Thursday Morning Hike in the Arnot Forest

Thursday, August 10, 2017  •  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Hike is on 2nd Thursday in August.  

  • Hike rating: Distance - 4.5 miles; Terrain - Easy; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Easy
  • Carpool meeting place: 9:00 a.m. - If carpooling, meet at 8:30 at the EMS parking lot located at 722 S. Meadow Street in Ithaca. Park in the front of the store but at the back of the lot furthest from the store.
  • Event/Trailhead location: 9:30 a.m. - Plan to meet at 9 am at the south entrance to Arnot Forest. From Ithaca take Rt 13 south about 5 miles to Newfield. Turn left on Trumbull Corners Road and immediately right on Main Street. After .4 miles bear left on Van Kirk Road and proceed almost 4 miles. Stay on Van Kirk Road (it takes a sharp left corner) where Irish Hill Road goes straight. Continue 3 more miles until you see the sign. Turn right at the second gravel road (Banfield Road) into Arnot Forest. Parking will be on our left.
  • Contact: Sigrid Connors   607-227-3786

This is an easy, mostly downhill hike of about 4.5 miles. The Arnot Teaching and Research Forest is located in the hilly, forested area of Van Etten and Newfield, New York. Cornell University took ownership of the area in 1927 and has since expanded the forest to include over 4000 acres of upland hardwood forest, hemlock groves, and grassland. The resources are actively managed for timber production and maple products. Over 135 species of birds have been identified in the forest. 

We will hike on the dirt roads that wind through the forest. Plan to meet at the South Gate off Banfield Road where we will leave most cars. We will then shuttle a few cars to the North Gate on Irish Hill Road near Greensprings, and then hike back down to the cars. 


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