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Hiking in Chenango County
New York State Lands
New Michigan State Forest
The 9000 acre New Michigan State Forest is located in the towns of Plymouth and Pharsalia in Chenango County. Access is made easy by the nine mile Civilian Conservation Coprs (CCC) Truck Trail that passes atop a forested plateau and offers visitors many perspectives for understanding the landscape's natural and cultural history.
In 1932 the New Michigan State Forest was established on abandoned farm land to advance conservation principles such as watershed protection and sustained yield timber production. This forest is an integral part of the Chenango Watershed and the larger Susquehanna drainage basin, which eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
Dark stands of planted spruce are interrupted by wide open vistas created after a tornado touched down on the forest in 1998. The roadside fire ponds with laid up stone and neatly channeled waterways recall the fastidious work of the CCC. A woodland cemetery pays tribute to Revolutionary War heros, and the miles and miles of stone walls are monuments to the brute labor necessary for transforming forest into farmland. The cows and plows are gone but the walls remain as a reminder of both a faded agriculture and nature's power to reclaim the fields with lush sylvan growth.
A section of the Finger Lakes Trail travels through the forest. The FLT is marked with white blazes and passes by many of the wall remains in the forest. A blue blazed, Plymouth Trail leads to the Plymouth Lean To and creates a nice loop hike in New Michigan State Forest.
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