Morgan Hill State Forest

September 11th, 2009
Tinker Falls

Tinker Falls

Name: Morgan Hill State Forest
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

Trail: Tinker Falls Trail (Handicap)
Length: 0.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 46.729 W76 02.099 (Tinker Falls Parking Area)

Trail: Fellows Hill Loop
Length: 2.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Morgan Hill Short Loop
Length: 8.0 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Chickadee Hollow Loop
Length: 3.8 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Morgan Hill Long Loop
Length: 11.9 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Difficult

Trail: Rowley Hill Loop
Length: 2.3 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Spruce Shackham Pond Loop
Length: 3.8 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Morgan Hill State Forest is a large (5,253 acres) multi-use area with numerous trails in various levels of difficulty.  The webmaster at CNY Hiking has done a great job highlighting several of the trails (with trail maps) so I’ve decided to not duplicate his efforts.  I’ve linked the trails above to his site.  Additionally, this area is a featured hike in William Ehling’s “Fifty Hikes in Central New York”.

Visited:
> 08/11/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook) – We took a preliminary visit to Tinker Falls to see what the trails were like in this area.  The Tinker Falls Trail is a handicap accessible trail that leads to the base of the falls.  A moderate to difficult (based on the weather) trail on the side of the falls allows you to actually walk behind the falls.  On our initial visit the flow was very low over the falls.  I would recommend a visit during the spring for a more dramatic view.  Overall, due to the elevation changes, these trails could be moderate to difficult in areas.  Additional details about the other trails can be viewed from the links above.

Tinker Falls Trail

Tinker Falls Trail

Tinker Falls - Behind Falls Pano

Tinker Falls - Behind Falls Pano

Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Looking Out Behind Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Looking Out Behind Tinker Falls - Low Flow

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