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North Country Trail

Baker School House
State Forest


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This short 2.7 mile section of the North Country Trail travels mostly through Baker School House State Forest, with the last 0.9 miles near NY 41 traveling through PRIVATE PROPERTY. This stretch of the NCT coincides with the Finger Lakes Trail and has white blazes.

Directions: From Syracuse take I-81 south to Exit 10. Turn right on NY 41 to McGraw. In the village turn right on Clinton Street, then veer right onto Spring Street. Spring Street will become McGraw-Marathon Road. Turn left on Baker School House Road. Drive 0.9 miles to where the NCT turns left into the forest. There is a yellow Finger Lakes Trail sign at the trailhead. The GPS coordinates are N42 34.479 W76 01.566 for those who have a GPS devise.

FROM THE FLTC on March 30, 2016 -> Landowner Issue The trail exiting NY 41 heading west is temporarily closed due to a landowner issue. Use Baker Schoolhouse Road and NY 41 to detour around this closure.

North Country Trail/Finger Lakes Trail in Baker Schoolhouse State Forest

Mile Elevation Description
0.0 1528 feet

Turn left off Baker School House Rd following the white blazed trail into the forest. Entering Baker School House State Forest. Limited shoulder parking. GPS coordinates are N42 34.479 W76 01.566

0.9 1773 feet  Cross seasonal DEC Forest Road
1.1 1881 feet Reach high point on Nottage Hill.
1.6 1527 feet Reach PRIVATE PROPERTY. As of 3/30/2016 the trail is CLOSED here. DO NOT TRESSPASS.

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