28. South Mountain Road in Conesville, Schoharie County to West Conesville

Feature: Scenic road walks, Manor Kill and Manor Kill Falls
Distance: 9.50 miles
USGS Map Quads: Ashland, Prattsville, Gilboa, Livingstonville
Trail Conference Map: Long Path North on the back of Trail Map 141 (Northeastern Catskill Trails)

General Description

This section of the Long Path is a mixture of pleasant woods walks and scenic road walks. The Long Path follows South Mountain Road, which has outstanding scenery, for about 3 miles. The trail then passes near Sicklers Mountain on private land, and reaches the ravine of the Manor Kill just before the section ends, providing great views of the Manor Kill and Manor Kill Falls.

Access

Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 21 (Catskill). Continue west on NY Route 23 for about 8 miles. Keep right on NY Route 145 and continue about 11 miles, then keep left onto Greene County Route 22. Continue straight onto Greene County Route 20 for about 4 miles. The road changes into Durham Road when it enters Schoharie County. In another 2 miles turn left onto Toles Hollow Road, then turn right onto South Mountain Road. In less than 2 miles the Long Path will come in from a forest road on the left, across from Cook Road on the right. 

Parking

0.00 A few cars can be parked near the corner of South Mountain Road and the forest road. (42.37356°, -74.31530°)
3.80 There is parking in Conesville. (unlocated)
7.00 Pangman Road (formerly Pangburn Road) (limited parking). (42.36942°, -74.41737°)
8.50 NY Route 990V and Prattsville Road (formerly Schoharie County Road 39). (42.38064°, -74.43084°

Camping

Camping is available to backpackers in the reforestation areas near the start of this section. You may camp anywhere in the reforestation areas, as long as you stay 150 feet away from the trail and from water.

Trail Description

0.00 Turn left (west) on South Mountain Road. The next several miles will be roadwalking, but the scenery is outstanding.
3.05 Turn left on Potter Mountain Road (formerly Schoharie County Road 3).
3.80 Turn left onto Champlin Road in the hamlet of Conesville.
4.45 Turn right into the woods. For the next few miles the trail follows mostly old woods roads, and passes north of Sicklers Mountain. The trail is on private land here. Please respect the property, and sign the log book at the start of the trail.

The trail is closed from mile 4.45 to mile 7.15 during hunting season (October 1 to December 15), and you'll have to continue on Route 990V in the hamlet of Conesville.

woods in Schoharie County

28.1 Woods on the foot of Sicklers Mountain. 2010 [JAKOB FRANKE]

6.65 The Long Path turns sharply right on a woods road, then turns sharply left off the woods road.
6.85 The trail crosses hoses for the collection of maple sap, and an old barbed wire fence.
6.90 Turn sharply left onto an old overgrown woods road. To the right are views of the valley of the Manor Kill and the mountains north of it.
7.00 Turn left off the road. The trail goes slightly uphill, and follows to the right of a stone wall with barbed wire on top, and DEP signs.
7.15 The trail pases by a few old antennas and reaches Pangman Road, which is a gravel road. The Long Path turns left on Pangman Road, and in 100 ft turns right into the woods again.
7.35 An unmarked trail joins from the right.
7.65 There are views of the valley and mountains to the right. The trail follows an old chainlink and barbed wire fence on the right.
7.75 Turn right across the fence. There now is a barbed wire fence on the left. The trail crosses a seasonal stream, turns left, then turns right, still following a barbed wire fence. There are views to the right.
7.85 Turn left again, still following a barbed wire fence.
8.50 The trail approaches a paved road, but turns right before it gets there, and continues over a small hill.
9.15 The ravine of the Manor Kill is to the right, the road to the left. The trail continues over another small hill.
9.25 Great viewpoint over the Manor Kill ravine and beyond.
9.35 The trail turns left and follows a woods road.
9.40 About 50 ft to the right is a good vantage point to admire the Manor Kill Falls.
9.50 The trail reaches Prattsville Road after turning left around a chainlink fence. To the right is the bridge across the Manor Kill, and the junction with Route 990V.

Manor Kill Falls

28.2 Manor Kill Falls. 2010 [JAKOB FRANKE]