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New Trail System Opens on Bad Bear Hill in Steuben County

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Nature lovers can now enjoy a new trail system on Bad Bear Hill in Steuben County. The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) has opened six miles of trails on its recently acquired property in the towns of Lindley and Erwin. The trails are available for hiking, running, and birdwatching during daylight hours, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Mountain biking is permitted only on forest roads. Parking is available off Reep Road in Lindley.

The FLLT purchased the 992-acre Bad Bear Hill property in February, marking its largest conservation project in 35 years. The land includes forested hillsides, streams, and meadows, home to wildlife like bald eagles and black bears.

The FLLT plans to transfer the land to New York State to expand McCarthy Hill State Forest, aiming to protect wildlife habitats, improve water quality, and enhance outdoor recreation.



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