Badass Bike Tours of the Southern Finger Lakes Region
When it comes to doing pretty much anything in life, you’ll find that there are three types of people: the quitters or “dropouts,” the amateurs or “normies,” and the experts or “badasses.” We’ve put together a biking booklet for the badasses. Those that can take the heat, accept the challenge, do the extreme. The bike routes in this booklet are not for the inexperienced or amateur riders. They are a collection of the longer routes that we’ve collected over the years from our annual Bike Tioga event, held the first weekend in August. For a copy of this booklet, click “Badass Bike Tours of the Southern Finger Lakes Region.”
Anderson Hill State Forest
554 of predominately unimproved woodland. Located in the Town of Richford, NY, has one hiking and one snowmobile trail.
Beaverdam State Forest
Beaver Dam State Forest encompasses 1,148 acres and is located in the town of Richford on the border of Northern Tioga and Broome County. It is a popular area for recreational activities that can be enjoyed in a forest setting, such as hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, bird watching, nature viewing and fishing from the small brook. Snowmobiling trails in the winter.
Carantouan Greenway (Trails and Wildlands)
Located at Carantouan Greenway, PO Box 441, Sayre, PA 18840.
On-road and woodlands biking and hiking, birding and boating along the complex of trails, parks and amenities following the Susquehanna and Chemung Rivers in the Penn-York Valley. In the New York State side of the Valley. Trails and trees marked for identification. Tree trail guides may be picked up at local Valley libraries or contact the Greenway directly. Trails pass through diverse habitat providing some habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds.
Fairfield State Forest
Located in the town of Candor off of Rt 33 and Lathrop road.
Fairfield State Forest encompasses 815 acres of land in the town of Candor in northern Tioga County. It offers opportunities for recreational activities that are best enjoyed in remote, relatively undisturbed natural forest areas such as hiking, hunting, trapping, mountain biking, camping, and snowmobiling.
Finger Lakes Trail
Located at 6111 Visitor Center Road, Mount Morris, NY 14510.
The Finger Lakes Trail is a footpath for hikers which stretches 560 miles from the PA/NY border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve, crossing beautiful and remote areas of the Southern Tier, including the Town of Richford in Tioga County. Information for obtaining detailed maps is on the website.
Carantouan Greenway Forbidden Path
Length of trails: 1/2 mile. Altitude Extreme 220 feet. USGS Maps: Waverly, Barton. Features: spring, woodlands in Village. Access: Take Rt. 17 (I-86) to exit 60. Go north on Rt. 220 for only a few yards (toward Waverly). Forbidden Path begins in the hollow on your left between I-86 and 17 C. Forbidden Path Trail requires that you go over the embankment to the trailhead. It parallels the RR tracks and ends at the Carantouan Spring, a historic Andaste Indian site. You must use your imagination to picture how in past days of necessity, it was the source of freshwater for traveling hunters.
Jenksville State Forest
Jenksville State Forest is a popular area for recreation. Present activities include hunting, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, horseback riding, snowshoeing, mountain biking, trapping, and cross-country skiing. ATV use is prohibited on State forests. Due to increased use, a formalized trail system has been established. Shirley Road, Newark Valley, New York. Over 11 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult. Elevations vary from about 1300 to over 1650 feet. Excellent woodland views of Jenksville and Speedsville from a hilltop.
Ketchumville State Forest
Ketchumville State Forest encompasses 500 acres of land in the northeastern portion of Tioga County. Its rustic and primitive feel makes it ideal for recreational activities such as hunting, hiking, snowshoeing, bird watching, and nature viewing. Located off Route 38 in the town of Newark Valley.
Michigan Hill State Forest
Michigan Hill State Forest encompasses 1,209 acres of land in the town of Richford in the northern portion of Tioga County. The forest provides numerous opportunities for recreational activities that are enjoyed within a primitive and remote setting, such as hunting and trapping. Fishing is also quite enjoyable off of Route 38.
Oakley Corners State Forest
Corner of Dutchtown and Hullsville Road, Owego, NY. 15 miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails. 1042 acres of scenic views and modest hills. Elevation of 1150 – 1550 feet on a Nordic ski trail area. Oakley Corners State Forest is a popular area for recreation. Present activities include: hunting, boating, hiking, fishing, bird watching, camping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. ATV use is prohibited on State forests. There are two ponds on the forest that receive heavy recreational use in the form of fishing, camping and boating. Due to increased use, a formalized trial system has been established.
Old River Road Trail
Enjoy multi-modal facility two-way bikes, one way traffic west, rollerblading, strolling along newly paved and reconfigured scenic road following Chemung River west out of Waverly, south of RR tracks on Rt. 220. turn west. Exit 60, Rt. 17, park on Broad Street. Six (6) miles, Waverly to Chemung.
Robert and Mary Carver King Nature Preserve
From Route 79 southeast of Ithaca, do south (right) on Route 38 in Richford. Right after the village, at the “55 MPH” sign, turn right on Anderson Hill Road. This will make a right-angle turn to the west. About 0.3-mile up the hill, watch for the entrance (an old logging road) on the right. 161 acres of open fields and a mature hardwood forest. A tributary of the east branch of the Owego Creek runs through the property, forming a beautiful ravine with a series of small waterfalls and a steep slope of hemlock and yellow birch.
Robinson Hollow State Forest
1,402 acres. Located off Rt. 38 in Harford, NY. The State Forest in in the towns of Richford ,Caroline, Harford and Richford. Fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, hunting and trapping, informal camping and bird watching are some of the recreational opportunities that Robinson Hollow offers. The high elevations of this state forest seem to hold snow very well when it has disappeared elsewhere. Four wheel drive may be required.
Shindagin Hollow State Forest
The largest public parcel in Tioga County at 5,265 acres, which actually spills over into neighboring Tompkins County. Located north of Candor, NY on Honeypot Road. There are several recreational trails that offer explorers a one-of-a-kind experience when visiting this forest. Shindagin Hollow State Forest is a well-known place for mountain bicycling. Sixteen miles of mountain bike trails. The Finger Lakes Hiking Trail (FLT) crosses the forest providing a well-marked hiking trail in a forest setting. About 5.7 miles of the FLT is on Shindagin Hollow State Forest. The Shindagin Hollow lean-to, built and maintained by trail volunteers, provides a great resting spot under the shade of towering eastern white pines. The lean-to is located along the trail at geographic coordinates 42.32761 N and -76.32905 W. Four miles of snowmobile trail cross the forest and are maintained by the Candor Valley Rider Snowmobile Club through an AANR. There is 2.5 miles of trails for ATV use by individuals with mobility impairments that possess a Department permit for such use.
Tracy Creek Forest
512 undeveloped acres. Tracy Creek State Forest was purchased in 1933 from several different landowners and covers 512 acres. It is located in the town of Vestal in Broome County and the town of Owego in Tioga County. The forest is named for Tracy Creek which flows north from nearby the forest, to the Susquehanna River. Although no formal trails exist on the forest, access through the woods is good due to extensive trails created by firewood cutters. For over twenty years, the upland hardwoods have been thinned by firewood sales to promote timber growth. Now these trials are used for hiking, skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking. Located off County Routes 41 and 601 (Pennsylvania Avenue) near Owego and Vestal, New York.
Turkey Hill State Forest
Turkey Hill State Forest encompasses 1,108 acres, and is located in the towns of Berkshire and Richford in the northeastern tip of Tioga County. It is a popular area for recreational activities such as hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, bird watching, and nature viewing. Located off Route 38 in the town of Richford. Take Wilson Creek Road to Turkey Hill Road.
Waterman Conservation Center Nature Trails
Miles of trails wander through these 95 acres of upland forest and open meadows with a small gorge. Other sites operated by Waterman include the APALACHIN MARSH (a 50-acre wetland boasting one of the best birding sites in NY). BRICK POND (an excellent wildlife-watching site with beavers, muskrats, waterfowl, shorebirds, and a great variety of songbirds) and HIAWATHA ISLAND (112 acre island refuge and 18 acre mainland riverfront park filled with a variety of wildlife). Phone for details. No dogs, please. Open year round, free to the public. 10 am – 4 pm.
Waverly Glen and Glenwood Trails
Access: Take Rt. 17 (I-86) to exit 60. Go north on Rt. 220 to the stop sign and turn right onto Broad Street. Take the 1st left onto Pine. Stay left to Moore Street and entrance to Waverly Glen Park. There are many trails here used by the Waverly cross-country teams for training. These trails connect to Two Rivers State Park Trails to the North.
Wildwood Nature Reserve
Located at Carantouan Greenway, PO Box 441, Sayre, PA 18840.
Length of trails: 1.2 miles Altitude Extreme 220 feet. USGS Maps: Waverly, Barton. Features: spring, pond, marsh, woods, meadow.
Access: From Waverly. Take 17C east fro about 3 miles. Turn right onto Shepard Road. Proceed for about 1/3 mile and take left into the parking lot of the Wildwood Nature Reserve. Trails and trees marked for identification. Tree trail guides may be picked up at local Valley libraries or contacting the Greenway directly. Trails pass through diverse habitat providing some habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds.