2019 Fall FLT Weekend hosted by the Bullthistle Hiking Club September 20-22, 2019

2019 Fall FLT Weekend hosted by the Bullthistle Hiking Club September 20-22, 2019

               The Bullthistle Hiking Club is looking forward to hosting an enjoyable FLT Fall weekend September 20-22,
2019. The event location is Fred’s Inn & Restaurant in Norwich, New York. Not only is there on-site lodging available, there is a full bar and restaurant.(Special Note:  you cannot bring in outside alcohol into bar, registration area or banquet hall).  We know that no one will go away hungry from the Friday or Saturday night buffet dinners. Fred’s Inn is known for buffet meals with plenty of food from salad, entrees, hot sides and desserts. After full days of hiking, participants will be able to relax in the bar (cash) and then attend the buffet meals with entertainment that will make your visit to Norwich truly memorable. We have made an effort to include activities for those new to hiking, non-hikers, and the veteran hikers. We have provided a list of lodging for you to make your own choice based on your preferences. Chenango county offers fabulous Bed & Breakfasts, numerous campgrounds, and several hotels. Here is a preview of the area!

The event location (Fred’s Inn) has a limited number (25) of rooms available . We have arranged a discounted rate of $69 per night. Individuals interested in this option should act fast and contact the Inn at 607-334-9282. Be sure to mention the FLT hiking event that you are attending. All rooms have mini-fridges, TVs, hairdryers, irons, coffeemakers, microwaves in every room and internet. Fred’s Inn will allow a limited number of small, tear drop size trailers, to dry camp in the parking lot. Contact Peg Fuller, BHC President at 315-653-7345 or peg379@gmail.com for details.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept 20, 2019
11 AM Registration Opens
12 PM-2 PM Hikes depart, see schedule
5 PM Social hour, Cash bar available

6 PM-7:30 PM Buffet dinner
7:30 Presentation by Henry Drexler

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
8 AM Registration opens

8 AM-9:30 AM Pre-paid bag lunch pick up
8 AM-9:30 AM Hikes Depart

5 PM Social hour, cash bar

6 PM -7:00 PM Buffet dinner

7 PM – 7:30 PM Remarks and awards

7:30 PM Presentation by Rick Brockway

Sunday, Sept 22, 2019
8 AM – 9 AM Pre-paid bag lunch pick up

8 AM-9 AM Hikes Depart

9 AM- noon FLT Board meeting

Driving directions:

Fred’s Inn & Restaurant 5149 NY-12 Norwich, NY 13815. Please use side entrance.

Easily accessible on Rt. 12 Norwich. It is 1.5 miles south of Norwich Walmart.

From the south:

Interstate 81 N. Take exit 6 for US-11 toward NY-12/Nimmonsburg/Chenango Bridge. Continue onto NY-12 N (32.0 mi). Destination on the left.

From the north:

Interstate 81. Take exit 10 for US-11/NY-41 S. Sharp right onto NY-41 S (14.0 mi). Turn left onto NY-26 N (1.4 mi). Turn right onto NY-23 E (7.4 mi). Turn right onto County Rd 10 (9.1 mi). Turn right onto County Rt 4/Georgetown Rd. Continue to follow County Rt 4 (2.3 mi). Continue onto Georgetown Rd (3.7 mi). Turn left onto NY-12 N. Destination on the left.

From the east:

Take Interstate 88 W to exit 13 toward NY-205 N. Turn right onto NY-205 N (2.1 mi). Turn left onto NY-23 W. Follow Rt. 23 west to Norwich. Turn left onto NY-12/N Broad St. Continue to follow NY-12 through Norwich. Destination will be on the right.

Lodging: You will need to find your own lodging. See accompanying list.

After dinner presentations:

Friday evening, Henry Drexler, will present on the history of Chenango County and the local landscape. Henry is a self-taught contemporary artist from Chenango County, NY. His artwork is inspired by that experience, the rural landscape and his interest in gardening and local history. He has been represented by galleries in Lexington, MA, Lambertville, NJ, Bethesda, MD, and Alexandria, VA. Presently, his work can be seen at the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown, NY. He served as a trustee and deputy historian of the Chenango County Historical Society. Henry and his wife, Anita, live in the Town of Guilford, NY. They have planted thousands of trees and developed the 63 acre property using permaculture principles to encourage a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. He has photographed his gardens and the Chenango County landscape for over 40 years and draws upon these photographs for his public presentations. In 2006 he decided to methodically photograph all the dairy barns in Chenango County. This led to the creation of an archive that now contains over 22,000 images.

On Saturday, Rick Brockway, will present on “Hiking and other Outdoor Adventures”. Rick was raised on the family farm outside West Oneonta where he learned to love nature and the out-of-doors. Rick climbed mountains, fished the rivers and streams and hunted deer and bear in the rugged back country. He was a licensed Adirondack guide for over 20 years, leading people into the wilderness both on foot and on horseback. He has hunted and fished in Alaska and northern Quebec above the Arctic Circle as well as across the United States and Canada. These exploits led him to being the Outdoor Columnist for Oneonta’s Daily Star for the last 18 years and has been published in a dozen different outdoor magazines including Big Game Adventures (published in Alberta, Canada) and Fur-Fish-Game. He was a staff writer for Fly Fishing New England and Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing. To celebrate his 60th birthday, Rick put on a backpack and hiked across the Adirondacks on the 125 mile Northville-Placid Trail. At 70, he climbed all of the 35 High Peaks of the Catskills, becoming a member of the Catskill 3500 Club.


Hikes Meet at the Parking lot of Fred’s Inn near the Gazebo.

Drive times are how long it will take to get back to Fred’s from the end of hike, start of hike will take longer if there is a car shuttle involved.

Friday September 20th

A1 - Map M22 Ridge Road to County Rt. 12C, 11.4 miles, Strenuous. Meet at 8:45 AM at the intersection of County Road 12C and County Road 12, Lincklean, NY ( near the Chenango/Cortland County Line)

This is a beautiful hike through state forests and open meadows with plenty of ups and downs. Visit the Paradise Garden Lean-to which is dedicated to Howard Beye. Briefly take steps in Madison County. Leader: Larry Blumberg

NOTE: Due to an early start this is the only hike that does not meet at Fred’s. Hikers can register after the hike.

A2 - Map M24 Sherman Road to Tucker Road, 5.6 miles, Moderate. meet at 12:00 PM, drive time: 25 minutes

Hike through Ludlow Creek State Forest, and McDonough State Forest with stone fences and an abandoned road, remnants of when it was farmland. Cross the road at East McDonough were all that remains of this community are a few houses and The Outpost, a bar and grill. Combine this hike with hikes B2 and C2 for a total of 14.6 miles on the FLT completing map M24 and part of M25. Leader: Bruce Coon

A3 - Map M23 Warner Road to John Smith Road, 4.3 miles, Moderate. Meet at 12:15 PM, drive time: 35 minutes

This hike will take you up and down a few hills and past a passport rubbing and scenic Jackson Pond on beautifully maintained trail. Hike B3 and C3 and you will complete map 23.

Hike Leader: Jon Bowen

A4 - Hunts Pond: 2 miles. Easy. Meet at 2:00 PM. Drive time 30 min.

Hike the site of former Hunts Pond State Park, home to a diverse area of conifer forest, hard wood forest and open lands. This is a perfect hike for those who have to travel far but still want to get out and enjoy the scenery before Social Hour and Supper. Leader: Donna Coon

A5 - Historical Hike through the City of Norwich, 3 miles, Easy. Meet at 1:15 PM. Drive time 5 minutes.

We will hike north along the path of the Chenango Canal (1837-1878) through the City of Norwich. Then we will hike south along the path of the O&W Railway (1868-1957) back to our cars. Leader: Don Windsor

Saturday September 21st

B1 - Map M24/25 South Oxford Bridge to Bliven-Sherman Rd.,12.4 miles. Strenuous. Drive time: 25 minutes

The last hike of the Chenango County Hike Series, If you would like to join the County Hike Series Hikers for this hike please let Donna Coon coledonnarn@yahoo.com know on or before Friday Sept. 20th

B2 - Map M24/25 South Oxford Bridge to Tucker Road, 6.8 miles. Moderate to strenuous. Meet at 7:45AM. Drive time 25 minutes.

See remnants of the Chenango Canal near the South Oxford Bridge. Hike along scenic Bowman Creek. Hike past a “stone pile”. Go by a passport rubbing. Visit Ludlow Lean-to. Hike leader: Bruce Coon

B3 - Map M23 John Smith Road to Nine Mile DEC Truck Trail, 5.3 miles. Moderate. Meet at 9 AM. Drive time: 30 minutes

This hike continues on from A3. You will pass by the remains of a CCC Camp and continue on through trail that was rerouted off road in 2015 and across a bridge built in 2016 by the Bullthistles. A great spot for a photo. Hike Leader: Julie Thompson

B4 - Cook Park Hike/ Black Bear Winery Visit, Hike 2 miles, Easy. Meet at 9:45 AM. Drive time: 30 minutes.

Cook Park is a small County owned tent and RV campground with a pond and hiking trails. We will hike, have lunch at the Park and then take a short drive to Black Bear Winery. Black Bear Winery makes a variety of non-grape wines produced with NYS fruit. Hike Leader: Peg Fuller

B5 - Round Pond, 3 miles, Easy. Meet at 9:30 AM. Drive time: 20 min.

Round Pond is located in the Pharsalia Woods State Forest. Along with hiking trails this area has an accessible boardwalk that leads to an elevated, covered viewing platform overlooking the 90-acre Round Pond wetland complex that contains several protected plants, including the carnivorous pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) The wetland also provides habitat for many wetland bird species including sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis), rare visitors to New York State. Hike Leader: Bekky Hargrave

B6 - Bowman Lake Area, 4.0 miles, Moderate. Meet at 10:00AM. Drive time 20 minutes.

Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the park in fall while hiking on trails and sections of remote dirt roads in and around Bowman Lake State Park. Hike Leader: Joseph Angelino

Sunday September 22nd

C1 - Map 22 Warner Road to Ridge Road, 8.6 miles. Strenuous. Meet at 8:30. Drive time: 40 minutes

Hike A1 and C1 and you will complete map M22. You will pass by the Winston Braxton Memorial Bench. Woods, Hills, and the Otselic River. Leader: Dave Sadler

C2 - Map M 24 Sherman Road to Intersection of County Road 10 and Tower Road, 4.2 miles. Moderate. Meet at 9:15 AM. Drive time 25 minutes

This hike continues on from B2 through Bowman Lake State Park and past the Berry Hill Fire Tower.

Hike Leader: Bruce Coon

C3 - Map 23 Nine Mile DEC Truck Trail to Tower Road, 4.3 miles. Moderate. Meet at 9:00AM. Drive time: 25 minutes

Hike on park like trail past the Sidote Memorial Bench. Visit the must see Pharsalia Woods Lean-to. Leaders: Carrie Williams and Dan O’Shea

C4 - Roger’s Environmental Education Center, 2 miles, Easy. Meet at 9:15. Drive time 25 min.

A leisurely nature hike traversing a variety of habitat. We’ll be on the look out for mushrooms and fungi if the weather cooperates. Leader: Carol Smith

C5 - A visit to Little Merritt’s Tomb. Very easy, Meet at 9:30 AM. Drive time 15 minutes

A short walk to visit “a unique tomb with a window, marking the final resting place of young Merrit Beardsley upon his death in 1865.” Guide: Warren Johnsen

Northeast Classic Car Museum 24 Rexford Street

Norwich, NY 13815 (607) 334-2886


The Northeast Classic Car Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits vehicles related to the evolution of transportation, with particular emphasis on the role of the automobile and its impact on American culture. Enjoy over 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display! Pre-war, Post-war, largest Franklin exhibit in the world, cars made in NY, motorcycles, airplane engines, gas pumps and vintage clothing on display throughout the museum. The special theme room will be ‘Those 70’s”. A special discount admission rate of $8 has been arranged for the Fall FLT weekend. The discount will be given to anyone who presents their hike registration name tag. The museum is open 9 AM to 5 PM every day.

Other Area Attractions:

Rogers Environmental Center: www.friendsofrogers.org
Wolf Mountain: www.thewolfmountainnaturecenter.org (Sunday only noon to 4 PM)
Black Bear Winery: www.blackbearwinery.com

Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap room: www.goodnaturebrewing.com Numerous Farm Markets throughout Chenango County


Pre-ordered grab and go lunches for Saturday and Sunday contains bottle of water, fruit, wrap, dessert.

Wrap choices are: Ham with cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard. Turkey with lettuce, tomato, honey mustard. Veggie (multiple veggies with hummus).

Friday night buffet: salad bar, vegetable lasagna, Italian sausage with peppers & onions, sirloin beef tips with mushrooms in Merlot demi glaze, pork loin in gravy, butternut squash, Mediterranean mixed vegetables, oven roasted seasoned red potatoes, scalloped potatoes with ham, mozzarella sticks, breaded toasted ravioli, and a dessert bar.

Saturday night buffet: salad bar, chef carved baked ham and roast turkey carving station, chicken marsala, vegetable lasagna, Swedish meatballs, seafood Newburg, sweet corn, herb stuffing, sautéed green beans with roasted red peppers, honey roasted red potatoes, breaded vegetables, breaded macaroni & cheese bites, and a dessert bar.

Breakfast is on your own, ask at registrations for recommendations.

For more information about the area visit Commerce Chenango at www.visitchenango.com or Discover Chenango County at www.chenangocounty.org