Created By: Diane Lebo Wallace
Hoxie Gorge State Forest encompasses 2,115 acres of land. Public Forest Access Roads off of Steve Russell Hill Road provide 2.6 miles of recreational access. There are also two separate segments of accessible trails for those with impaired mobility.
While the actual gorge for which Hoxie Gorge is named is located to the north of the forest, the stream that runs through the gorge begins within its boundaries and continues to wind peacefully through the property.
A 169-acre natural area has been maintained by the State University of New York, Cortland, since 1965 for education, research and recreation. A portion of the property was the site of a dairy farm from the 1880s to the 1960s, while a portion has remained undisturbed. The natural environments include pristine streams running through the gorge area, mature woodlands and old fields. The McDermott Nature Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail provide access to these areas. As one travels the McDermott Nature Trail near marker #29, the Finger Lakes Trail continues northeast. In this area are old-growth hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) trees on the banks of the gorge, the oldest of which date back to 1736 and another to 1740. In this area are also sweet birch (Betula lenta), red maple (Acer rubrum) and black cherry (Prunus serotina) that date to the late 1800's. Larger mammals in the forest include white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), eastern coyote (Canis latrans), porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), and fisher (Martes pennanti).
FLT Map M20
This point of interest is part of the tour: History along the Finger Lakes Trail