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North Country National Scenic Trail Association

Central New York Chapter

                  CNY NCTA CHAPTER EVENTS

                        2019                                 


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.


Sat. February 16 – 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 roundtrip.  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.


Sat. March 2 – Snowshoe Hike, Madison County Distillery to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Easy) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076)  This hike will take us over a scenic woodland trail from the new Madison County Distillery to the Art Park and back.  Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles roundtrip.  Meeting time and place: 1:30 p.m., parking lot at Madison County Distillery, 2412 Route 20 East, Cazenovia.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat. March 9 – Snowshoe Hike, Madison County Distillery to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (Easy) Coordinator Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292)  This hike will take us over a scenic woodland trail from the new Madison County Distillery to the Art Park and back.  Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles roundtrip.  Meeting time and place: 1:30 p.m., parking lot at Madison County Distillery, 2412 Route 20 East, Cazenovia.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sun. April 7 – Recreational Hike, Damon Road to Irish Hill Rd (Easy with rolling hills)  Coordinator Steve Kinne (315-882-3684) Explore a portion of the Link Trail and North Country Trail in Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area. Discover stands of deciduous and conifer trees, old homestead foundations, and fossils in the creek bottoms. Hiking Distance: 3 miles roundtrip. Meeting time and place: 1:30 pm. at the parking lot on Damon Rd, New Woodstock where the Link Trail crosses (2.4 miles east of Rt. 13 in New Woodstock). 1.4 miles qualify for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat., May 11 –  NCT/Link Trail Spring Wildflower Hike (Easy)  Coordinator Mary Dineen (315-424-1284 ) Assistant Coordinator Kathy Eisele (315-558-9912) Join us for a Spring Wildflower Hike.  What varieties will we see:  Trillium, Trout Lily, Spring Beauty?  Hiking Distance:  About 2 miles roundtrip.  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. Joint Hike with ADK-ON. Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat., May 18 – Spring Birding Hike (Easy) – Coordinator Steve Kinne  (315-882-3684)                 

A slow, quiet hike on a section of the Link Trail of Madison County from Damon Rd. 1/2 mile south to the beaver dam complex.  This is late spring bird migration time, and we'll see how many birds we can identify by sight/sound.  A new clear cut adjacent to the trail may bring in some additional species. Bring binoculars, and any identification keys you like (e.g. books, birding apps). Hiking Distance: About 1 mile roundtrip.  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. June 8 – Spring Birding Hike (Easy) - Coordinator Steve Kinne  (315-882-3684)  Hike along the Erie Canal towpath in Wampsville (this is also a section of the North Country Trail.)   We'll listen and look for the variety of birds that inhabit the trees, shrubs, and fields surrounding the canal.  Hiking Distance: About 1.5 miles roundtrip.  Meeting time and place: 9:00 a.m. at the Erie Canal parking area on N. Court St. in Wampsville (1 mile north of Rt 5 in Wampsville). Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Thurs. June 13 – Work Session.  Rescheduled due to change of project plans.  Time and date to be announced.


Sat. June 22 – Naturalist Hike (Easy) – Coordinator Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292)  Hike a section of the Link Trail of Madison County while learning to identify some of our local plants and wildlife. Hiking Distance: about 2 miles roundtrip. Meeting time and place: 9:00 a.m. Trailhead on Dugway Road (2.5 miles east of Rt 13 in Sheds).  To carpool from Cazenovia, meet at the south end of Cazenovia Lake at 8:30 a.m.


Thurs. June 27 – Work Session, Steps on North Side of Bingley Rd – Coordinator Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292)  Meeting Time and Place: 9:00 a.m., Parking area at intersection of Emhoff Rd and Bingley Rd.


Sat. July 27 – Recreational Hike on the Link Trail (Moderate) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076) – We'll explore the southern end of the Link Trail where it meets the Finger Lakes Trail.   Hike Distance: 5 miles roundtrip.  Meeting Time and Place: 9:00 a.m.  Trailhead on Crumb Hill  Rd. (County Hwy 58), 4.5 miles east of State Route 13 in DeRuyter.  To carpool from Cazenovia, meet at the south end of Cazenovia Lake at 8:30 a.m.


Sat. August 17 – Young Forest Initiative Hike (Easy) Coordinator Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292) – The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Young Forest Initiative is creating selected areas within the Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area to provide habitat for animal species that require open space with new growth.  Some of these areas are adjacent to the North Country Trail.  A DEC representative will lead this hike and explain the processes and objectives of the Young Forest Initiative.  The group will hike south from the Damon Rd parking area and will do some off-trail exploration around the clearcut area. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants and sleeves, and bring water and insect repellent.

Hiking Distance: 3 miles roundtrip. Meeting Time and Place: 9:00 a.m. Parking lot on Damon Rd, New Woodstock where the Link Trail crosses (2.4 miles east of Rt. 13 in New Woodstock).


Sun., August 18 –  NCT/Link Trail Summer Wildflower Hike (Easy)  Coordinator Mary Dineen (315-424-1284 ) Assistant Coordinator Kathy Eisele (315-558-9912) Join us for a mid-Summer Wildflower Hike.  What varieties will we see:  New England Asters, Joe-Pye-Weed, Jewelweed?  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. Joint Hike with ADK-ON.  Qualifies for NCTA Hike 100 Challenge.


Sat. Sept. 28 The North Country Trail Day hike on Sept 28 at the Clark Hill State Forest has been changed.  


New Location: section of the North Country Trail from Chenango Street (Cazenovia) to Stone Quarry Art Park (and return)

TIme: 9 - 11:30 a.m.    (North Country Trail Day Hike)

Coordinator: Steve Kinne (for questions email him at at2hike@yahoo.com  or call 315-882-3684)


Meeting time and place: 9 a.m. Vet Field on Chenango Street (0.2 mile north of trailhead) at 8:45 am. Note: do not park in the adjacent VFW lot as there is a pancake breakfast that morning.


Description: an relatively easy hike through woods, fields, and hedgerows for most of the way and with a moderate uphill hike to the art park. Return via the same route. The general theme will be autumn nature and we’ll look for interesting flora and fauna along the way. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and clothes appropriate for weather. Suggest long pants and repellant use for tick precaution. Recommend bringing water and maybe a snack... and consider bringing binoculars and a camera.


Sun., Oct. 20 – ANNUAL MEETING – Coordinator: Mark Wadopian (315-345-3292)   Public invited.  Learn about our Central NY North Country Trail Association Chapter and socialize with other hikers.  Refreshments, short business meeting and a program presentation.  The program will include presentation of winning entries in our 2019 North Country Trail photo contest.  Meeting time and place:  1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Sullivan Free Library, 101 Falls Blvd, Chittenango, NY.


Sun. Nov. 10 – Fish Survey on Canastota Creek (Easy) Coordinator Scott Sellers (315-440-7076) – Join us for a demonstration of fish survey procedures where the North Country Trail crosses Canastota Creek, led by students in the Environmental Biology Program at Cazenovia College.  We will find out what fish species inhabit the creek. Hiking distance: Less than ½ mile each way.  Meeting Time and Place: 2:00 p.m.  Parking area on Oxbow Rd., 0.8 mile south of Rt 5 in Canastota.


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Central NY Chapter NCT Executive Committee Meetings:  Second Tuesday of January, March, May, September and November



Hikers' Notes:



The Cortland DEC office has informed us that there will be a logging project going on in the TWMA that will necessitate closing a portion of the dead end  trail south Dugway. The section between Dugway in the DC pond will be signed but not fully closed. However, the portion from the DEC pond and above will be closed due to this extensive project (probably beginning this June and potentially taking up to two years to complete).


This project will consist of a clear-cut and is designed to create meadowland. It will essentially wipe out portions of our existing trail. This will necessitate a re-routing of the trail around the cleared area once the project is complete.


Details to follow.





Revised 1/19/2019