Regional Hikes in the Niagara Frontier Region
Boyce Hill State Forest
This State Forest location has an easy 2.7 mile loop (a shared horse trail) that can be hiked in one day, but which also has a lean-to just off of the loop on the North Country Trail. This is an easy hike, with opportunities for an additional day hike up the North Country Trail being done using the lean-to as a base camp.
Access to Water? Yes
Facilities? There is a privy and campsite at the lean-to location.
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A 10.8 mile loop trail. The eastern side is the Morrison Trail Loop and the western side is the Rimrock Trail Loop. Day hikers can complete either portion of the trail in one day. Combining both trails with the cross connector, this system is perfect for a 2-3 day backpacking adventure. Passing through open hardwoods and large rock formations, the ground cover is thick with strands of mountain laurel. The trail head parking lot is located along PA 59, 17 miles west of the City of Bradford. The difficulty level is moderate to difficult.
Access to Water? Yes, pump water is available at the campsites; PA is recommending that it be boiled or purified.
Facilities? There is a privy and campsite at the halfway point, on the lakeside.
North Country National Scenic Trail
The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) stretches approximately 4,600 miles (7,400 km) from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota in the United States. The Northern setion passes through the Alleghany National Forest, starting just past Willow Bay Camping Area on PA SR 346. A typical one night trip can be an in and out (4.5 mi each way) with the night spent at the first inlet on North Branch Bay. Al alternate route would be to shuttle vehicles to the Tracy Ridge Area on PA SR 321, with the overnight at the same location. The advantage would be to avoid walking over the same trail more than once. Additionally, this trail extends for 95 miles through the Alleghany State Forest, so the length of the hike can be adjusted for a crew of varying experience.
Access to Water? Yes
Facilities? Varies along trail, from dispersed camping to developed campsites.