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This trail is nearly all open pastureland and traverses the Forest in a north/south direction between the Backbone Horse Campground and Parmenter Road. The No-Tan-Takto Trail is accessed from the Blueberry Patch Campground via the Backbone Trail. From the Backbone Horse Campground, the trail goes north into Seneca County and crosses the Interloken Trail at Seneca Road. The trail follows Townsend Road east for about 0.5 miles then runs north to the parking area on Parmenter Road. In some of the pastures there are outstanding vistas, including views of Seneca Lake to the west and Cayuga Lake to the east. The trail is relatively flat, with a primitive trail tread, gravel in wet portions, and mowed grass through fenced pastures. Please close gates behind you. No camping is allowed within livestock pastures from May 15th to October 31st. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.

Note: Trails are closed to horse users from March 15th thru May 1st due to muddy conditions.

Directions: From the South, take State Route 14 North (Exit 52 off State Route 17) to Watkins Glen, NY. In Watkins Glen, turn right at the Fourth St intersection onto State Route 414 North. Go approximately 9 miles north, past the Hector Ranger Station of the Finger Lakes National Forest. 0.5 miles past the Ranger Station, turn right on Schuyler County Route 2. Follow CR 2 east for 4.0 miles to the Blueberry Patch Campground and parking area.From the North, take I-90 to Exit 41 (414 South to Hector, NY). 0.5 miles past Wickham’s Plaza, turn left onto County Route 2, the second asphalt road on the left. Follow CR 2 east for 4.0 miles to the Blueberry Patch Campground and parking area.

Difficulty: Easy

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Finger Lakes National Forest, New York

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