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The "mile by mile" below is intended to help you prepare to hike along the Finger Lakes Trail.  Camping spots are in bold. The information below does not include the many sections of trail that is closed for hiking during hunting seasons.  All information and mileage calculations were completed on 3/10/2010.  Mileage subject to change.  Current main FLT is 548.6 miles end to end.

***Key Points along the Finger Lakes Trail, West to East***

Mile Key Points along the Finger Lakes Trail
0.0

NY/PA State Line in Allegany State Park.  Finger Lakes Trail coincides with North Country Trail & Conservation Trail

5.9

Willis Creek Lean-To

9.1

Cross Allegany State Park Road 3.

12.2

Stony Brook Lean-To

13.9

Cross Allegany State Park Road 1.

17.5

Beck Hollow Lean-To (next lean-to nearly 90 miles away)

20.3

Leaving Allegany State Park

25.5

Jimmerson Bivouac Area (on private property)

26.7

Enter Bucktooth State Forest

30.3

Bucktooth State Forest Bivouac Area

35.4

Cross NY 353

36.4

Enter Rock City State Forest

37.4

Rock City State Forest Bivouac Area

39.5

Old CCC Seneca Camp Bivouac Area

40.0

Enter McCarty Hill State Forest

42.3

McCarty Hill Bivouac Area

43.3

Holimont Bivouac Area, soon after is view from top of Holimont Ski Lift.  Next camping 16 miles.

44.5

Reach NY 242 near town of Ellicottville.  Post office about 0.5 mile to the east.

50.6

Cross US 219

55.9

Cross NY 240, continue on Fancy Tract Road.

57.2

Junction with orange blazed Conservation Trail.

59.4

Cobb Trail leads 0.2 miles to Cobb Bivouac Area.

60.0

Trail follows NY 242

61.3

Trail leaves NY 242 and enters Boyce Hill State Forest.

63.5

Boyce Hill State Forest Bivouac Area

66.2

Enter Bear Creek State Forest

69.4

Trail follows NY 16

69.9

Trail follows NY 98

70.2

Trail leaves NY 98

75.3

Enter Bush Hill State Forest

75.9

Bush Hill State Forest Bivouac Area

80.3

Enter Farmersville State Forest

80.6

Farmersville State Forest Bivouac Area

84.3

Cross NY 243

88.5

Enter Swift Hill State Forest

91.8

Sixtown Creek Section.  Junction of Blue Blazed Hunting/Hi-Water Bypass Trail.  Leads to Sixtown Creek Bivouac Area

93.9

Trail on right leads to the Marge Hinz Campsite.

96.6

Follow, then cross NY 19

100.0

Mile 100 is along Wiscoy Creek.

101.3

Camp Sam Wood Lean To

106.7

Cross NY 19A

108.1

Junction with yellow blazed Letchworth Trail.  Cross Genesee River on Whiskey Bridge.

110.9

Hesse Lean-To (private, but hikers are welcome)

117.5

Fox Road & views.

124.0

Bleier Campsite

125.8

Swain Hill Bivouac Area

126.7

Robinson Loop Trails

129.3

Blue Blazed Bypass Trail junction (FLT steeply climbs a creekbed)

130.2

Side trail leads to Bossards Cabin (private, but hikers welcome)

131.8

Views and enter Slader Creek State Forest

132.3

Slader Creek Bivouac Area

133.2

Enter Klipnocky State Forest

133.7

Klipnocky State Forest Bivouac Area near Pond #1

134.2

Klipnocky State Forest Bivouac Area near Pond #2

137.6

Enter Bully Hill State Forest

138.5

Bully Hill State Forest Bivouac Area - next camping 27 miles.

146.5

Enter Steuben County while on Webb Road

147.5

Turn left off Webb Road.  Right blue blazed trail leads two miles to Kanakadea Lean To

148.9

Cross I-86 on Doorley Rd bridge

151.9

Trail enters near Hornell, NY & crosses NY 36.  Lodging, Restaurants and grocery stores.

152.4

Pass by Econo Lodge

161.8

Enter Burt Hill State Forest

162.6

Burt Hill Lean-To --> next camping nearly 30 miles away (next lean-to is nearly fifty miles away)

178.0

Follow NY 415 under I-86 (near Bath, NY)

179.0

Sand Pit Road --> great views off and on over the next 5 miles

184.0

Junction with the southern terminus of the 54 mile orange blazed Bristol Hills Trail

189.2

Cross NY 54.  Vinehurst Inn

192.3

Blue Blazed June Bug Trail & June Bug Bivouac Area.

197.2

Irene's Bivouac Area

198.1

Enter Birdseye Hollow State Forest

199.2

Birdseye Hollow Rd (CR 96)

200.0

Mile 200 is located just south of Rhinehart Road.

205.6

Reach then cross NY 226

209.0

Enter South Bradford State Forest

210.4

Trail to Moss Hill Lean-To on right.  JCT with northern terminus of the Great Eastern Trail.

212.3

South Bradford Bivouac Area

213.4

Enter Goundry Hill State Forest, enter Schuyler County

215.9

Corbett Hollow Bivouac Area

221.8

Enter Sugar Hill State Forest

224.2

Side trail leads 0.25 mile to Parks Hollow Lean To

225.6

Side trail leads to Sugar Hill Fire Tower and soon after another side trail leading 0.2 miles to Sugar Hill Lean To #1 and #2.

229.1

Buck Settlement Lean-To

231.2

Enter Watkins Glen State Park

234.6

Watkins Glen State Park Campground

235.4

Main Entrance to Watkins Glen State Park, cross NY 14.  Trail goes thru Village of Watkins Glen.  Lodging

237.1

Trail crosses NY 414 and then follows Excelsior Glen

241.4

Twin Tunnels

242.6

Enter Finger Lakes National Forest

245.9

Junction of Interloken Trail

246.0

Dunham Lean-To

246.9

Trail leaves Finger Lakes National Forest

249.8

Enter Texas Hollow State Forest

254.2

Rogers Hill Lean-To

255.9

Cross NY 228

257.2

Enter Connecticut Hill WMA.  Orange Blazed Van Lone Hill Loop Trail goes left.  Thru hikers may camp anywhere in the WMA.

265.8

Junction of Bob Cameron Loop.  Soon is the Connecticut Hill Summit (2099 feet)

270.7

Rieman Woods Bivouac Area

272.9

Enter Robert Tremen State Park

276.4

Sierra Shelter in Robert Treman State Park

277.1

Cross under NY 13/34/96 along Enfield Creek

277.3

Cross Cayuga Inlet.  Lowest point along whole Finger Lakes Trail at 430 feet.

277.7

Lick Brook Falls in Sweedler Nature Preserve.

285.1

Enter Danby State Forest

286.0

Chestnut Lean-To

286.9

Junction with the orange blazed Abbott Loop

292.2

Tamarack Lean-To

299.6

Enter Shindagin Hollow State Forest

300.0

Mile 300 is just west of Braley Road

302.7

Shindagin Lean-To

306.6

Enter Potato Hill State Forest

310.6

Reach NY 79

311.2

Enter Robinson Hollow State Forest

312.0

Side trail leads 0.1 mile to Kimmie Lean-To

313.2

Enter Hammond Hill State Forest.  Entering Tompkins County.

318.3

Cross NY 38

323.7

Enter Kennedy State Forest

328.6

Foxfire Lean-To

332.5

Virgil Mountain summit (2132 feet)

336.0

Enter Tuller Hill State Forest

337.4

Woodchuck Hollow Lean-To

341.2

West River Road and start of six mile road walk.

343.8

Small hamlet of Blodgett Mills

344.1

Reach and follow US 11

346.0

Cross under I-81 along Hoxie Gorge Rd

347.1

Enter Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve

347.6

Hoxie Gorge Bivouac Area.  Soon after is a side trail leading to Hoxie Gorge Lean To

354.1

Enter Baker School House State ForestCCC Pool Bivouac Area located 0.1 mile south of road.

356.4

Cross NY 41

356.6

Enter Taylor Valley State Forest

362.9

Cheningo Creek Bivouac Area

363.0

Kiosk & Cheningo Day Use Area

366.2

Enter Cuyler Hill State Forest

369.4

Wiltsey Glen Bivouac Area

370.0

Side trail leads to Rose Hollow Bivouac Area

372.7

Junction with Blue Blazed "Onondaga Trail".  FLT follows blue blazed trail for 0.9 mile.

373.6

Follow Cuyler Hill Rd.  Road walk next 3.4 miles.

377.0

Enter Mariposa State Forest

377.7

Paridise Garden Lean-To

383.4

Junction with blue blazed "Link Trail"

385.7

Enter Bucks Brook State Forest

387.2

Ridge Road Bivouac Area

388.2

Bucks Brook State Forest Bivouac Area

390.3

Reach and follow NY 26 for 0.3 miles

390.6

Enter Otselic State Forest at DEC Parking Area for Otselic River.

394.8

Winston Braxton Memorial Bench

396.8

Enter Pharsalia WMA

398.9

Side trail leads 0.4 miles to Perkins Pond Lean To

399.5

Side trail leads 0.1 to Johnson Pond Bivouac Area

400.0

Mile 400 is just east of the Johnson Street crossing.

400.9

Side trail leads to Lower Pond Bivouac Area

401.5

Canastawacta Creek Bivouac Area

403.0

Trail follows NY 26 for 0.4 miles

404.1

Enter New Michigan State Forest.  Junction of the blue blazed Plymouth Loop Trail.

409.4

Berry Hill Fire Tower is 0.2 mile to the right

409.8

Enter McDonough State Forest

411.6

Enter Bowman State Park

413.3

Re-enter McDonough State Forest

414.8

Cross NY 220

415.3

Re-enter McDonough State Forest

415.8

Shortcut Road Bivouac Area

418.1

Enter Ludlow Creek State Forest

419.0

Side trail leads to Ludlow Creek Lean-To

425.5

Reach NY 12 and soon cross the Chenango River

430.2

Enter Basswood State Forest

433.1

Enter Wiley Brook State Forest

434.2

Side trail leads 0.1 mile to Wiley Pond Bivouac Area.  Next camping is 27 miles.

440.4

Reach NY 206 and follow into Bainbridge, NY

442.3

Cross Susquehanna River on NY 206 bridge, then go under I-88

449.6

Reach and follow NY 8 to Church Street into Masonville

450.9

Masonville Creek Bridge

451.7

Enter Beals Pond State Forest

456.5

Enter Artic China State Forest

461.4

Cold Spring Lean-To

462.2

Cross NY 8 and enter Steam Mill State Forest / Barbour Brook State Forest

465.4

Dry Brook Road Bivouac Area

466.0

Dry Brook Lean-To

467.3

Reach County Route 27.  Road walk for next 15 miles.

476.3

Reach and follow NY 10 for 2.5 miles.  Village of Walton is 4 miles to the east.

478.4

Cross bridge over West Branch of the Delaware River.

482.8

Enter Bear Spring Wildlife Management Area

492.1

Reach NY 30 and follow for 0.4 mile.  Road walk next 5+ miles.

492.5

Turn on Corbett Road and cross East Branch of the Delaware River

495.6

Enter Catskill Forest Preserve

497.7

Turn left onto Trout Pond Trail.

499.2

Campbell Brook Bivouac Area

500.0

Mile 500 is the high point of the trail while on Campbell Mountain.

500.7

Campbell Mountain Lean-To

501.8

Cross NY 206

503.5

Brock Mountain summit (2760 feet)

503.8

Flat Rock Bivouac Area

506.7

Split Rock Lookout

508.9

Mary Smith Hill summit (2942 feet)

512.0

Middle Mountain summit (2975 feet)

512.7

Beech Hill summit (2844 feet)

514.9

Cabot Mountain summit (2970 feet)

515.0

Beaverkill Vista

520.8

Alder Lake Bivouac Area

522.8

Beaver Meadow Bivouac Area

522.9

Beaver Meadow Lean-To

524.1

Highest point along Mill Brook Ridge (3480 feet)

527.0

Highest point along whole FLT (3660 feet) - just 0.2 miles from summit of Balsam Lake Mountain

527.2

Side trail leads 0.2 miles to Balsam Lake Mountain Lean-To

531.2

Beaverkill Campsite #1

531.6

Beaverkill Campsite #2

532.1

Beaverkill Campsite #3

532.5

Fall Brook Lean-To

534.3

Reach the end of Wild Meadow Road.  Next 13.2 miles is on roads

539.5

Reach Claryville

540.0

Claryville Post Office

540.4

Claryville General Store

545.8

Denning Road Bivouac Area

547.4

Denning Road Trailhead

548.6

Eastern terminus of Finger Lakes Trail at the junction of the Long Path

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