COPENHAGEN — Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust is inviting area residents to come out and enjoy the fresh air of early fall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 on the Tug Hill State Forest’s Inman Gulf Trails.
Volunteer leader, Ray Spahn, will guide attendees on a vigorous walk through the forest to the Rainbow Falls overlook and beyond. Hikers will stop to eat a brown bag lunch at a small picnic area a little further along, and discuss which route the group would like to take to finish the outing. The hike is free to attend. The pace is best suited for adults and young adults.
Participants will gather at the main Tug Hill State Forest/Barnes Corners parking lot located on the north side of Route 177 between Rodman and Barnes Corners. The Inman Gulf trail system is easy to moderate difficulty for hiking. The trails are used primarily for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and travel through a mix of deciduous forest, conifer forest, and wetland.
Those who attend should dress for the weather, and wear sturdy walking shoes (waterproof boots if it has been wet). Bring water, a brown bag lunch and insect/tick repellent.
The Inman Glide Trail runs along and close to the edge of the gulf, from which attendees will get some spectacular views into the 200-300 foot deep canyon. Scenic Rainbow Falls may be seen across the way on the north side of the rim.
Much of the 12,000-plus acres of the Tug Hill State Forest was purchased for $4 per acre in 1933, when it was abandoned agricultural land. For more information about this forest, visit the NYSDEC’s web page: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8001.html.