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Closure Supports Rehabilitation of Homestead Trail X-C Ski Trail

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the temporary closure of a section of Arab Hill Forest Road, located between Lewis Road and Housington Road, at Boutwell Hill State Forest in Chautauqua County. This closure is necessary to accommodate the rehabilitation of the Homestead Trail located off the northern section of Arab Hill Forest Road. This project is being accomplished in conjunction with the Boutwell Hill Ski Club, Inc., which supports this trail under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement with DEC. Parks and Trails New York (PTNY) awarded the club a grant for this work in January 2024.

This sustainable trail rehabilitation project on the Homestead cross-country ski trail in Boutwell Hill State Forest will expand and diversify trail use to include year-long access to be inclusive for hikers, runners, cyclists, equestrians, and skiers. The improvements include the installation of a large culvert that will replace a deteriorating bridge and enhance trail access. In addition, improvements will be made to the trail surface and drainage along the trail.

Other trails that may be affected by the construction are the Earl Cardot East Side Overland Trail and the Chautauqua County Equestrian Trails that traverse the property. Trail closure signs and reroutes will be posted as needed during construction. Visitors are advised to be mindful of signage and associated detours when using the trail systems during construction.

The closure is expected to last at least 60 days. The visiting public should check the Boutwell Hill Web page for updates.

DEC’s ability to adequately maintain resources like this trail at Boutwell Hill State Forest is enhanced with the support of individuals and groups like Boutwell Hill Ski Club, Inc., that volunteer their time and talent to help preserve and enhance these resources for all to enjoy. Volunteers and partners help to preserve, maintain, and enhance the nearly five million acres of State land and conservation easements and facilities under DEC’s jurisdiction. For more information please visit the Volunteer Stewardship Agreements webpage.

For more information on PTNY Grants and recipients please visit the official New York State webpage.

DEC also encourages visitors to consider accessing other state properties across Western New York, including:

New Yorkers are encouraged to Love Our New York Lands at Boutwell Hill and all natural spaces by practicing Leave No Trace™ principles and by recreating safely, sustainably, and hiking in suitable conditions based on weather and experience level.