Mount Tuscarora Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Mount Tuscarora Trail is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salamanca, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

9.4 miles
2276 feet
Out & Back



wild flowers



Directions from Salamanca, NY: Take SR 17 to Exit 18 which is 11 miles west of Salamanca. Take SR 280 south to reach the Quaker area. The trail begins immediately south of the Quaker Lake entrance. Parking is along the road.

2 days ago

We did the fire tower portion of Mount Tuscarora Trail which is approximately 5.2 miles round trip. the first mile or so was pretty steep but we made it through and were rewarded with an easy to moderate hike across the ridge of the mountain to the fire tower. I was expecting to be able to climb the fire tower to get some nice pictures of the surrounding Lake and mountains but the fire tower was run down and even though we could still climb the view is obstructed by many large trees so no photograph opportunity was available. overall the hike was rough for the minimum amount of Photography opportunities. we did get to take a picture of our first sighting of a deer while we were up there and a bright orange mushroom but other than that not a lot to write home about.

9 days ago

Just hiked about half of this trail yesterday. Don't be scared of the uphill beginning! It's a good climb, but it's beautiful forest under the tree canopy and once you hit he ridge top it's really flat. Because of time constraints and being with an inexperienced hiker, we were planning on just hiking to the fire tower and back. We got maybe 5 minutes away from the tower and a black bear cub popped out into the trail about 100 feet or so ahead of us. We and the cub just froze and looked at each other...we started to back away and he took off and ran. We didn't know where mama was and there was also a storm coming and we could hear thunder, so we just decided to turn around and head back. We maybe got 2 miles deep (4 round trip). Great trail, very very well marked. Can't wait to go back and do the whole thing!

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22 days ago

This is the Mt. Tuscarora Trail in the Allegany State Forest in the Southern Tier. It's a nice little hike up to a fire tower which you would have to be crazy to climb yet based on the graffiti some have. Not much in the way of views but it is still nice with the sun shining through the leaves.

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4 months ago

I entered by thw quaker lake trail head.nice jaunt through some beautiful country. Gets kinda steep at the top so be experienced if you have a heavier pack. other than that not to bad great views when the leaves are gone.

5 months ago

I parked at the trailhead at Quaker Lake and used this trail as my connection the the North Country Trail for a 2 day backpacking trip on the NCT. As the other reviewers have said the first mile is all up. not too bad but the last like 200 yards are no joke lol. But overall it was a nice trail with some nice views along the way.

9 months ago

Great trail without the leaves you can enjoy quite the view

10 months ago

tough initial climb, relatively simple hike across ridge thereafter. few spectacular views, but a solid hike.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Nice trail first mile is basically all uphill. Great views in the spring or fall of quaker lake and the allegheny reservoir!!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Very steep! Not too good for backpacking with overnight bags.