Bucks Brook State Forest - loop is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Georgetown, NY that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Park on Ridge Rd. just south of Ratville Rd. Many leaves turning and many on the ground. There was some blow down but the FLT part of the trail is very well maintained and the trail was cleared for hiking. The non FLT part of the hike is a return trip to your car on the dirt Bucks Brook Rd. This is a great hike any time of the year. Look for the FLT signs and enter the forest going easterly, making this loop hike a clockwise loop. The FLT portion has a trail register near Bucks Brook Rd exit and be sure to use it. There was some huge trees down across the trail but the FLT trail maintainers have done a great job opening up the trail for easy walking. Once you reach Bucks Brook Rd. from the forest, turn right and go uphill back to Ridge Rd. and your car. The hike up the hill has a great creek almost all the way and gorge walls that are impressive. Enjoy this hike and be safe.
This hike uses a portion of the Finger Lakes Trail to start and the loop back is on the dirt Bucks Brook Rd. The FLT portion is very well maintained and well marked with white blazes. The dirt road portion follows Bucks Brook roadside and has steep gorge walls making this a very enjoyable all around hike of about 5.5 miles.
You will enjoy this hike and don't forget to thank the folks at FLT for the great job in maintaining this trail.
Part of this hike is on the Finger Lakes Trail and is very well marked and maintained. The rest of the loop (the way back) is on seasonal use Bucks Brook Road and finishes on Ridge Rd. where you can park.
The leg on Bucks Brook road runs with the stream and there are many spots to stop and enjoy the small falls and high gorge walls. Enjoy!!