Pine Hills State Forest Trails

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The following map is of the Pine Hill State Forest which has 24 miles of trails for equestrian use located near Onoville Marina.

Trails:

Trails around Pineapple Junction & above the power line are natural woods soil with a minimum elevation change. Most trails below the power line are hilly with natural woods soil & occasional rocks.  Trails leading up to Rocky Top are natural woods soil & hilly, Rocky Top itself is rocky with a minimum elevation change.

Footing:

natural wood’s soil; shoes are recommended, due to some rocks.

Markings:

DEC trail disc markers are used on all trails in the system. There are wooden trail name signs & “you are here” letters that correspond to the trail map.  There is occasional pink ribbon used to guide you.

Camping:

Free camping is allowed at Pineapple Junction Trailhead on Carr Corners Rd. There are 8 level, graveled sites for camper trailers. There are high line poles & a fire ring.  There are also 4 camp sites at the Little Bone Trailhead off of Little Bone Rd. These are both carry-in carry-out sites & you need to bring all your own water. Please clean up your manure & hay & scatter it in the woods. If you plan to camp more than 72 hours, call the DEC Ranger for a free permit at (716) 699-6154.

Trailer Parking: 

These areas have a day parking areas. Pineapple Junction Trailhead on Carr Corners Rd & Little Bone Trailhead on Little Bone Rd.

Directions:

Take I-86, exit 16; turn onto Main St. towards Randolph; take a right onto Larkin St. which is just over the first bridge on Main St. (Over Battle Creek); go to the end of that street and turn right onto Archer Hill Road; go to end of that road and then turn left onto Pine Hill Rd. At the top of the hill, Pine Hill Rd will take a sharp right and Pierce Run Rd will be to the left.  Take Pierce Run Rd to enter into Pine Hill State land.  Take the first left at Carr Corners Rd.; Pineapple Junction Parking area with a circular driveway is on left at the top of the hill.

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