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Finger Lakes National Forest
The 0.7 mile Potomac Trail travels through a variety of forest types and follows the edges of one of the numerous ponds in the area. This relatively flat trail has a primitive natural tread and traverses occasional wet areas. It is a great trail to learn cross-country skiing and is also a popular game bird hunting area. It is located near the Potomac Group Campground.
The Potomac Trail network includes the Chicken Coop Trail. It connects with the Interloken Trail and the Potomac Group Campground area. Fishing is allowed in the ponds, following New York State DEC fishing regulations. A nice loop hike can be created utilizing the Potomac Trail network and the Interloken Trail. The Potomac Trail is 0.7 miles long. The Chicken Coop Trail is 2.6 miles long.
Relaxing next to a pond along the Potomac Trail
From the South: Take I-86/NY 17 to Exit 52 (Watkins Glen/NY 14 North). In Watkins Glen, turn right onto NY 414 North. Go approximately 9 miles north, past the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest. 0.5 miles past the Ranger Station, turn right on Schuyler County Route 2. Go east 4.4 miles past County Route 4 to the “Tee” intersection. Turn left onto Potomac Road and look for the signs for the Potomac Group Campground. Continue on to the first or second parking area and then follow the signs and blaze marks.
From the North: Take I-90 to Exit 41 (NY 414 South to Hector, NY). 0.5 miles past Wickham’s Plaza, turn left onto County Route 2, the second asphalt road on the left. Go east 4.4 miles east past County Route 4 to the “Tee” intersection. Turn left onto Potomac Road and look for the signs for the Potomac Group Campground. Continue on to the first or second parking area and then follow the signs and blaze marks.
The GPS coordinates for the parking area is N42 29.609 W76 47.442 for those who have a GPS devise.
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