Annual Finger Lakes Trail Howard Beye Winter Hike

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February 18, 2017 @ 9:30 am
Heron Hill Winery, Upper Parking Lot
9301 Co Rd 76
Hammondsport, NY 14840

The Finger Lakes Trail across upstate NY was started in 1962, and for nearly 25 of those years, Howard Beye was THE major volunteer for the organization that tends it. He was a deeply involved trail chair, keeping track of map updates, organizing and training those who adopt portions of our over 900-mile trail system, tracking volunteer hours for every one of them during an annual “census,” arranging Challenge Cost Share projects, and organizing every one of our three to four special work-week projects, the annual “Alley Cats,” and handling the majority of correspondence with the state agencies who host many miles of our trail.


We will hike to Huckleberry Bog on the Bristol Hills Trail and follow the Bog Nature Trail Loop.  This is an upland bog located on a plateau west of Keuka Lake in Urbana State Forest, Steuben County.  Two routes will be offered, one approaching from the north and one from the south.  Both hikes are loop hikes and both ~4.5 miles.

a) Northern Approach. The trail climbs steadily through a hemlock and oak woods to the top of the plateau, going by the Evangeline Shelter and entering Urbana State Forest before reaching the  Bog Nature Trail Loop.

b) Southern Approach.  The hike starts at a higher elevation and directly enters Urbana State Forest.   It will be a somewhat slower hike.   Hikers will follow the Bog Nature Trail Loop and along the way stop at the observation deck to see how the bog looks in mid-winter.

A Bog Nature Trail Guide can be downloaded from the FLTC website.

The Huckleberry Bog Nature Trail is Hike #6 in the FLT Passport book for the Central Portion.  Bring your book and a pencil if you would like to take a rubbing.

Bring water and a lunch that can be eaten on the trail.  Snowshoes may be needed if the snow is deep.

Meeting time

9:30am.  Car pools will leave for the hike at 9:45am.


Meet at Heron Hill Winery, 9301 County Route 76, Hammondsport, NY 14840 in the upper parking lot.

The parking at the trailhead is very limited, so we will leave the majority of the cars at Heron Hill.

The Heron Hill winery will be open from 10-5.  There will not be restrooms at the winery available for us to use prior to the hike.

Directions to Meeting Location

From Springwater: Head south of NY-15 through Wayland. Turn left onto I-390 S. In 15.9 miles, merge onto I-86 E. Take Exit 38 Bath. Turn left onto Washington St (NY 54). In 1.2 miles turn left onto Liberty St to stay on NY 54. Follow NY 54 for 6.7 miles into Hammondsport.

From the Village of Hammondsport turn left on Main St/NY-54A. At the T, turn right onto Pulteney St to stay on NY-54A and go .33 miles.  Turn slight left onto Pulteney St/ CR 76 and go 2.99 miles.  Follow signs and turn left onto the Hill Winery driveway.  Park in the upper parking lot.  Enjoy the view of Keuka Lake.

Directions:From Springwater: Head south on NY 15 to Wayland. Turn left onto NY 21, Turn left in N Cohocton to stay on 21 into Naples. Turn right onto NY 53. Stay on 53 for 13 miles. At 10.4 miles on your trip odometer, you should pass through Prattsburgh. Follow the directions below.

From Prattsburgh, take NY 53 South for 2.6 miles to Bean Station Road.  Turn east on Bean Station Road at the site of a large white warehouse for onions. Go 2.6 miles to the yellow trailhead sign on the right (south) side of the road at a little footbridge over the roadside ditch.  Park on the opposite shoulder but not on the lawn or pull inot a small mowed spot marked “FLT Parking” about 200 feet further east, on the left (north side of the road).  After breaking into groups, tourists and naturalists will caravan to the Glen Brook trailhead.

From Geneseo and Dansville: Take I-390 South to I-86East. In 1 mile,take exit 37 for NY-53. Turn left onto NY-53 and head north for 8.9 miles. Turn right onto Bean Station Road. Continue with the directions From Prattsburgh.

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