Hike #50

Eastman Hill RD

Meet: End of maintained portion of Eastman Hill RD, Tioga County

Directions:

From Ithaca, travel South on Danby Rd, State Route 96B, into Tioga County

After crossing the county line, approximately one mile into Tioga County you’ll see Eastman Hill Rd on the Left ( East ) side of the road.

Turn onto Eastman Hill Rd and travel to the end of the maintained portion of the road.

Park along the shoulder but not in the snowplow turn-around, at the request of area residents.

See map with approximate parking area here:

See more information on Danby State Forest and the Eastman Hill Rd area here:

Hikers will proceed from the parking area through the seasonally maintained and abandoned portions of Eastman Hill RD on DEC land. After crossing a seasonal portion of Heisy Rd, hikers will encounter their first trail crossing with the Finger Lakes Trail. For the purposes of this hike, pass by that intersection and continue on the seasonal/ abandoned portion of Eastman Hill Rd. As Eastman Hill Rd begins to descend towards Coddington Rd, the condition of the road surface is periodically deteriorated by wash-outs, loose gravel, etc. Extreme care should be taken in this portion of the hike. Continue on Eastman Hill Rd towards Coddington Rd until you encounter the Finger Lakes Trail as it turns to the South, or right side of the road. This turn can be easily missed if the trail blazing is concealed by undergrowth and leaves.

Once on the FLT, the trail travels through forested areas and meadows to the peak of Eastman Hill. This portion of the FLT is strenuous for some hikers depending on their fitness levels.

After crossing the peak of Eastman Hill, the FLT continues to the junction with Eastman Hill Rd that hikers first encountered. Cross over Eastman Hill RD and continue on the FLT. Hikers will reach and cross over Heisy RD;  continue on the FLT. The FLT will then return to Heisy RD opposite a residence decorated with Irish Shamrocks and the Irish flag. At this point in the trail, turn right on Heisy Rd and road walk to the junction of Eastman Hill RD. Turn right on Eastman Hill Rd to return to the cars.