Explore the most popular walking trails in Kennedy State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome trail with lots of elevation changes and scenery changes as well. Not an easy trail but definitely hikeable for most.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail length is actually 1.1 miles. Grades are moderate throughout, and the Norway spruces are really nice. The trail is entirely on private land adjacent to Kennedy State Forest. However, the side trip to Foxfire Lean-To does take hikers into Kennedy SF. Total length of hike if side trip to Foxfire is included is 2.5 miles.

walking
4 months ago

Great trail. Did this hike while there was about three inches of snow on the ground, and it wasn’t too terrible to walk in. My dog loved this walk, and it had some nice views.

My only negative comment was that there was no place to park. I ended up parking in front of a seasonal road sign, and let a note stating I was on a hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Pleasant forest trail with a few good views and just enough elevation change to keep it interesting.

trail running
7 months ago

This is a very popular route for trail runners as well as hikers. In July there is the forest frolic race on this Figure 8 Loop. About 160 Runners took part in this race in 2017.

although one mile of this 4.2 mile Loop is on a seasonal Road 75% of it is in the woods. there has been a recent reroute to eliminate a muddy section. for those wishing to avoid most of the seasonal Road the Kuzia Cutoff can be taken to create a 3.1 mile Loop.

this was a beautiful trail however I would say its easy. most of the way you follow an old road and for a little bit you follow an actual trail. beautiful hike though

Great trail, interesting terrain, well-marked but helpful to have a map because it starts and ends on the FLT, so the second half isn't marked as a separate trail.

snowshoeing
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Did this hike just after Christmas. There were about 12 inches of snow on the ground. I used snowshoes with pretty decent teeth. It was a great hike. Lots of water to cross, had to remove snowshoes a couple times because the stream was too wide to jump over. Trail comes up behind chair two of Greek Peak ski resort. View was very pretty when you come out under the power lines. Well marked where it gets a bit tricky. Very enjoyable.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

I parked in the grassy area on the corner of Odell and Bladwin rd. And the took the trail beginning with the wooden bridge on Odell rd. (There is no trailhead sign from what I saw). Then just follow the white markings. The first half of the trail was beautiful! Through the woods and very well marked, when you come out of the woods at the top the view is very pretty! I was not a huge fan of walking the rest of the trail primarily on exposed gravel road (and neither was my pup). Also of note, the trail markers change from white paint to orange paint by the electrical towers. I thought I was lost because I noticed no more white stripes, so I took a different way and luckily found someone who pointed me in the right direction. They said that following the towers would also have brought me to the right place.

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

This is NOT A trail. this is a seasonal road that is a loop. be prepared for some mud! was definitely disappointed when I got here to find out its not a trail at all. however if you follow the road you will find a fingerlakes trail.

hiking
Saturday, December 05, 2015

Walked this trail this afternoon combined with Virgil Mt. Area Loop for a 9.1 miles figure 8 hike. Beautiful view of the Valley from "Stone Pile Junction" and an overall nice trail even if muddy at times. Conditions were perfect for a late fall hike with temperature in the mid to high 40s and blue, sunny sky!

hiking
Saturday, December 05, 2015

Walked this trail this afternoon combined with Dabes Diversion Loop for a 9.1 miles figure 8 hike. Beautiful view of the Valley from Greek Peak and an overall nice trail even if muddy at times. Conditions were perfect for a late fall hike with temperature in the mid to high 40s and blue, sunny sky!

on Dabes Diversion Loop

Friday, November 06, 2015

was a good hike but we seen a black bear freaked out an got out of there! super scary!

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

So beautiful! It was pretty muddy, particularly the first mile. (understandable given how much it's rained recently!) Once you got up in elevation the conditions improved. The view from the top of the mountain was stunning. This trail can be combined with with the Dabes-Diversion trail to make a longer hike.

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

Great early morning hike!. With all the rain we've gotten recently, there were understandably a few muddy area, but it wasn't hard to manage. Creek was also a little tricky. The forest is so indescribably beautiful. I even ran into Mr. Dabes himself.

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

Lovely hike. Well marked trails. It has rained quite a bit in the last few weeks and the trails were very muddy. But a fun hike even with lots of mud.

hiking
Saturday, March 07, 2015

I hike this trail many times a year as I live close. I often start on Tone Road to increase the length. Is also great to pick blackberries when they are out. This is my favorite trail to hike as it is great exercise and is like my Home trail.

hiking
Saturday, March 07, 2015

Awesome trails through this forest. Love it and I hike them often.

hiking
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Great hike. We parked on the corner of Bleck Rd and Hauck Hill Rd. Took the trail down into the woods right next to where we parked. The trail leads down hill quite quickly, but it isn't a steep hill, and it leads to a small creek which you cross. It was easy on this day because there wasn't much water in the creek. The trail is well marked and maintained. There are a large number of stone walls along the way. The trail even crosses one or two. Great view at the top of the hill, where the red/orange trail meets the white trail, of the mountains and a large field.

hiking
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Good hike. The trail is marked well and is a vigorous hike. We parked on the corner of Odell Rd. and Baldwin Rd. and walked up Odell to the spot where the trail goes into the woods. A fairly new small wooden bridge spanning the ditch marks the spot. The path took us between small trees and across creek beds. It was very enjoyable. We came out of the woods on Van Donsell Rd. We could have continued across the road and follow the trail into the woods on the other side but we chose to turn right and follow the road instead. We walked the road for quite a distance till we came to an intersection where we turned right again. This road took us down hill a short distance to another intersection where we took yet another right, which took us down a very long steep hill, which turned out to be Baldwin Rd. where we had parked our vehicle. Some of the roads we walked were marked Limited Seasonal Highways and some spots were in poor condition so we didn't drive them like we wanted to to measure how far we had walked. It was a wonderful day and a wonderful hike through the woods. Thanks to the people who keep the trails clean and marked well. My family really appreciate you.

hiking
Sunday, October 20, 2013

A nice walk in the Kennedy Forest (Cortland County) with moderate elevation change... Not much on its own, only about 4 miles (~1h15min), but can be combine with the Virgil Mountain loop for a nice 9 miles trail! I was scouting the trail as i intend to repeat it this winter on snowshoes!

hiking
Sunday, October 06, 2013

A nice enjoyable hike in the woods... The trail was covered with wet leaves (it had rained the night before) and was a little slippery but overall very enjoyable. Well marked trail (both the Finger Lake Trail - white blazed - and the orange trail), which does not seem to be very traveled

hiking
Saturday, July 20, 2013

I try to hike this loop at least once per season, I really like this one and it is pretty well maintained.

Get out here if you can - well worth it!

hiking
Monday, November 19, 2012

This is a great hike taking you to the highest point in Cortland county. It winds through some beautiful forest areas and you can hook up with the Dabes Diversion loop to make a figure 8 hike just under 9 miles.

Don't miss this one!

hiking
Monday, November 05, 2012

A great Cortland county hike. Nice view at the rock pile and the Foxfire lean-to would be a great place for a break or an overnight. The photos look blurry as I had to keep my device in a plastic bag due to the snow, rain & scrapple during the hike.

Combine this with the Virgil Mtn. loop for a figure 8 hike under 10 miles for a great day of hiking.

The only caution is on the creek crossings - some are very tricky when the water is high - look for best spot to cross.

hiking
Saturday, August 07, 2010

did it from tone road which has a 700 ft elevation gain, in .75 miles, a stiff climb for cny standards, a good way to condition your lungs for the catskills,

some veiws for the pwer line row, and a sumit marker

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