Driving Directions

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Camp Pinnacle, WSW of Albany, NY
Map: 1:15,000, contours 5 m.
Preparation: updated 2005 by Mark Dominie
Directions: From I-90 in Albany, take Exit 4 onto Rt. 85 west. Follow Rt. 85 for about 11 miles and make a right onto Thacher Rd (Rt. 157). Turn left off Rt. 157 onto County Road 311 (Beaver Dam Road) and follow it up the hill; turn left at first intersection onto County Road 303 (Pinnacle Road, again uphill).  Google maps)

Camp Wakpominee, between Lake George and Fort Ann, NY
Map: 1:10,000, contours 5 m.
Preparation: 2013 by Mark Dominie
Directions: From I-87/Northway use exit 20 (from the south) to Rt 9 north and bear right on Rt 149. From the north use exit 21 to Rt 9 south and bear left on Rt 149. Go past the light at Ridge Road (9L) and watch for the left turn onto Buttermilk Falls Road and continue (road name changes to Sly Pond Road) until you see signs for the Scout Camp. Look for O signs for parking. (Google maps)
Notes: Boy Scout property to be used only with permission of Twin Rivers Council. Latrines; pavilion available.

Cole Hill State Forest, East Berne, NY
Map: 1:10,000, contours 5 m, 2012
Preparation: Phil Hawkes-Teeter. on LiDAR base map produced by Eddie Bergeron (SVO).

  • From the east side of Albany come out Delaware Avenue, through Delmar, which will become NY 443. Continue on through Clarksville to the junction with NY 85, and then up the Helderberg escarpment. At the top of the hill 443 and 85 separate again, and you bear right, staying on 443. Go through East Berne past the turn-off to Thacher Park. Three-fourths (0.75) of a mile past that turn, you will reach Cole Hill Road (Albany County Route 2). The Helderberg Rescue Squad Building is on the corner. Turn left and head part way up the hill 1.25 miles to the first right turn which is Willsey Road (Albany County Route 3). Turn right and drive 9/10 of a mile to the first right turn, which is Irish Hill Road. Turn right and drive 6/10 of a mile to parking.
  • From central Albany come out NY 85, through Slingerlands, then New Salem, to the junction with NY 443. From there, stay on 443 and follow the directions above.
  • From Guilderland and western Albany, and those coming down the Northway, you can either take NY 85, as above, or go west on Western Avenue (US 20) to NY 146. Take 146 to Altamont where it junctions with NY 156. Take 156 up the escarpment through Knox to Berne, where 156 ends at the junction with NY 443. Continue straight on 443 across the bridge for 100 yards and then where 443 bends right (west) you continue straight up the hill on Irish Hill Road, which is paved in some parts and dirt in other parts. The road bends sharply a few times, and after 2.8 miles you will reach the parking.
  • From Schenectady, either take NY 146 to Altamont and continue as above, or come out NY 158 (Guilderland Avenue) to the junction with NY 146, and then proceed as above. (DEC map) (Google map)
  • Notes: There is very little parking at the event site, and most people will have to park along the road. The road is narrow, so in order not to block it too badly everyone should park on the east side. Also note that there are no facilities of any sort at Cole Hill. The last public facilities en route are the Clarksville Stewarts at the 443 & 85 junction, the Mobil convenience store on 443 in East Berne, or in Altamont the Stewarts or Ketchum’s Sunoco.

Clifton Park/Shenendehowa (Clifton Common and surrounding parkland), Clifton Park, NY (web site)
Map: 1:10,000, contours 5m, updated 2019.
Preparation: Eric Hamilton, Phil Hawkes-Teeter, Bill Jameson
Directions: From I-87, take exit 9. Head west on Rt. 146. (Google maps)

Colonie Mohawk River Park (formerly Colonie Town Park), Colonie, NY (web site)
Map: 1:7,500, contours 2.5m, 2012.
Preparation: Expanded map, fieldwork by Will Kennerly, Phil Hawkes-Teeter, Frank Boscoe, Bill Jameson
Directions: From Rt. 7 (between I-787 and I-87), take Rt. 9 north for about 3 miles, then left onto Old Loudon Rd. for 0.25 miles, then left again on Schermerhorn Rd. Park entrance is about 0.75 miles on the right. (Google maps)

Crandall Park/Coles Woods, Glens Falls, NY
Map: 1:7,500, contours 2.5m, 2017.
Preparation: from LiDAR, Phil Hawkes-Teeter
Directions: Take the Northway (I-87) to Exit 19. Go east on Rt. 254 for about 0.75 miles, then right on Rt. 9 for about 1.0 miles to the park entrance on the right. Follow O-signs to parking. For Ski-O events, turn into lot behind “The Inside Edge.” (Google maps)
Notes: no sanitary facilities


Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, Saranac Lake, NY (website)
Map: 1:5000, contours 2.5 m
Preparation: Phil Hawkes-Teeter and David Hunter, updated 2019 using latest IOF Ski-O symbols
Directions: From downtown Saranac Lake follow Rte 3 west for one mile; entrance is on the left.


Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Map: 1:10,000, contours 2.5m, 2012
Preparation: Latest update: Phil Hawkes-Teeter, Frank Boscoe, Bruce Beesley
Directions:  (Google maps)

  • From the Albany/Delmar city line, go southwest on Rt. 443 (Delaware Ave.) for about 4.5 miles, then right on Orchard Street. After about 0.5 miles, turn left onto Game Farm Rd. The entrance is about 0.2 miles on the right. Follow O-signs to parking.
  • From Thruway exit 23, follow signs for NY 9W South and continue to 9W/NY 32 split. Bear right onto NY 32, and continue until it ends. At the T, turn right. Turn left at first traffic light (past Bethlehem High School; this will be NY 443) and follow 443/Delaware Ave. ~1 mile. Turn right on Orchard Rd (at Five Rivers Center sign) and follow O-signs to parking.

Foxenkill Flats (Berne-Knox-Westerlo School), Berne, NY Map: 1:5000, contours 2.5m
Preparation: fieldwork and drafting by Phil Hawkes-Teeter, April 2009
Directions: From the north take NY156 from Altamont to Berne and the junction with NY443; or from the east take NY443 from Delmar to Berne and the junction with NY156. From the junction, continue west on NY443 approximately 1/2 mile to Berne-Knox-Westerlo School. On the west side of the school there is a sign at a right turn into a parking lot, directing you to the BKW Track Complex. Follow this driveway down the hill to the parking area. (Google maps)


Garnet Hill, North River, NY (web site)
Map: 1:15,000, contours 5m.
Preparation: Original fieldwork Stefan Slutsky NOV 96, drawn on OCAD by Bill Jameson, updated DEC 99 by Phil Hawkes-Teeter.
Directions: From South: 1-87 to Exit 23. Follow Rt. 9 for about 5 km thru Warrensburg, then turn left onto Rt. 28. Go about 30 km, then turn left at the sign for Garnet Hill. From North: I-87 to Exit 26. Follow Rt. 9 south for 8 km, then right onto Rt. 8 for 8 km, then right onto Rt. 28 for 15 km. Follow signs for Garnet Hill. From West: I-90 to Exit 31, then NW on Rt. 8 for about 150 km, then left on Rt. 28 for 15 km. Follow signs for Garnet Hill. (Google maps)

Garnsey Park, Rexford, NY (web site)
Map: 1:7500, Spring 2020
Preparation: Fieldwork and drafting by Eric Hamilton; minor updates by Phil Hawkes-Teeter
Directions: From the Northway (I-87) take Exit 9W and merge onto NYS Route 146 W. Follow Rte 146 for approximately 5 miles. The park is located on the north side of 146, approximately 1.1 miles west of Waite Road and 1/2 mile east of Saratoga County Route 110 (Blue Barns Road).
Address is 1481 NYS-146, Rexford, NY 12148

Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY (web site)
Map: 1:15,000, contours 5m, Spring 2018
Fieldwork and drafting by Mark Dominie, Spring 2018; minor update (one new trail) by Phil Hawkes-Teeter, Fall 2018.
Directions: From I-787 northeast of Albany, exit onto Rt. 7 toward Troy. Follow Rt. 7 east for about 6 miles, then bear right onto Rt. 278. Go 1.5 miles until Rt. 278 ends, and turn left onto Rt. 2. Follow Rt. 2 east for about 7 miles. Follow signs into the park. (Google maps)  If used, Shaver Pond Center is located on Shaver Pond Road (between eastbound park entrance road and main park road).
Notes: From Memorial Day to Labor Day a park entrance fee may apply.
Permanent Courses: Contact the Park Office at 518-279-1155 for a Permanent Course map (beginner and advanced beginner courses available).


Hayes Nature Park, Clifton Park, NY
Map: 1:5,000, contours 2.5m, 2014
Preparation: Fieldwork by Eric Hamilton and Bill Jameson; drafting by Bill Jameson
Directions:  From the Northway (I-87), take Exit 8 West for about 1 mile, then right at the light onto Moe Road. Go North on Moe for about 0.6 miles to the park on right.  NOTE: If the lot is full, park on Thouroughbred or Wilshire, just south of the park off Moe. Do NOT park on Moe, and be careful walking on or across it. (Google maps)
Notes: No sanitary facilities. (public bathrooms may be available at the Stewart’s Shop on Crescent/Vischer Ferry Road, west of the Northway, or at McDonald’s east of the Northway, near Exit 8)


Kinns Road/Dwaas Kill, Clifton Park, NY — Parking is in the same place as always.
Map: 1:7,500, contours 2.5 m, 2011.
Preparation: Update by Janet & Glen Tryson, Marty & Phil Hawkes-Teeter
        [Original 1996 Kinns Road map–fieldwork by Eric Hamilton, John Beatty, Cynthia Johnson; cartography by Eric Hamilton.] 
Directions: From I-87 southbound: Take Exit 10. From the exit ramp, turn right, and then immediately left onto Pierce Rd. Go 1 mile to stop sign and turn right on Kinns Road. Park is 1.5 miles on left. From I-87 northbound: Take Exit 9. Go left on Rt. 146 under I-87 and take the first right onto Plank Road. Follow Plank Rd. until it ends and turn left on Kinns Rd. Park is 0.5 miles on left. (Google maps)
Notes: No sanitary facilities


Lapland Lake Resort, Benson, NY (web site)
Map: 1:10,000, contours 6 m, 1998.
Preparation: Field work by Eric Hamilton and drafted with OCAD for Ski O.
Directions: From Northville go north on Route 30 for 3 miles and turn left on Benson Road. Look for Lapland Lake signs on the right about 6 miles up Benson Road.


Margaret Burke Wildlife Management Area, Knox, NY
Map: 1:10,000, contours 2.5m, 2018-19
Preparation: Field work and cartography by Phil Hawkes-Teeter
Directions: From Altamont, take NY 156 south, past the turn for Thacher Park. At the top of the hill, turn left (south) on Pleasant Valley Road. There are two very small parking areas, one on the E side, and the other on the W side of the road. Event details will advise where you should park, or watch for O-signs. (Google maps)
Notes: No sanitary facilities

Mohawk River Lock 7 Park (see Niskayuna Parks), Niskayuna, NY

Moreau Lake State Park, Moreau, NY (web site)
Map: 1:10,000, contours 5 m, 2010
Preparation: Fieldwork and cartography, Barb & Mark Dominie. Minor updates 2011-12, Glen Tryson and Phil Hawkes-Teeter.
Directions: From I-87 north of Albany, take Exit 17S to Rt. 9 south. Immediately take a right onto Old Saratoga Rd. Park entrance is 0.5 miles on right. Follow O-signs to parking.  (Google maps)
Notes: From Memorial Day to Labor Day a park entrance fee may apply.

Mt. van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, NY (website)
Map: 1:11,000, contours 5 m, 2019
Preparation: Updates 2019 by David Hunter, using latest IOF Ski-O symbols.
Directions: From I-87 North, take Exit 30. Entrance is 30 miles north-east on Rte. 73 on the left.


Niskayuna Parks (formerly Mohawk River Lock 7 Park / Schenectady Museum Nature Preserve), Niskayuna, NY
Map: 1:10,000, contours 5m
Preparation: 2017 by Phil Hawkes-Teeter, from new LiDAR and 1988 fieldwork by Kroum Sergiev
original map, 1995; updated: 2005 Janet Tryson; 2010 Will Kennerly.
Directions:  (Google maps)
Notes: Portable toilet in Lock 7 parking area

  • From the Northway (I 87), take exit 6, west on Rt. 7 (not 6W). After about 3.3 miles, turn right on Rosendale Rd (traffic light, across from a Stewart’s convenience store). Bear left on Rosendale Rd at the bottom of the hill (River Rd. will go to the right), and continue 2 miles to Lock 7 Road (a right turn) which comes after a sharp right bend. Follow Lock 7 Road to the second parking area, at the Lock.
  • From Schenectady, take Rt. 7 east to Mohawk Rd. (about 2.5 miles from the Crosstown) and turn left on Mohawk. Follow it to the end. Turn left on Rosendale Road, which will bend to the right. Turn right on Lock 7 road which is the the next right (where Rosendale Road bends left) and follow it to the second parking area, at the Lock.

Norray Farm, (see Pleasant Valley Farms) Berne, NY


Partridge Run, Berne, NY
Map: (Full area, 1:25,000) contours 5m. Event maps usually 1:10000. 2016
Preparation: Fieldwork and cartography by Philip Hawkes-Teeter; LiDAR update in 2016.
Directions: From the North – from NY 443 in Berne, continue West on 443 to junction with Albany County Rt.1 (Switzkill Road). Turn left (south) on Rt.1 and then turn right (depending upon the event Start location) onto either County Rt.13 (Sickle Hill Road) or later onto County Rt.6 (Ravine Road). From the South – from NY 143 in Westerlo, go straight (west) at the junction with County Rt.1. Turn left (west) at the junction with NY 85, and then right (north) at the junction with County Rt.6. Depending upon the event Start location, you may need to turn left (west) at the junction with County Rt.13. From the East – head West or South on either NY 443 or NY85, and then pick up the directions from their junctions with County Rt.1. From the West – head east on either NY 85 or NY 443; if on 443, pick up the directions from the junction with County Rt.1 above; if on 85, turn left (north) at the junction with County Rt.6. There will be O-signs from County Rt. 1 at both the North junction and from the South (Westerlo), plus signs at the relevant turns on County Rts. 6 & 13.  (Google maps)
Notes: no sanitary (or any other) facilities

Peebles Island State Park, Waterford, NY (web site)
Map: 1:7,500, contours 2.5 m, 1992. Minor updates 2011 Phil Hawkes-Teeter, 2012 Janet Tryson.
Directions: From Albany take I-787 North. After crossing Rt. 7, 787 is no longer a limited access highway. Go about 2.2 miles north of the junction with Rt 7, and turn right at the 4th traffic light, Ontario St. (Rt. 470). Go 0.7 miles, then turn left on Delaware Ave just before the bridge. Park in the lot south of the one-lane bridge. (Google maps)
Notes: From Memorial Day to Labor Day a park entrance fee may apply.

Pineridge Cross County Ski Center, Poestenkill, NY (web site)
Map: 1:15,000, contours 5 m, 2015; event maps may be 1:10000 or 1:7500. Ski-O version with minor updates, 2016.
Preparation: Mark Dominie, 2015.
Directions: FROM ALBANY — I-90 east across the Hudson River to Exit 8. Take Route 43 through West Sand Lake. Turn left on Route 351 to Poestenkill, then right on Plank Road (County Route 40) for 6 miles. Follow signs to Pineridge. (Google maps)

Pleasant Valley Farms, (includes former Norray Farm area) Berne, NY
Map: 1:10,000, contours 5m, 2014
Preparation: Phil Hawkes-Teeter from LiDAR basemap
Directions: From Altamont, take Route 156 West up the hill towards Knox & Berne. Stay on NY156 beyond the left turn to Thacher Park, then turn left on County Route 254 (Pleasant Valley Road). Continue 3.5 miles to Norray Farm and watch for the O flag and/or direction arrow on the left for parking (usually across from a farmhouse, down the dirt road). If you are coming from the Southwest, take NY 443 to Berne; from there pick up NY 156 North towards Knox, go 1 mile, and turn right on County Route 254 (Pleasant Valley Road), and continue to the Farm; access road on the right.  Ggoogle maps)
Notes: no sanitary facilities (maintained outhouse only)


Saratoga Biathlon & Competition Center, Day, NY
Map: 1:5000 contours 6 m, 1998.
Preparation: Original by Patrick Quinlan 1985, updated and drawn on OCAD by Eric Hamilton DEC 97 and again DEC 99, with additional fieldwork.
Directions: From Saratoga, take Route 9N north towards Corinth. Take a left onto Mosher Road (marked with a sign that says, ‘Great Sacandaga Lake’). Mosher Road becomes West Mountain Road, then bear left (over six miles from Rt 9N) on South Shore Road. Follow South Shore Road one mile to a dirt driveway on the left. Saratoga Biathlon is a short distance up this driveway. For other directions use 3016 South Shore Road, Day, NY in your favorite mapping software.  (Google maps)

Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, NY (web site)
Map: 1:10,000, contours 3 m, original 1987 by Heather Williams; redrafted in OCAD 2002; minor updates 2009 Frank Boscoe, 2010 Phil Hawkes-Teeter.
Directions: From I-87 north of Albany, take Exit 13 and go north on Rt. 9 for about 3 miles. There are two park entrances on left, so look for O-signs and follow to parking. (Google maps)
Notes: From Memorial Day to Labor Day a park entrance fee may apply.

Schenectady Central Park, Schenectady, NY
Map: 1:7500, contours 2.5m
Preparation: 2017 by Phil Hawkes-Teeter from LiDAR basemap plus 1992 fieldwork by Kroum Sergiev
Directions: From Troy-Schenectady Road (NY Rt. 7), go North at the Golf Road intersection. At the T-intersection, watch for O signs to parking. (Fehr Ave parking area is a right turn from the T; lot on the left)
(Google maps)

Switzkill Farm, Berne, NY (website)
Map: 1:10,000, 2016 by Phil Hawkes-Teeter from LiDAR.
Directions (Bing maps): From the north (Altamont/Guilderland/Schenectady) | From the west (I-88, Schoharie) | From the south (Greenville) | From the east (Thruway/Berkshire Spur)


Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, NY
Map: 1:7,500, contours 2.5 m, 2016 update 
Preparation: original fieldwork July 1989 by Pat Dunlavey, Eric Hamilton, Dan Hickey, Adam Jameson, Bill Jameson, and Tom Zetterstrom, with drafting by Bill Jameson; OCAD conversion May 2002 by Janet Tryson; fieldwork June 2002 by Janet & Greg Tryson, Sue & Phil Hawkes-Teeter; field and OCAD update October 2002 by Phil Hawkes-Teeter; update 2008 Phil Hawkes-Teeter and Bob Lange; update 2012 Will Kennerly. Update from LiDAR 2016 by PHT
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 20 and the southern end of the Northway (I-87), go west on Rt. 20 for about 5 miles, then left on Rt. 146. Park entrance is 0.75 miles on left. Follow O-signs to parking.  (Google maps)

(John Boyd) Thacher State Park, New Scotland, NY (web site)
Map: 1:15,000, contours 5 m, 2005.
Preparation: New fieldwork and drafting 2005 by Mark Dominie
Directions: From I-90 in Albany, take Exit 4 onto Rt. 85 west. Follow Rt. 85 for about 11 miles and make a right onto Thacher Rd (Rt. 157). Park is about 2 miles ahead. Follow O-signs to parking.  (Google maps)
Notes: From Memorial Day to Labor Day a park entrance fee may apply.


Vischer Ferry Preserve, Clifton Park, NY
Map: 1995 (Eric Hamilton).
Directions: From Northway (I-87) Exit 8, go West to Van Vrankin Road, turn left (South) and go to the end. Park in lot across the intersection. (topozone map) (Google maps)
Notes: no sanitary facilities


Wakpominee Scout Camp — see Camp Wakpominee

Washington Park, Albany, NY
Map: 1:5,000, contours 2m 2016. ISSOM version 2018 by Dylan Thies.
Preparation: Original map 1988. LiDAR update 2016 by PHT.
Directions: From I-90 north and west of Albany, take Exit 4 onto Rt. 85 south. Go about 1 mile and take the exit for Western Ave. Follow Western Ave. east for about 1 mile, then bear right onto Madison Ave. Park is about 1.5 miles on the left. Alternate directions from the Washington Park Conservancy. Follow O-signs to parking. (topozone map) Ggoogle maps)

Woods Hollow, Ballston Spa, NY
Map: 1:10,000 or 1:7500, contours 2.5m, New map, 2012
Preparation: Bill Jameson, Bob Lange.
Directions: From the Northway, take Exit 13S and go south on Rt. 9 for about 0.5 miles to a light. Turn right (west) onto Malta Ave. Go about 1.5 miles, and turn right (west) onto North Line Rd. Go about 1 mile and cross Rt. 50 at a light. From that light to about 0.25 miles to the entrance on the right. Look for an O sign or flag at the otherwise unmarked entrance. If you get to Rowland Ave, you’ve gone too far. (Google maps)