North of Utica and southwest of Lowville, the Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center has 40km of groomed tracks combining numerous loops along streams and gorges.
To reach the trailhead from the south in Camden, head north on River Road to Florence. In Florence, turn onto Florence-Osceola Road to Osceola. In Osceola, turn right onto Osceola-West Leyden Road. The ski center is on the right.
To reach the trailhead from Syracuse take Rt. 81 North to the Parish exit, then Rt. 69 East to Camden, turn left at the first light that you come to. You are now going North on Main Street or Rt. 13. Go 4/10 of a mile until you see a green traffic sign with arrows to the right for the Town of Florence and the Town of Osceola, turn right at the sign and this turns into River Road. Go 6-7 miles until you come to a stop sign in Florence, turn left, go 200 yards and turn right onto Osceola Road, another 6-7 miles to the Hamlet of Osceola. We are a small community with a bar and store in the center of town. At the four corners turn right or East and the ski center is located 1/2 miles East of the Hamlet of Osceola.
To reach the trailhead from Lowville, head south on SR26 to West Leyden. Turn right heading west on Osceola Road for 15 miles. Park at the Osceola XC Ski Center.
Overall, Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center is the 6th most popular cross country ski area of all 60 Nordic ski destinations in New York. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center including Carpenter Road Ski Trails and Whetstone Gulf State Park.
Local Contacts: Osceola XC Center (315) 599-7377; Lewis County Tourism (315) 376-2213; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Cedar Pine Motel, Osceola (315) 599-7372
Luxury Loding: Osceola Hotel (315) 599-8822
Breakfast Restaurant: MOMS, West Leyden
Reference Source: click here http://www.uxcski.com/
GPS: 43.5001, -75.7228
Date Published: 12/30/2015
Date Updated: 7/23/2016
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