North Country Trail: A trail that stretches from North Dakota through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. (Click subtitle for website!)
Finger Lakes Trail: 562 miles of trail connecting the Catskill Mountains with the Allegheny Mountains through the Southern Tier of New York State. (Click subtitle for website!)
Today… in the rain… I hiked a 2.5-mile stretch of trail at Allegany State Park that is part of both the North Country Trail System and the Finger Lakes Trail System. There is a 4.6-mile stretch that goes from ASP3 to ASP1. I hiked from ASP3 to the leanto and back – 2.5 miles in, then out again for a total of 5 miles. It is a very lovely footpath that meanders through rich woods of maple, beech, cherry, and occasionally a stand of conifers – mostly hemlock. The trail was well-marked with white rectangular blazes – mostly of paint, but sometimes of vinyl nailed to trees.
There were a couple of relatively steep parts, but most of the trail involved gentle inclines. Close to ASP3, it was rather rocky, but soon it became a well-trodden dirt path – very comfortable to walk on.
The leanto area was beautiful. It is obvious that the folks who use it are very respectful of the resource offered them free of charge.
The forest was so still and beautiful in the rain. Unfortunately, it was raining hard enough that my camera stayed in the backpack most of the time. But I managed a couple of shots:
I also loved the intense color in these turkey tail fungi: