnacles. In the winter when snow is on the ground, the forest is a great place to cross-country ski and snowshoe.
Thatchers Pinnacle view along Abbott Loop Trail in Danby State Forest.
The forest is easy to access as many roads run through it. There are no designated parking places, but some of the better ones are listed below.
Popular Parking Places
On South Danby Rd. where the Finger Lakes Trail crosses the road.
On Bald Hill Rd. at the intersection of Comfort Rd.
On Bald Hill Rd. about 250 feet south of the intersection of Station Rd. under some large trees.
On Michigan Hollow Rd. where the Finger Lakes Trail crosses the road.
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