Camp at the Shindagin Hollow Lean-To

1 miles 150 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Brian Maley

The Shindagin lean-to is tucked into a little hollow on the edge of a beautiful, hemlock-lined ravine. Surrounded by towering Hemlocks and White Pines, a night spent in the shelter is an opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful Northern Hardwood and ravine habitats that Upstate, NY has to offer.

From the parking spot on Prospect Valley Rd., cross the footbridge as part of the Finger Lakes Trail due East. The trail will be marked with white blazes. As you follow the blazes you will hike up for about 0.5 miles, increasing elevation by about 150ft, and then down 30-50 ft for 0.2 miles before reaching the shelter. Within sight of the shelter are two other fire rings for multiple group use.

The 12 year old shelter is in fantastic shape, and is equipped with an axe, rake, broom, and a few other supplies that come and go as hikers do. There is a metal fire ring, with a large grill grate. Fresh water can be gathered from the creek that is 100ft past the shelter at a small but beautiful waterfall. A clean outhouse is also available about 100 ft behind the shelter, and can be found by following the blue blazes. No reservation or permits are required.

The lean-to is located at 42.32761°N, 76.32905°W.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Camping
Photography
Snowshoeing
Backpacking
Hiking
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Explorer

🥇Top Contributor

over 4 years ago

Mountain Biking Must

This state forest has awesome mountain biking trails! Should be listed for it's one of the main reasons I head there in the summer. Sweet man-made ramps, jumps, and bridges around every corner.

Great Campsite

The lean-to is a great little site. We tend to stay near it in our tents rather than camp in it, as I'm not a big lean-to camper. That said, there is a lot of fallen wood for fires and there is a river that runs near the site that makes water access easy. The forest here is beautiful!

Stay Nearby

Freeville, New York

Miss Franny's Farm

20 ft round Stout Bell Tent on a hill behind our barn, overlooking fields, forest, Virgil Creek and wetlands. Abundant with wildlife and migratory birds, there are 125 acres to explore. This farm i...

From $90/night

Ithaca, New York

Meadow Retreat At Little Leaf Farm

Please note that we currently cannot accommodate anyone from the following states due to State required quarantine: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawai...

From $148/night

Ithaca, New York

Gorges Hideaway At Little Leaf Farm

Please note that we currently cannot accommodate anyone from the following states due to State required quarantine: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawai...

From $158/night

Ithaca, New York

Home Sweet Campsite Two

Home Sweet Campsite Two is perfect for campers who want to explore all of what Ithaca has to offer! Located only 10 minutes away from both Cornell University and Ithaca College, this tent site is y...

From $170/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

    The East Ithaca Recreational Walkway, which traverses the Six Mile Creek Natural Area, can be accessed at the parking areas on Burns Rd. or Coddington Rd. The walkway, which used to be a railroad, runs flat and straight from East to West. From t...

    4.5 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike the Eldridge Wilderness Loop

    Park in the designated lot directly off Troy Rd and begin the loop at the only trail entering the parking area (the lot only holds about 4-5 vehicles). Because this is a loop trial, when it splits after 200 yards take either route and still end at...

    2.3 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike the Thayer Preserve Loop at Lick Brook

    On Townline road, park at the pulloff where you'll see arrows pointing to the "Thayer Loop Trail" and a kiosk describing the trail. This trail is a short trail that travels along the side of Lick Brook overlooking several small cascades and waterf...

    0.8 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook

    Trailheads and parking are on both Sandbank and Townline Roads, with elevations ranging from 280-330m. Follow the white blazes of the Finger Lakes trail downhill with views of the gorge, and wind through massive oak and maple trees. At the bottom...

    1.6 miles 500 ft gain