Since we've hiked sections of the Chenango Canal I thought some f you may be interested in this speaker in Hamilton.

Come to the Hamilton Public Library for following October events:

Local author Wade A. Lallier will present his book, The Chenango Canal,  Thursday, October 26th, from 4-5pm
The canal's history is full of legislative battles, contentious budgets, and a long, dramatic struggle, ending in a million-dollar budget, a 97-mile ditch, and lasting change for communities throughout Central New York. 
Stay after the presentation for a book signing with the author!
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

No third Thursday this month and probably not for the next few months.
Watch for an email for when they start again.


  • The Bullthistle Hiking Club and Triple Cities Hiking Club want you to join us on November 4, 2017 at the Binghamton Devils hockey game. 
    The Finger Lakes Trail will receive $2 for every ticket sold.
    The tickets must be bought online through the link provided or by phone.

    So for $16 you will enjoy a AHL hockey game and support hiking at the same time. It's a win-win!
    Those of us buying the $16 tickets will all be seated in the same section. If you prefer to upgrade you can pay $18 for a better seat and the FLT will still receive $2.
    Share this information with friends, family and co-workers. 

    This is the first season for the Binghamton Devils.  For those of you in the Norwich area, it is approximately one hour drive. We can car pool if you are interested. If you want tickets but are unsure of how to purchase them, please contact me at or 315-653 -7345.

    I attached the flyer with the details and also the link you can click on that will take you to the order page. The order phone number is 607-722-7367 (just say it if for the FLT hiking fundraiser).

    hiking hockey night link

    Peg Fuller
    Bullthistle Hiking Club

Using the State Lands Interactive Mapper (SLIM)

To view official NYS DEC roads and trails of all kinds go to this site and on the left click on "Use the State Lands Interactive Mapper."  You can drag the map and zoom in similar to Google Earth and Google Maps.  You can also see the Layers and the Legend by clicking on the "Layers" button in the upper right (click "Layers" or "Legend" to toggle between these -- see left side window of snippet below).
The snippet below shows a portion of Kennedy State Forest (FLTC map M19, SW Cortland County) that lies behind the Greek Peak Ski slopes.  State land boundaries are green, hiking trails are yellow, DEC roads are black, snowmobile trails are purple, XC ski trails are orange, etc. (see Legend on left).
You can also view the map in Google Earth aerial imagery by clicking "Imagery" in the upper right.
It is fun to explore other trails in your neighborhood (but sometimes XC ski and snowmobile trails are grown in with vegetation (like briars) until they are mowed in the fall or packed down in the winter. 
But note: this site seems to be only updated every several years and the FLT is out of date by at least a couple of years.  Also the FLT in WMA's is not shown in the three WMA's I examined.
-Java Joe

I without a support team, however thanks to the FLT community as well as folks who lived along the trail, it hardly felt like a solitary endeavor. I rarely felt lonely given the number of people who reached out to me via Facebook and my blog. Remarkable. All of you made this journey so much more meaningful. Beauty really is greater when shared with others.