Nordic Skiing New York
Symbols for Trail Rating: N-novice, l-intermediate, E-expert
Eastern Columbia County
Beebe Hill State Forest (E)
USGS 7.5'; Quad: State Line
The Beebe Hill State Forest is 1 1/2 m i les north of Austerlitz and about 4 miles southwest of Exit 3 on the Berkshire Connection, New York State Thruway.
Starting at the intersection of Route 22 and 203 in the Village of Austerlitz, proceed north on Route 22 for 0.3 miles, and turn left on Osmer Road. Follow this 1.6 miles to Barrett Pond to the left. An old woods road to Beebe Hill departs to the left just beyond the pond. This road contains two very steep pitches, and is rated expert. There are about 3 miles of ski trails in this area.
Northern Schoharie County
Cobleskill Area, The Petersburg State Forest (I)
USGS 7.5' Quads: CobleskiIl-Breakabeen
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The Petersburg State Forest is located about 5 miles south of Cobleskill and offers lookouts of the Cobleskill and Schoharie Valleys. There are a number of unmarked woods roads and lanes which lead from unplowed town roads that run through the forest.
Starting at the intersection of State Routes 7 and 145 take the county road that leads southwest to the hamlet of Mineral Springs. In Mineral Springs take a left-hand turn south on Greenbush Hill Road. Follow Greenbush Hill Road for 2 3 miles to the intersection of Greenbush Road Turn right (west) on Greenbush Road and follow it 0 8 miles to the intersection of Head Road, unmarked and unplowed in winter. Park alongside the road. Follow Head Road on an upgrade to the Petersburg State Forest. It contains about 3 miles of trails.
This location can be approached from the west starting at Warnerville. Take county Route 4 uphill for 2.9 miles to the western end of Greenbush Road. Turn left on Greenbush Road. Head Road is reached in 0.6 miles.
Southern Schoharie County
USGS 7.5' Quad: Livingstonville
Leonard Hill State Forest (I)
Leonard Hill has an elevation of 2620 feet, and maintains good snow conditions. The truck trail offers a number of outlooks and there is an outstanding view from the fire tower. It is just east of Broome Center and about 5 miles west of Livingstonville.
In Broome Center, take Sarbrucher Road east for 1.5 miles to a green painted sign indicating the Town of Gilboa town line.
Directly opposite, a woods road departs to the south which leads to the truck trail to Leonard Hill. The total distance to the fire tower is 3 miles.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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