Hike #50

Eastman Hill Rd at the Tioga/ Tompkins County Line

Meet: End of maintained portion of Eastman Hill Rd, Tioga County line.

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 ( easterly ) 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:

The route for this hike is not strictly a “loop” or an “out-and-back” ; I call this our ” ampersand hike”

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 seasonal road. This turn can be easily missed in summer months if the trail blazing is concealed by undergrowth and leaves.

Once on the FLT, the footpath travels through forested areas and meadows to the peak of Eastman Hill. Along the way it’s not uncommon to catch glimpses of the valley below through the trees, particularly in months when leaves are not on the trees. This portion of the FLT is strenuous for some hikers depending on their fitness levels, but the visuals along this section of trail make it worthwhile.

After crossing the peak of Eastman Hill, the FLT continues to the junction with Eastman Hill Rd that hikers first encountered. Cross over the seasonal 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.

As of 2022 portions of the FLT on this hike that cross private property are slated to be re-routed to another portion of Eastman Hill.

Portions of the FLT on Eastman Hill are subject to hunting season closures. Before hiking this section always check the appropriate FLT map sheet available here:

About Finger Lakes Trail Maps and GPS data

and check for current trail conditions here:

Trail Condition Notices – Fingerlakes Trail Conference

Always respect the private property rights of land owners who have allowed the Trail to cross their property

Revised 04/2022 JFR