50 Hikes in Central New York's Leatherstocking Country

50 Hikes in Central New York's Leatherstocking Country

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50 Hikes in Central New York's Leatherstocking Country by Bill Bowers, Eileen McNulty-Bowers

Rich in Native American and Revolutionary War history, New York State’s Leatherstocking Country is a hiker’s paradise, blessed with a scenic rural landscape and abundant flora and fauna.Longtime central New York residents and avid hikers Bill and Eileen Bowers guide you through some of the best hiking opportunities in central New York, from the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and the Syracuse region to the Southern Tier, the northern Catskills, the Erie Canalway Trail, and much more.The hikes in this addition to in Countryman’s acclaimed Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes series range in length and difficulty from half-mile nature trails suitable for families with children to strenuous daylong treks across rough terrain. A “Hikes at a Glance” table makes it easy to choose hikes for every interest and ability level. Each hike description includes mile-by-mile directions, information on hiking time, mileage, and trail conditions, as well as knowledgeable commentary on the natural and human history you’ll encounter along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881508178
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 06/14/2010
Series: Explorer's Guides Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 856,918
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bill Bowers, a former staff editor at The Lyons Press, now edits outdoors magazines and travel guidebooks, as well as medical and legal textbooks. Bill and Eileen McNulty-Bowers have lived and hiked in central New York for more than 20 years.

Eileen McNulty-Bowers, the former manager of an Arabian horse breeding farm, edits books on everything from gardening to gunsmithing. Eileen and Bill Bowers have lived and hiked in central New York for more than 20 years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 15

I North-The Mohawk Valley and The Adirondack Foothills

1 The Erie Canalway Trail 33

2 Selkirk Shores 38

3 Pixley Falls 42

4 Verona Beach 46

5 Delta Lake State Park 50

6 Rome Sand Plains 55

7 Root Glen 60

8 Utica Marsh 67

9 South Woods Switchbacks 70

10 Moss Island National Natural Landmark 75

11 Canajoharie Gorge 80

12 Landis Arboretum 85

II East-The Susquehanna Hills

13 Van Hornesville Gorge 92

14 Sleeping Lion Trail, Glimmerglass State Park 97

15 Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary 101

16 Lordsland Conservancy 106

17 R. Milton Hick Memorial State Forest 111

18 Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park 117

19 Basswood Pond 120

20 Brookfield Trails 125

21 Arnold Lake State Forest Loop 130

22 Lake of the Twin Fawns Trail, Gilbert Lake 135

23 Delaware-Otsego Audubon Sanctuary 139

24 Robert V. Riddell State Park 145

25 Pine Lake Environmental Campus 148

26 Susquehanna Greenway 153

III South-The Southern Tier

27 Bucks Brook to Otselic Forest Trail 158

28 The Pharsalia Woods 164

29 Rogers Environmental Education Center 169

30 Whaupaunaucau State Forest 174

31 Taylor Valley State Forest 179

32 Kopac Trail, McDonough Forest 185

33 Whitney Point Lake 189

34 Chenango Valley Lakes and Ridges Loops 195

35 The IBM Glen 201

36 Oquaga Creek to Arctic China 204

37 Hawkins Pond Nature Area 209

IV West-From the Onondaga Escarpment to the Allegheny Plateau

38 Baltimore Woods 215

39 Beaver Lake Nature Center 219

40 Three Rivers WMA 223

41 Green Lakes 228

42 Clark Reservation 233

43 Pratt's Falls Park 238

44 Chittenango Falls 243

45 Labrador Hollow 248

46 Highland Forest Long Trail 255

47 Nelson Swamp Unique Area 260

48 Virgil Mountain Loops, Kennedy State Forest 265

49 Fillmore Glen 269

50 Cornell Plantations 273

Bonus Hike 1 Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site 284

Bonus Hike 2 Emmons Pond Bog 289

Bonus Hike 3 Monkey Run 291

Recommended Reading 295

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