Tug Hill East

The Tug Hill East term refers area lies between the center of the Tug Hill Plateau and state route 12 in New York. Kick ‘n Gliders ski these trails from the Boonville area.


BREIA is a not-for-profit corporation funded by a private family foundation, as a gift to the people of New York. Access to the trails and facilities is free. BREIA boasts more than 50 kilometers of trails, making it one of the largest classic ski, snowshoe, and mountain biking trail systems in the East. There are four locations in diverse landscapes, each offering a distinctive skiing experience. Maps for each system are available at trailheads.

BREIA – Canal Trail

BREIA – Canal Trail

The Canal Trail was the first facility to be developed, and remains one the most popular. Running from Boonville south for 13 kilometers along the historic Black River Canal, the trail is flat for much of its length. As the canal descends into the spectacular Boonville Gorge and passes the beautiful Pixley Falls State Park, steeper sections next to ruined locks become more numerous. The warming hut at the trailhead in Boonville offers of ski equipment for a small rental fee. Boonville Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.476494,-75.320734

Pixley SP Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.40335,-75.344622

Trail’s End Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.40419,-75.363513

Map: http://www.breiax-countryski.org/pdfs/BREIA_CanalTrail_Map.pdf

Website: http://www.breiax-countryski.org/

BREIA – Jackson Road

The finest views and the most spectacular landscapes are to be found in the Skyfields trail system on Jackson Hill. Although these trails encompass some rugged and remote terrain, they also include, in the Long Field and Sun Field areas, pleasant loops suitable for beginners. From the Sunfield the views extend as far as the hills south of the Mohawk Valley. The North Loop in the Long Field gives a glimpse of the Tug Hill escarpment stretching away to the north. Adirondack Field offers the most impressive view of all, sweeping north and west over the vast wilderness of the Adirondacks. East of Jackson Hill Road, beyond the picturesque and newly renovated warming hut, the land slopes steeply down to the Black River Canal, offering a challenge to advanced skiers and telemarkers. Further south is Snowshoe Heaven, a wild area offering many opportunities for showshoers. In several places the Skyfields system crosses private and State property, where BREIA manages the trails.

Jackson Road Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.4424,-75.346298

Website: http://www.breiax-countryski.org/

Map: http://www.breiax-countryski.org/pdfs/BREIA_JacksonHillTrail_Map.pdf

BREIA – Potato Hill Farm

The Potato Hill Farm (PHF) campus offers over 4 miles of well-maintained biking, hiking, xc-skiing and snowshoeing trails across 170 acres of land. Visitors are enthused by the working farm which includes Black Welsh Mountain sheep, Alpine Dairy goats, Percheron horses, alpacas and donkeys. PHF is a private campus during the school year and is available for limited public use throughout the year from dawn until dark.

Address: 11904 Potato Hill Rd, Boonville, NY

Phone: 315-942-2299

Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.43957,-75.30295

Website: http://www.breiax-countryski.org/

Map: http://www.breiax-countryski.org/potato-hill-farm-trails/

BREIA – Egypt Rd Trails

With its welcoming warming hut and its varied forest landscape, the Egypt Road trail system is the favorite among many visitors. The easy/moderate Rim Trail overlooks Alder Creek valley. Plunging down into the valley are four Gully Trails for expert skiers, who at the bottom are rewarded with the Creek View Trail along a pristine brook winding through a deep hemlock forest. The Rim Trail continues north of Egypt Road as the Glacier Trail, which includes some steeper terrain as it traverses an interesting glacial “kettle” landscape. There is a link to the impressive Great Trail, which has its own trailhead further east on Egypt Road.

Egypt Rd – Top Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.411263,-75.267243

Egypt Rd – Bottom Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.422902,-75.246053

Website: http://www.breiax-countryski.org/

Map: http://www.breiax-countryski.org/pdfs/BREIA_EgyptRdTrail_Map.pdf

Other Area Trails

Carpenter Road

The Carpenter Road Cross-Country Ski Trails are located on the Lesser Wilderness State Forest in the Town of Turin, Lewis County. There are 3 loops with connecting trails encompassing approximately 7.8 miles. For the most part, these trails are in wooded areas and are designed for the novice and intermediate cross-country skier and double as pathways for bikers during the summer season. We generally prefer the Top Trailhead.

Top Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.66276,-75.46152

Bottom Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.65992,-75.44897

Map: https://www.blackriverny.com/place/carpenter-road-cross-country-ski-trails-hiking-trails/

Whetstone Gulf SP

Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. One trail follows the stream in the base of the gorge. A more spectacular trail follows the rim of the gorge. Commonly snowshoed, it is a spectacular ski.

Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.70194,-75.46526

Website: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/92/

Map: https://parks.ny.gov/documents/parks/WhetstoneGulfTrailMap.pdf

Centennial Scoot Trail

Ungroomed Centennial Scoot, 3.25 miles, is the major through trail connecting the two parking lots. Leading out of the Steam Mill trail-head, the trail is gently rolling through mixed hardwood and coniferous forest. The trail shortly turns northerly, at its intersection with the Bear Ridge trail at mile 1.57 and then easterly, soon intersecting a high bank overlooking Lake Brantingham inlet stream. At mile 2.7 it intersects the northerly end of the Bear Ridge trail. At this point the skier may choose to follow the Bear Ridge trail back to the Steam Mill Road, essentially a novice trip with no significant down hill runs, or continue to the north to the Partridgeville Road which requires caution as the trail comes down a steep ridge.

Steam Mill Rd Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.685986,-75.252571

Partridgeville Rd Trailhead Lat,Long: 43.71306,-75.22354

Website: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2018/11/featured-trails-centennial-recreational-ski-trails-brantingham.html

Map: https://adirondackatlas.org/?token=94d18cf4540a7530bcbea60b709c17d0