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Finger Lakes Trail
North Country Trail

Boyce Hill
State Forest

NY 242 to CR 17


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Boyce Hill State Forest is in Cattaraugus County in the Town of Franklinville.  Its western border is on NY 242 at Phillips Road.  Its eastern border is near Jackson Road which is off County Route 17 (Bakerstand Rd.).  This is a short 2.7 miles section of the FLT/NCT.  This stretch of the FLT/NCT is featured on map M4 from the FLTC. 

The Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail enters Boyce Hill State Forest off NY 242 near the intersection of Phillips Rd, about 0.1 mile east of "Devereaux Schoolhouse".  The trail enters the state forest in its northwest corner through a stand of pines and ascends.  The trail then briefly descends before climbing again.  In the middle of the state forest the trail enters a hardwood forest as well as crosses a DEC Loop Trail.  At 1.5 miles the trail reaches the Boyce Hill Lean To built in October 2012.  There is a picnic table, bench, open air privy and fire ring.

Soon the trail enters another section of pines and then soon passes by a pond.  There is camping opportunities near the pond along the side of the trail.  Soon the trail reaches the state forest truck trail and turns left following the truck trail.  There is a small parking area for about four cars where the trail reaches the truck trail.  Most vehicles can drive this seasonal dirt road.  The trail turns right at the state forest sign and reaches Jackson Road at 2.7 miles after leaving NY 242.  There is a nice panoramic view where the trail reaches Jackson Road.

Look below for a few pictures, a map and trail description of this section of the trail.
Mile Elevation Description
0.0 1716 ft

NY 242 parking (just past Phillips Road).  Enter Boyce Hill State Forest.  Follow white blazes.

0.4 1904 ft

Trail levels briefly before ascending again.

0.9 2004 ft

Begin to descend.

1.3 1876 ft

Begin to ascend.

1.5 1988 ft

Cross DEC Boyce Hill State Forest Loop Trail.  Boyce Hill Lean To

1.85 2100 ft

Trail begins to level off.

2.1 2114 ft

Trail bears left passing pond.

2.2 2117 ft

Trail veers right.

2.23 2122 ft

Highest point in Boyce Hill State Forest along FLT/NCT.

2.25 2116 ft

Reach State Forest Truck Trail.  Parking.  DEC Loop Trail turns right following Truck Trail.  FLT/NCT turns left following truck trail.

2.5 2087 ft

DEC Loop Trail junction on left.  FLT/NCT continues to follow truck trail.

2.6 2035 ft

Trail turns right at State Forest sign.

2.7 1980 ft

Reach Jackson Road and the end of this section.  The FLT/NCT turns left and follows road to County Route 17.  Left on CR 17 then a right on Tug Hill Road to seasonal dirt Bear Creek Road.  For a continuation see Bear Creek State Forest.

FLT/NCT in Boyce Hill State Forest

Boyce Hill Lean To

View from where FLT/NCT reaches Jackson Road

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