We will hike the FLT Bristol Hills Branch Trail (Map B3) to Huckleberry Bog and the Bog Nature Trail Loop. This upland bog is located on a plateau west of Keuka Lake in Urbana State Forest, Steuben County.
Climbers will start from the trailhead at Bean Station Rd and take the trail past an old cemetery and climb steadily uphill through a hemlock and oak woods to the state forest and onto the top of the plateau. Climbers will then follow the Bog Nature Trail Loop clockwise and return to Bean Station Rd by way of the main trail (4.5 miles).
Tourists and naturalists will start at a higher elevation from the access at Glen Brook Rd and take the trail northeast to the southern register of the Bog Nature Trail Loop. Tourists will go around the Bog Nature Trail Loop and return to Glen Brook Rd (~3.5 miles). Naturalists will retrace their steps back to Glen Brook Rd (~ 1mile).
Directions to Meeting Location for All Groups
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.
Car pooling is recommended. You can set up your car pool ahead of time or meet at the parking lot for the Mountain View Inn at 12:30.
After Hike Social
The after hike social will be at the Mountain View Inn, 34 Main Street, Atlanta.