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The 6684 acre Hemlock-Canadice State Forest is located in Livingston County and Ontario County.  This state forest features two beautiful lakes and 14 miles of hiking trails. These two lakes are mostly free of any lakeside homes and are the water source of the city of Rochester.  This is a popular recreational destination, although there are stricter rules due to the crystal clear water for the city of Rochester.  There is NO CAMPING allowed anywhere in this state forest.

There is a small park off Rix Hill Road near NY 15A.  The park features great views of Hemlock Lake, picnic tables, grills and a pavilion. 

Here are the most popular hiking trails in this state forest:

Bur Oak Trail - This trail has two trailheads, one on Blank Road and the other on Rix Hill Road.  It is located north of Hemlock Lake.

Walnut Trail - This trail follows an old road near the northwestern shore of Hemlock Lake.  You find the ruins of foundations of the former homes that once was on the lake.  There are a couple of deep ravines the trail traverses.  After the second deep ravine the trail fizzles out eventually.  The trail travels about 0.75 miles.  The GPS coordinates for the trailhead is N42 46.653 W77 37.106 for those who have a GPS device.

Northern Hemlock Lake Trail - This trail is a popular biking trail that follows an old road about three miles on the eastern shore of Hemlock Lake.

Southern Hemlock Lake Trail - Another trail on the southeastern shore of Hemlock Lake.  The parking area is near a boat launch.

Willow Oak Trail - This trail follows an old woods road to Town Line Falls.  It continues as a loop near Reynolds Gully, however most people only go as far as the waterfall.  Most of the time the waterfall is nothing more than a drip. Pick a day after a lot of rain or snowmelt if you truly want to see the falls in all it's glory.  It is a short hike to the falls. If you do the whole trail it is a round trip of 1.5 miles.  The GPS coordinates of the trailhead is N42 40.570 W77 35.187 for those who have a GPS device.

Rob's Trail - This trail was built in 2008 by the Nature Conservancy as a memorial to honor the memory of Rob van der Stricht, a board chair who passed away in 2006.  You'll find a nice large parking area just off NY 15A. The GPS coordinates are N42 43.284 W77 35.347 for those who have a GPS device. 

Canadice Lake Trail - this trail follows an old road along the whole western shore of Canadice Lake.  There is a side trail on the northern section that gives you a nice view of the spillway of Canadice Lake.  The southern section features a side loop trail called the cattails trail.

There are many other trails in this state forest, although they do not get as much action and you may find them less maintained.  Look below for a few maps and a few pictures of Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. 

Old foundation along the Walnut Trail

Canadice Lake

Walnut Trail

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