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Morgan Hill Forest—Onondaga Trailhead campground

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Morgan Hill Forest—Onondaga Trailhead campground is located in New York

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42.76796182212091 N
75.99777306530926 W

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  • Drive-In
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  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Dispersed
  • Group

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  • ADA Access
  • Picnic Table
  • Pets
  • Fires

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Janet R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2024

Morgan Hill OT/NCST trailhead campground

This is a small state forest campground in the Morgan Hill forest from which you can directly access the Onondaga Trail branch of the National North Country scenic trail. Although the campsites here are primitive and free, they are official developed campsites and not really “dispersed” campsites. There are several basic tent spots, which are just cleared grassy areas adjacent to the trailhead parking circle; BUT in addition, there are two lovely developed campsites with parking spot right next to a cement pad with picnic tables and fire pits. These are very nice roomy wooded campsites, and the  developed sites are supposedly ADA accessible —but while I agree that the picnic tables and cement pad around the fireplace can certainly accomodate wheelchairs, and the tenting area is roomy, note that there are NO OTHER ADA amenities at these sites, eg no water source and NO toilet or outhouse right at the campground. While you can drive right up to your campsite location, which is accessible, you would actually have to hike quite a long ways west on the OnondagaTrail to access a pit toilet, or to have stream access for obtaining water to boil, so you DO need to come prepared to use the bushes by your campsite and leave no trace, plus bring your own water. (See attached map where I circled the campground area in orange) That being said, this location is peaceful and quiet with mature trees and plenty of distance between neighboring campers, and would be an ideal setting for a group campout. Hiking the trail west on a day trip will bring you to the beautiful Tinker Falls, which may not be flowing during dry seasons but is still a gorge worth exploring! You can best access this campground from the south side of the forest; the entrance is from state route 13 on Morgan Hill Rd south,  adjacent to a very nice farm stand that is a good stop  for supplies, and there is a DEC forest sign to mark the turn off from Rt 13.  After that, you are on your own and should bring a map to navigate as the hiking trails are marked with signs where they cross the roads, but the road to turn off from Morgan Hill Rd to the campground is not marked. You can set your driving directions on Google Maps beforehad, to this endpoint: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.767846,-75.997552/@42.7799792,-76.08097,12z?entry=ttu

You might also want to download the free Avenza map of the forest which will allow you to navigate real time even if you don't have cell service, that link is here: https://store.avenza.com/products/morgan-hill-state-forest-nysdec-map?queryID=eb824498ff4125babc1c06655b111da4&objectID=42626406056092

 general info for this state forest is here: 

https://dec.ny.gov/places/morgan-hill-state-forest

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Morgan Hill Forest—Onondaga Trailhead campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Morgan Hill Forest—Onondaga Trailhead campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Morgan Hill Forest—Onondaga Trailhead campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Morgan Hill Forest—Onondaga Trailhead campground does not have wifi.