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Jenksville

 

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The 1349 acre Jenksville State Forest is located in the towns of Berkshire and Newark Valley in northeastern Tioga County. Jenksville State Forest is a popular area for outdoor recreation.  The activities in this state forest include hunting, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, horseback riding, snowshoeing, mountain biking, trapping, and cross-country skiing.   ATV use is prohibited on State Forests. There is a formal trail system within the forest.

Our favorite hike within this state forest is the 4.1 mile Allison Hill Loop and is recommended to anyone who is looking to explore this state forest.  This loop includes a surprisingly nice view point.

Directions to Jenksville State Forest

From Owego take NY 38 north to County Route 33 north. Follow Rt. 33 to either Allison Hill Road (on the right) or Ford Hill Road ( also on the fight). Turn left onto either of these road to access the forest. Allison Hill Road will only access a small portion of the forest in the southwestern corner. It then heads south and out of the forest.

If using Ford Hill Road, follow for about 1.5 miles and then bear right at the fork in the road onto Baker Road. Baker Road will take you through the main portion of the forest. It comes out of the forest and becomes Shirley Road heading south back towards NY 38.

Travel NY 38 about one mile past the town of Newark Valley to Tappan Road. Turn left, then right on Howard Hill Road. Follow this one mile to Shirley Road. Veer right onto it and go north 1.8 miles to the small parking area and kiosk on the right hand side of the road.  There is also an equestrian parking lot at the western side of the forest. Continue on Howard Hill Road to the next turn at Allison Hill Road. The large lot is about two miles north on this road.

 

Jenksville State Forest Trail System

The 12 mile Jenksville State Forest Multiple Use Trail System was designed to offer family-based recreation for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and cross-county skiing. Trails are available to serve beginner and intermediate users. The trails are marked with circular trail makers. All trails are designed by color and number. Trail head parking is provided in two location-a small lot on Baker Road and a larger lot (to accommodate horse trailers) on Allison Hill Road.

The trails are classified by the user's ability. Beginner trails have very gentle slopes and are fairly short in length. Intermediate trails have gentle to somewhat steep slopes and are moderate in length. Advanced trails have gentle to steep slopes and some sections with difficult side slopes. These trails are usually longer in length than intermediate trails.

Eastern Section: (3.6 miles) this includes the #1` through #5 red marked trails. The entrance to all of these trails is via the gravel road that goes east to the WSKG transmission tower. Watch for R1 that branches off but parallels this road for a ways on the left. R2 starts to their right and this take-off point sometimes is hard to spot. The only significant pitch in this section is where R4 follows the eastern forest border.

Western Section: (8.6 miles) Trail B7 enters the spruce forest and joins up with an old logging road. Use of a compass is suggested in this area because many of the blue trails are sinuous. B1 makes a complete loop to add to the confusion.  The western half of the Western Section is all marked with yellow markers. This color change aids orientation. Access this half via the initial Y1 trail. Follow Y4 to the extreme western end for a trip through a cleared plantation and a view over the adjacent pastures of Jenksville in the Owego Creek Valley (West Branch).

Red Trails- Total length 3.6 miles

  • Trail 1- beginner trail .5 miles long

  • Trail 2- beginner trail .5 miles long

  • Trail 3- beginner trail .1 miles long

  • Trail 4- beginner trail 1.4 miles long

  • Trail 5- intermediate trail 1.1 miles long

Trail 1 utilizes an access road leading to the radio tower. Trails 2, 3, 4, and 5 are narrow trails that meander though the forest.

Blue Trails- Total length 5.1 miles

  • Trail 1- intermediate trail 1.1 miles long

  • Trail 2- beginner trail .4 miles long

  • Trail 3- advanced trail 2.1 miles long

  • Trail 4- intermediate trail .4 miles long

  • Trail 5- intermediate trail .3 miles long

  • Trail 6- advanced trail .4 miles long

  • Trail 7- intermediate trail .4 miles long

  • Trail 7- intermediate trail .4 miles long

The blue trails have the highest elevation, 1690'. Therefore, these trails are probably best suited for cross-country skiing. Trails 1 and 7 utilize old logging roads and fire lanes. Trails 2,3, 4, 5 and 6 are narrow trails that meander through the forest.

Yellow Trails-Total length 3.5 miles

  • Trail 1- intermediate trail 1.3 miles long

  • Trail 2 -intermediate trail .1 miles long

  • Trail 3- intermediate trail .7 miles long

  • Trail 4- intermediate trial 1.4 miles long

The Yellow trails primarily utilize old fire lands and roads. Some sections of Trails 1,2 and 4 are narrow trails that meander though the forest. The westernmost point of Trail 2 provides a scenic view of Jenksville and the valley to the south. From this point, the trail runs northeast through a clear-cut that was harvested in 1993. The goal of the harvest was to convert the softwood stand planted in 1941 to natural hardwoods and to provide a seedling/sapling forest type which is in decline in this landscape. There is a large red oak tree along Trail 4. This old open grown tree is 60' in diameter and approximately 200 years old.

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