Cayuga County

Cayuga County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. It was named for one of the tribes of Indians in the Iroquois Confederation. As of the 2010 census, the population was 80,026. Its county seat is Auburn.

Cayuga County is located in the west central part of the state, in the Finger Lakes region. Owasco Lake is in the center of the county, and Cayuga Lake forms part of the western boundary. Lake Ontario is on the northern border, and Skaneateles Lake and Cross Lake form part of the eastern border. Cayuga County has more waterfront land than any other county in the state not adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayuga_County,_New_York

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Map: Bear Swamp State Forest

Map: Bear Swamp State Forest

Bear Swamp State Forest is covers 3,316 acres in Cayuga County in the Finger Lakes State Forest. This should not be confused with the similarly named state forest in Otsego County.

The forest is known for its nordic ski trail, and its large wetland and creek that bisect the forest. The ski trail system, over 13 miles in length, was developed with volunteer help in the 1980's. The trail has become increasingly popular, and was improved in 1993 by DEC. There is also a long multiple use trail on the forest here on can mountain bike, hike, snowmbile or horseback ride. Parts of this trail are accessbile for those with mobility issues.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/34420.html

Map: Hewitt State Forest

Map: Hewitt State Forest

The forest was established between 1929 and 1942 to reduce soil erosion, produce forest products, help stabilize the tax base, and provide recreational opportunities. Most of the landscape was cleared of trees for agriculture during the mid-to-late 19th century by European settlers. Between 1929 and 1947 approximately 1,056,872 pine, spruce, cedar, dogwood and red oak were planted by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp S-96 based in Sempronius, New York. Today, the forest provides a diverse group of ecological, economic, and recreational services

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8198.html

Map: Bear Swamp State Forest

Map: Bear Swamp State Forest

Bear Swamp State Forest is covers 3,316 acres in Cayuga County in the Finger Lakes State Forest. This should not be confused with the similarly named state forest in Otsego County.

The forest is known for its nordic ski trail, and its large wetland and creek that bisect the forest. The ski trail system, over 13 miles in length, was developed with volunteer help in the 1980's. The trail has become increasingly popular, and was improved in 1993 by DEC. There is also a long multiple use trail on the forest here on can mountain bike, hike, snowmbile or horseback ride. Parts of this trail are accessbile for those with mobility issues.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/34420.html

Map: Carpenter Falls State Unique Area

Map: Carpenter Falls State Unique Area

There are a total of four waterfalls along Bear Swamp Creek in this beautiful, but somewhat treacherous ravine. Carpenter Falls drops 90 feet and Angel Falls drops 62 feet. The two other falls are around 11-30 feet, various cascades and chutes that are not directly accessible from the trails. The trails can be very dangerous due to the ravine. This area is owned by the Finger Lakes Land Trust and is right next to Bahar Nature Preserve, which is also owned by Finger Lakes Land Trust.

Carpenter Falls is a somewhat easy 0.1 mile walk from the kiosk (the left trail) and Angel Falls is 0.5 mile moderate hike to the right of the kiosk. The main trail (Old Jug Path) continues another 0.5 mile to Skaneateles Lake. This one mile walk has an elevation loss of 431 feet, that you'll need to climb if you head down to the lake. You could create a "loop hike" utilizing the Old Jug Path and Appletree Point Road of about 2.3 miles. Even the road has a pretty steep climb, for those looking to do a loop hike.

http://www.cnyhiking.com/CarpenterFalls.htm

Map: Frozen Ocean State Forest

Map: Frozen Ocean State Forest

Frozen Ocean State Forest encompasses 754 acres of land in the town of Niles in Southeastern Cayuga County. There are no trails on this state forest. Recreational activities are limited to hunting, fishing, trapping,primitive camping, and nature photogrpahy/observatin. Situated on one of the highest points in the county, Frozen Ocean is well known for receiving more than its fair share of freezing winds in the winter.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/36682.html