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Friday, May 1, 2009

Great Eastern Trail Moving Closer to Connection with NCT/FLT

Great Eastern Trail map
Great Eastern Trail in red
based on an article in the Finger Lakes Trail News, Spring 2009, by Pat Monahan

The Great Eastern Trail (GET) is building trail and connecting existing trails to provide an alternate north-south hiking route along the Appalachian ridge. This trail is located to the west of the mountain range.

Connection to the Finger Lakes and North Country Trails will be in Steuben County New York. Pat Monahan reported on the 2008 trail building progress.

In Pennsylvania the GET follows the Mid-State Trail to the New York border. At that point there are about 6 miles of road walk in Steuben County's Town of Tuscarora. At that point the trail enters the Pinnacle State Park. Orange blazes mark the route of the GET. Next, the trail passes through McCarthy State Forest and reaches it's current ending in the Village of Addison at a small cemetery.

Working from the Finger Lakes Trail south, in November 2008, 35 volunteers began cutting trail through Bradford State Forest. (On FLTC map 13, between access points 4 and 5). In the spring, work will continue through the Watson Homestead Conference Center grounds to West Hill State Forest. Final approval for that section is pending.

An Alley Cat Trail Crew is scheduled for August 5-9, 2009, to continue to work on the connection for the Great Eastern Trail.

If you would like to be involved in any aspect of this project, contact Pat Monahan
See Great Eastern Trail

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