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North Country Trail

Slader Creek
 & Klipnocky
State Forests


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This six mile section of the North Country Trail features Slader Creek and Klipnocky State Forests. The NCT coincides with the white blazed Finger Lakes Trail along this stretch of trail.

This section begins as you leave Slader Creek Road with an elevation of 1590 feet.  Expect your feet to get wet as you ford Slader Creek.  The trail starts off on private property as you briefly follow a tractor lane near a barn.  As you climb uphill look behind you for some views.  At 0.6 miles you leave private property and enter Slader Creek State Forest as the trail enters the woods.  Look behind you for one last view before entering the woods. At 1.1 miles there is a blue blazed trail on your left that leads 0.15 mile to a campsite with an outhouse. At 2.05 miles reach an elevation of 2063 feet and the highest point on this section. At 2.1 miles the trail turns left and enters Klipnocky State Forest. 

Klipnocky State Forest is located in the Towns of Almond, Birdsall and Burns in Allegany County. It covers 2,634 acres and borders both Slader Creek State Forest and Gas Springs State Forest.  Klipnocky State Forest occupies some extremely rocky and remote country.  The NCT skirts the edges of several old quarries within the state forest and passes a couple of ponds, which also make good camping spots for backpackers. Here also the trail crosses the divide between the Saint Lawrence and Susquehanna River drainages. At 4.3 miles the trail crosses an old forest access road and begins a long descent toward North Almond Valley Road, which is the end of this section at six miles.  There is very little parking available along seasonal dirt Gas Springs Road at the end of this section.  Look below for a few pictures, detailed description of the trail and a map of this section of the NCT.


Klipnocky State Forest lies approximately four miles southwest of the Village of Canaseraga and is accessible via several town roads and State Forest roads leading from County Route 13C (Slader Creek Road) in the north and County Route 32 (North Almond Valley Rd) in the south.  The GPS coordinates for the Gas Springs Road trailhead are N42 22.152 W77 49.442.  The GPS coordinates for the corner of Roots Rd/Bill Morris Rd are N42 23.759 W77 48.826.

Bill Morris Road

North Country Trail at Gas Springs Road


Mile Elevation North Country Trail Description  (Follow white blazes)
0.0  1590 ft

This section begins as the trail turns off Slader Creek Road. Limited shoulder parking. GPS N42 26.021 W77 49.439 Cross Slader Creek (expect your feet to get wet). Take tractor lane to left of barn, then veer left and head uphill. NOTE: Landowner requests that blue gate near hilltop is left as you found it (either open or closed).

0.6 1857 ft

Views. Enter woods and Slader Creek State Forest.

1.1 1945 ft

Blue blazed trail on left leads 0.15 mile to campsite and outhouse.

2.05 2063 ft

Highest point along this section of trail.

2.1 2053 ft

Trail turns left.  Bordering and entering Klipnocky State Forest.

2.25 1960 ft

Trail veers right.

2.55 2034 ft

Trail skirts first of two ponds.

2.65 2038 ft

Turn right on dirt Bill Morris Road. Some parking. GPS N42 24.161 W77 48.810 Campsite and soon pass second pond.

3.1 2016 ft

Turn left on Roots Road. Shoulder parking. GPS N42 23.759 W77 48.826

3.3 2038 ft

Left off road into woods.  Trail travels through old quarry area.

4.0 1874 ft

Cross stream, then trail register.

4.3 2040 ft

Cross dirt road.

5.3 1873 ft

Trail reaches remnants of old road.  Soon regular dirt road on right.

5.65 1712 ft

Leave Klipnocky State Forest.  Following Gas Springs Road now.

5.95 1594 ft

Reach County Route 32 and the end of this section.  For a continuation of the NCT see Bully Hill State Forest.

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