Tuesday Evening Hike in Arnot Forest

Tuesday, October 3, 2017  •  4:30 pm

 Note new earlier start at 4:30 p.m. 

  • Hike rating: Distance - 4.5 miles; Terrain - Moderate; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Moderate
  • Event/Trailhead location: Arnot Forest entrance, near intersection of Banfield Road and VanKirk Road, Town of Cayuta: (click for map)
  • Contact: Charlie Strohman   crs5@cornell.edu   607-272-1751

Tonight's hike will go because Charlie Strohman graciously offered to lead it. This hike is easy, mostly downhill and approximately 4.5 miles long. The Arnot Teaching and Research Forest is located in a quiet, hilly, forested area of the Town of Cayuta.

The “Arnot” is owned by Cornell University and managed by the Department of Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It is the largest actively managed forest owned by Cornell. In addition to 2,400 acres of mature forest, the Arnot includes some 100 acres of open land (grass and goldenrod), 1,345 acres of old fields, saplings, brush, and pole timber, 170 acres of softwood plantations, 40 acres of sugarbush, 20 acres of field campus, 10 ponds, and Banfield Creek. More than 400 species of vascular plants and 135 species of birds, in addition to numerous amphibians, reptiles, and mammals inhabit the Arnot. Approximately 100 contiguous acres of grassland are maintained to provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

There are no hiking trails in the Arnot. However, old roads, some in use and some abandoned, are great for hiking. From Banfield Road, you'll have a couple of the best autumn views in the area.

We'll meet at the lower entrance off Banfield Road that hunters use, and leave most cars there. We will shuttle a few cars to the upper entrance near Greensprings Natural Cemetary, and hike back down to the starting point. Bring headlamp, or flashlight, or both, as we will be exiting the woods at dusk. Bring sturdy hiking boots and water.

If you are using GPS to navigate, set your destination to: 567 County Route 13, VanEtten, NY.

If you are unsure of navigation to Arnot Forest, email Charlie. As a last resort, Charlie will meet you promptly at 4:00 p.m. at Eastern Mountain Sports, 722 South Meadow Street, Ithaca, to guide you.


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