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Tompkins County Hiking Trails
Abbott Loop Highlights: A 7.5-mile trail in the Danby State Forest, features steep climbs and descents.
Getting There: Main access is on Michigan Hollow Road, 2.4 miles south of the Village of Danby.
Buttermilk Falls State Park Highlights: Upper Buttermilk Falls offers a paved path for easy walking, with a gravel climb at the end.
Getting There: From Ithaca, take Routs 96B south and turn right at the first light after Ithaca College.
Cayuga Nature Center Highlights: Five miles of trails for family hiking through meadows and woodlands in the 133-acre Nature Center.
Getting There: The Nature Center is on Route 89, six miles north of Ithaca.
Cayuga Trail Highlights: The 7.9-mile Cayuga Trail follows Fall Creek through the campus of Cornell University. The trail is marked with orange diamond shaped plastic signs.
Getting There: Trail heads and parking are at Stewart Avenue above Ithaca Falls, the Cornell Plantations Gift Shop, Rat Rock, Freese Road and Monkey Run Road.
Circle Greenway Highlights: Circle Greenway is a 10.5-mile walk around the City of Ithaca.
Getting There: Circle Greenway has no beginning or and. Public parking is available at the Ithaca Commons Stewart Park; the Farmer's Market, the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve at Six Mile Creek and the Center for Theater Arts in Collegetown.
Connecticut Hill State Wildlife Management Area Highlights: The trails follow less traveled dirt roads in the Connecticut Hill State Wildlife Management Area, including a seven- and 10-mile loop.
Getting There: Go south from Ithaca on Route 13. Turn onto Millard Hill Road, just one mile beyond the junction with Routes 34/96. Continue on Millard Hill Road through Trumbull Comers and turn left onto Connecticut Hill Road.
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Highlights: This has 4.2 miles of easy trails through 220 acres of diverse bird sanctuaries. Boardwalks take visitors into a forested swamp, while upland trails wind through the woodlands.
Getting There: Parking is available at the lab.
Cornell Plantations Path Highlights: Seven miles of interconnected trails looping around the Cornell campus, gardens, arboretum and natural areas.
Getting There: Trail heads begin at the east end of Court St., the Center for Theatre Arts in Collegetown, Cornell's A.D. White House, both ends of Beebe Lake and the Cornell Plantations Gift Shop.
Dryden Lake Park Trail Highlights: The four?mile trail follows the abandoned Lehigh Valley railroad bed from the Village of Dryden to the Village of Harford in Cortland County.
Getting There: Parking is available at the trail heads located near Agway on Rt. 13 in the Village of Dryden, Dryden Lake Park and Willow Crossing in the Town of Harford.
East Hill Recreationway Highlights: This 2.2-mile multi-use trail runs parallel to Cascadilla Creek and through a Cornell Plantations Natural Area.
Getting There: Trail heads and parking are at Maple Avenue and Game Farm Road.
Finger Lakes Trail Highlights: The Finger Lakes Trail extends 555 miles from Allegheny State Park eastward to the Catskill Mountains. About 50 miles of trail crosses the southern part of Tompkins County. The trail wanders through large wilderness areas and occasionally along infrequently traveled roads.
Getting There: The numerous trail heads and parking areas, located at roadside crossings, are marked with the 12-inch yellow and green signs of the Finger Lakes Trail.
Hammond Hill State Forest Highlights: Miles of hiking pass through thousands of acres of Hammond Hill State Forest.
Getting There: A parking lot is located on the right side of Hammond Hill Road, half a mile from Irish Settlement Road in the Town of Dryden.
Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve Highlights: About 1.5 miles of easily traveled paths in this Finger Lakes Land Trust Preserve.
Getting There: Go south on Rt. 13 and take the Spencer exit on Rt. 34/96. The preserve is about seven miles south. Robert H. Treman State Park.
Robert H. Treman State Park Highlights: A portion of the Finger Lakes Trails.
Getting There: Take Rt. 13 south of Ithaca and turn right on Rt. 327 towards Enfield.
Shindagin Hollow State Forest Highlights: A portion of the FingerLakes Trail.
Getting There: Take Rte. 79 east towards Caroline. Shindagin Hollow State Forest borders Tioga County in the Town of Caroline.
South Hill Recreationway Highlights: The 2.9-mile trail extends from Hudson Street near South Hill Elementary School to Burns Road between Rt. 79 and Coddingon Road. Passing through forests, open fields and near gorges and creeks. The trail parallels the south rim of Six-Mile Creek gorge.
Getting There: Trail heads and parking are at Hudson Street near South Hill Elementary School.
Taughnnock Falls State Park Highlights: The gorge trail is a dirt path towards Taughannock Falls, offering views of wildlife and the gorge.
Getting There: Taughannock Falls State Park is seven miles north of Ithaca on Rte. 89.
Source: Passport to the Trails of Tompkins County by the Tompkins County Greenway Coalition.
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