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North Country National Scenic Trail Association

Central New York Chapter

                  CNY NCTA CHAPTER EVENTS

                        2018                                 


Come out and meet other members and guests of the Central New York Chapter of the North Country Trail Association.  We look forward to a great season of recreational and work hikes.  If you would like more information about a particular hike or event, call the volunteer coordinator listed in the description.

When you go on a hike, be sure to dress properly, and bring a lunch and water.  Also, bring any medications that you may need, such as for bee stings.  The coordinator will arrange car pooling at the meeting place.  Remember that the coordinators are volunteers; please help them by staying with the group during the event.  Of course, hiking involves risks; anyone participating does so at his/her own risk.


Rating for Difficulty of hike:


      E -  easy, level, less than 4 miles hiking distance

       M - moderate, less than 1000 feet of elevation gain, 4 - 7 miles of hiking distance

       S -  strenuous, 1000 to 2500 feet of elevation gain, 7 - 12 miles of hiking distance


Work Hikes: Work hikes involve trail maintenance or trail construction.  No expertise is needed.  Try one!  The club has tools.  However, if you can bring loppers or a bow saw or a weed whip, that is great.  Also, remember to bring work gloves.


Wed. January 31  Full (Blue & Super) Moon Snowshoe Hike, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Easy)  Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076).  The moon will be full on Jan. 31, but it will also be a blue moon (2nd full moon in a calendar month) and super moon (a full moon that occurs when it is closest to Earth).   Hiking Distance:  About 2 miles.  Meeting time: 5:00 p.m. (the moon will rise at 5:39) Meeting place: main parking lot at top of park driveway. Park entrance is on Stone Quarry Rd, Cazenovia (1/2 mile south of US Rt.20).  Approx. 3/4 mile qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Wed. February 14  Valentines Day Snowshoe Hike, Nelson Swamp (Easy)  Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076) Join us for a snowshoe hike in Nelson Swamp Unique Area.    Hiking Distance:  3 miles.  Meeting time and place:  1:00 p.m., parking lot at Nelson Swamp trailhead on Constine Bridge Rd, Cazenovia (1/2 mile south of intersection of Ballina Rd and Stone Quarry Rd).  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Fri. March 2  Full Moon Snowshoe Hike, Nelson Swamp (Easy)  Coordinator Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292).  Join us for our second full moon hike of 2018.   Hiking Distance:  About 2 miles.  Joint hike with Cazenovia Preservation Foundation.  Meeting time: 6:30 p.m. (the moon will rise at 6:50). Meeting place: Parking lot at Nelson Swamp trailhead on Constine Bridge Rd, Cazenovia (1/2 mile south of intersection of Ballina Rd and Stone Quarry Rd). Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat. March 31  Full Blue Moon Snowshoe Hike, Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area (Easy)  Coordinator Steve Kinne (315-882-3684).  March 31 will bring the second blue moon of 2018.   We will hike north from Damon Rd. along the Link Trail and North Country Trail in Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area under the light of the full moon. Hiking Distance:  About 3 miles.  Meeting time: 5:30 p.m. (the moon will rise at 5:47). Meeting place: Parking lot on Damon Rd, New Woodstock (2.4 miles east of Rt. 13 in New Woodstock). Approx. 1.6 miles qualify for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sun., April 15  Recreational Hike in Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Easy)  Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076).  This will be a loop hike within the Art Park.  Enjoy the view from atop Stone Quarry Hill and numerous works of art as we explore the park's woodland trails and open fields. Meeting time and place:  1:00 p.m., main parking lot at top of park driveway. Hiking Distance: about 2.5 miles.  Park entrance is on Stone Quarry Rd, Cazenovia (1/2 mile south of US Rt.20).  Approx. 3/4 mile qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat., May 5   Spring Birding Hike (Easy)  Coordinator Steve Kinne  (315-882-3684)               

Hike from Damon Rd. 1/2 mile south to the beaver pond.  This is spring bird migration time, so let's see how many birds we can find and identify by sight/sound.  Bring binoculars, and any identification keys you like (e.g. books, birding apps). Hiking Distance: About 1 mile.  Meeting Time: 8:00 AM.   Meeting place: Parking lot on Damon Rd, New Woodstock where the Link Trail crosses (2.4 miles east of Rt. 13 in New Woodstock).


Sat., May 12 NCT/Link Trail Recreation Hike (Moderate) Coordinator Kathy Eisele (315-672-5645) Come out and enjoy a spring hike!  Includes wooded area with a 78-step stairway into a beautiful gorge and then along a rail bed.  Maybe we'll see some birds and wildflowers. Joint hike with Onondaga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.  Hiking distance:  approx. 6.7 miles (Mt Pleasant St. to Cotton's Rd. and return).  Meeting time and place:  9:30 a.m. at Canastota Park & Ride, Thruway Exit 34.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat., June 2  National Trails Day  NCT/Link Trail Wildflower Hike (Easy)  Coordinator Mary Dineen (315-424-1284 ) Join us for a Wildflower Hike.  Last year we identified 57 varieties of wildflowers/plants, including the rarely seen One-flowered Cancer Root.  Joint hike with Onondaga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.  Hiking Distance:  short hike, probably a couple of miles.  Meeting time and place:  1:15 p.m., parking lot at south end of Cazenovia Lake on Rte. 20, just east of NY 92.  We will carpool to Nelson Swamp, since parking there is limited.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.  


Thurs. June 14  Work Hike  Coordinator Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292) We will repair steps and puncheons on the trail near Canastota Creek.  Meeting time and place: 9:00AM at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery trailhead. (0.4 mi. south of Aldi's on Mt. Pleasant Rd [aka Cemetery Rd] in Canastota).


Sun. July 8  Recreational Hike on the Link Trail at Muller Hill (Moderate)  Coordinator Steve Kinne (315-882-3684).  This hike will explore a beautiful section of the Link Trail in Muller Hill State Forest near Sheds, NY.  We'll head north from Muller Hill Road, descend to cross the East Branch of Tioughnioga Creek, ascend Carpenter Hill, then descend the Carpenter Spur Trail into Three Springs State Forest, and return via the same route.  Hiking Distance: 3 miles.  Meeting time and place: 1:00 p.m., Muller Hill Rd at the Link Trail crossing.  From Rt. 13 in Sheds take Rt. 80 east for one mile. Turn right on Carpenter Road and proceed 2.5 miles. Turn left on Muller Hill Rd and proceed 0.7 miles to the trail crossing.


Thurs. July 19  Work Hike  Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076) We will install and repair puncheons on the trail in Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  Meeting time and place:  9:00 a.m., main parking lot at top of park driveway. Park entrance is on Stone Quarry Rd, Cazenovia (1/2 mile south of US Rt.20).


Sat. Aug. 4  Recreational Hike, The Mills of Chittenango Creek Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076)  In the 1800s Chittenango Creek powered numerous mills in Cazenovia.  Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz will lead a hike along the North Country Trail through the Village of Cazenovia to explore several old mill sites.  Joint hike with Cazenovia Preservation Foundation.  Hiking Distance:  About 3 miles round trip.  Meeting time and place: 10:30 a.m. at Buyea's parking lot in Cazenovia. Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Thurs. Aug. 16 Work Hike Coordinator Steve Kinne (315-882-3684)  We will do trail work near the beaver dam south of Damon Rd.  Meeting time and place: 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot on Damon Rd, New Woodstock where the Link Trail crosses (2.4 miles east of Rt. 13 in New Woodstock).


Sat. Sept. 22  Recreational Hike along the Lehigh Valley Railroad  Coordinator Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292)  We will hike the North Country Trail on the path of the old Lehigh Valley Railroad from Bingley Rd to Freber Rd and back (5 mile round trip).  Meeting time and place:  9:00 a.m. at the parking area on Emhoff Rd just north of the intersection with Bingley Rd.  Carpooling is recommended as parking is limited. Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sun., Oct. 21  ANNUAL MEETING   Coordinator:   Mark Wadopian  Public invited.  Learn about our Central NY North Country Trail Assoc. Chapter and socialize with other hikers.  Refreshments, short business meeting and a program presentation.  Program details TBA.  Meeting time and place:  1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sullivan Free Library, 101 Falls Blvd, Chittenango, NY.


Sun. Nov. 4  Tree Identification Hike (Easy), North Country Trail, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to Chenango St. Cazenovia  Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076).  This hike will be guided by a Field Botany class from Cazenovia College under the direction of professor Thad Yorks.  We will explore a wooded section of the Link Trail and North Country Trail from Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to Chenango St. in Cazenovia and identify trees as we hike. Joint hike with Cazenovia Preservation Foundation.  Hiking Distance: 2 miles.  Meeting time and place: 2:00 p.m., main parking lot at top of park driveway. Park entrance is on Stone Quarry Rd, Cazenovia (1/2 mile south of US Rt.20).  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.



OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Central NY Chapter NCT Executive Committee Meetings:  

      Second Tuesday of January, March, May, September and November.  


Annual Meeting:  

      Fourth week in October.


Main North Country Trail Association web site:  

    http://www.northcountrytrail.org