Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hiking Coyote Flats State Forest

Hiking Coyote Flats State Forest
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We had been planning to visit the Coyote Flats State Forest located in Theresa (just off of Rt 81N) and finally got to do so today.  We had heard about this beautiful 553-acre state forest, and that it had an accessible road that cut through the middle of it.  It is just about a mile to the end of gravel road making this a lovely 2 mile hike.

To get there from 81 take the Theresa exist onto Route 411 east. Travel about 1/4 mile and turn right on Snell road (which becomes Drake Road).  Look for the DEC sign in about two miles. There is a small parking area at the trailhead of what the DEC calls the Coyote Trail.   The one-mile trail is also a designated motorized access route for people with disabilities, for hunting and wildlife viewing.

We enjoyed the hike down this wide and well-maintained trail through the deep woods.  At the end of the trail the road dead ends at a marsh and wetland area that is very lovely.  

We would highly recommend this trail in particular for those just getting started in hiking. It is easy and beautiful, and not difficult to find. 

Our one word of caution is to stay on the trail. We have heard from other hikers that it is easy to get lost in the woods. You can enjoy the forest just as well without ever needing to leave the trail. 

Link to DEC trail map: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/39697.html 

Be sure to see...
Hiking the Thousand Islands...Introduction

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Abbé Picquet Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Carnegie Bay Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Cerow Recreation Park Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chaumont Barrens Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chippewa Bay Preserve Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Coyote Flats State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Foster Blake Woods Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grand Lake Reserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grass Point State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Jacques Cartier State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Keewaydin State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Lonesome Bay State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Macsherry Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Maple City Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morgan Island

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morristown Red Barn Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Otter Creek

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Pulpit Rock State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Redwood Hill Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Wellesley Island State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Zenda Farms Preserve