Potato Hill SF, Caroline
There are two different hikes beginning from the same trail head that we do in this forest — one heads northeast to Blackman Hill Road and beyond; the other heads southwest toward Old 76 Road and Shindagin Hollow SF.other
The meet-up for both hikes is the same: Level Green Road about a mile south of the intersection with Blackman Hill Road , where the FLT crosses.
Click here to see the Google Maps page showing the GPS coordinates of the crossing.
It’s easy to get confused and make the wrong turn as you come south on Level Green down from Route 79. First you come to Yaple Road, which veers off to the right. Don’t take that. Within a few seconds you come to Blackman Hill Road veering off on the left — don’t take that either. Level Green becomes dirt at this point and doesn’t look very promising, but that’s the one you want. Click here to see the Google Maps page showing the street geometry in this section.
The trail crossing is not at all obvious — you need to look very closely for the FLT sign.
Click here to see the state DEC page about the forest — it includes a link to a trail map.
Hike #1 — NE to Blackman Hill Road.
The walk through the forest in this direction is quite flat. The woods are a bit scrubby in some areas, and the trail zigzags back and forth. In wet weather the ground can be muddy. There are also some very lovely sections of woods that I find quite pleasing. Once we cross Blackman Hill Road we come to a private farm — we walk along the edge of a huge field with stunning views to the south. Beyond the field is a mixed woods that can be wet and has some nice scenery.
Update Feb 2021 — from Gary M of Cayuga Trails Club:
The private farm on top of the hill was split into two parcels.
The majority of the land was donated by the very generous owners of the land to the Finger Lakes Land Trust to become one of its newest preserves, Summerland Farm Preserve. It’s small but in my opinion, quite beautiful. Most important, the land is more accessible than ever because the land trust has allowed the FLT to continue to cross. We were even able to reroute the trail so you really get a feel for the woods and fields, and you can now get to the top of the hill, with an incredible view on a clear day. This is one more example of how collaboration among similarly focused organizations – the land trust and CTC – benefits us hikers and snowshoers.
Hike #2 — SW toward Old 76 Road
This section of trail was closed for many years — it reopened fairly recently. The terrain is quite different and the type of woods is different also.