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Labrador Hollow Unique Area

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General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Labrador Hollow Unique Area features paddling on Labrador Pond. There is a hand boat launch on the west side of the pond.

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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snow shoeing

General information on cross-county skiing and snowshoeing includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

The hiking trails can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.



General information on fishing includes how to-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules and regulations.

map showing accessible features on Labrador Hollow Unique Area

Labrador Hollow Pond is relatively shallow, averaging about 4 feet in depth. The pond has an accessible fishing pier that provides good access to pan fish and largemouth bass fishing. Other common species found in the pond include: small yellow perch, pumpkinseed, bluegills and brown bullheads.

To reach the fishing pier, turn left from the boardwalk parking area onto Labrador Cross Road. Turn left on Markham Hollow Road. Proceed about ½ mile south down the road along the western shore.



General information on hiking includes how to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations.

Through partnerships with the Onondaga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (leaves DEC website), there are 4.8 miles of well-marked hiking trails that are quite popular. Some of the trails run through the Unique Area and continue east and west through the adjacent Morgan Hill and Kettlebail State Forests, linking these three tracts of state land.

Hunting & Trapping


General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations.

Labrador Hollow Unique Area is open for hunting and trapping. Specific hunting and trapping regulations in Labrador Hollow are outlined in the rules, regulations and outdoor safety section of this page.


General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Wildlife is diverse; turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and various waterfowl species inhabit Labrador Hollow. An Osprey nesting platform was installed on the west side of the pond in March of 2010.

Reports have identified more than 107 different bird species within Labrador Hollow. At least twelve different species of warblers have been identified, including the kentucky warbler which has been identified as a rare and protected species by the New York Natural Heritage Program. Canada geese are the primary water fowl in the area, however, keep an eye out for the more rare species such as the great blue heron and the pied-billed grebe, as their range is known to extend through Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

Accessible Features

Labrador Hollow accessible boardwalk

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

Accessible Trail and Boardwalk

The Labrador Hollow accessible boardwalk is nearly 2,000 feet in length and is a well-known attraction. Accessible to those with mobility impairments, the newly rebuilt boardwalk traverses a diverse wetland complex and provides a glimpse of flora and fauna that inhabit New York's wetlands.

The boardwalk has benches along the way and there is an accessible rustic toilet building at the boardwalk parking area. Labrador Hollow also features an accessible trail of about ¼ mile which leads to Tinker Falls.

Accessible Fishing Pier

Labrador Pond features an accessible fishing pier located on the west side of the pond near the hand boat launch.


From NY 80 to NY 91, Labrador Hollow Unique Area may be accessed from Markham Hollow Crossroad as well as Labrador Road.

The main parking area is just north of the pond off Markham Hollow Crossroad. (42.792524°N, 76.051974°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Parking for Tinkers Falls is available form RT 91, across from the trail entrance. (42.779546°N, 76.035718°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

The hand boat launch and accessible pier is off Labrador Road. (42.785608°N, 76.054347°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Labrador Hollow Unique Area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Site-Specific Rules

  • All State Forests and Unique Areas are Carry in Carry Out facilities.
  • Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
  • Mountain bikers must stay on the DEC designated trails.
  • The DEC requests that mountain bikers not ride during wet conditions.
  • Swimming and bathing are prohibited.
  • Camping, along with the building of fires, is prohibited on Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
  • Fishing is permitted from a boat on the pond or creek, or from the boardwalk.
  • Boating is restricted to non-motorized boats, which must be carried to the pond at designated access sites only.
  • Non-motorized hang-gliding is allowed by permit only.
  • Keep pets under control and on a leash while other forest users are around.
  • Hunting and trapping are permitted as follows:
    • Zone 1- Hunting is PROHIBITED. This area includes all of the pond, the Wetland Walk, Tinkers Falls, and trails. See map (PDF)
    • Zone 2- Hunting and Trapping is PERMITTED. See map (PDF)
  • Unauthorized use of motor vehicles is prohibited. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATV's.

How We Manage Labrador Hollow Unique Area

Labrador Hollow Unique Area is part of the Hill and Hollow Unit Management Plan. A Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides the DEC's land management activities on several geographically related forests for a ten-year period, although a number of goals and objectives in the plan focus on a much longer time period. Each UMP addresses specific objectives and actions for public use and forest management. Management of this area will be guided by the Hill and Hollow Unit Management Plan.

Labrador Hollow Unique Area was acquired with funds provided by the Environmental Quality Bond Act of 1972 as a means to protect areas of great natural beauty, wilderness, and/or historical, geological or ecological significance. This includes rare plant life and scarce animal habitats. Labrador Hollow's topography is responsible for its unique character. The area is located in the middle of a valley running north to south that was dug out by glacial movement that occurred during the Pleistocene Epoch. Massive ice sheets from the last glaciation episode (Wisconsinan glaciation episode) retreated from the area approximately ten thousand years ago. They left behind numerous sedimentary deposits and superficial features, some of which filled with water and are now called the Finger Lakes, while others became known as valleys. The floor of Labrador Hollow's valley is only about one-half mile wide, but its walls rise abruptly for several hundred feet. Today, this unique and attractive area provides diverse ecological, economic, and recreational services for many New York residents and visitors alike.

If you have questions and/or comments about the UMP, please email

Nearby Amenities and Attractions

DEC Lands and Facilities

Gas, food and dining can be found in the nearby community of Tully.

Cortland County (leaves DEC website) and Onondaga County Tourism Offices (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you are little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.