hike #48

Dabes Diversion Loop/ Finger Lakes Trail/ Kuzia Cutoff

Kennedy State Forest Town of Harford Cortland County


From Ithaca, travel East to the Village of Dryden.

At the four corners in Dryden Village ( stoplight, junctions of state routes 13, 34 and 392 ) continue East on State Route 392 ( Virgil Rd )

Turn right on West Meetinghouse Rd, then left on Daisy Hollow RD. Continue through the intersection of  Owego Hill Rd onto Babcock Hollow RD. Once on Babcock Hollow RD, bear left onto Hauck Hill RD

Park at junction of Bleck Rd and Hauck Hill Rd.


See more information on Kennedy State Forest at the DEC site here:


More information and a more detailed line drawing map that includes the hike route, here:

On this hike, proceed from the parking area West and then South on the Dabes Diversion Loop. This mildly strenuous route takes you through some majestic stands of trees and over some minimal water crossings. The southern terminus of the Diversion Trail offers excellent panoramic views of farm fields.

Turning Easterly on the Finger Lakes Trail, hikers continue on the FLT to Bleck Rd. Shortly after crossing Bleck Road, hikers will find the blue-blazed Kuzia cut-off to the FLT. Continue Northerly on the Kuzia Cut Off to the seasonal portion of Hauck Hill RD. Turning Northwest on Hauck Hill RD, a short road walk brings hikers back to Bleck Rd and the vehicles.