SUNY Broome Natural Area


LT. VanWinkle Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905


Through hard work by students and faculty the SUNY Broome Natural Area trail system keeps improving. The school looks at it as a living laboratory for students, but it is also open to the public. Some of the hilly trails can be tough, but there are great valley views when you get to a clearing near the top. SUNY Broome’s Natural Areas span 125 acres, and feature 3.8 miles of well-marked trails that cross a variety of terrain. Open to both the campus community and the public, the land is a living laboratory for students – and also subject to continual improvements.


To reach the main trailhead for the SUNY-Broome Natural Area, take I-81 Exit 5 and follow the signs to the campus. Turn into the entrance on Lt Vanwinkle Dr and park in the lot on the right, across from the BAGSAI baseball fields. The public can access the trails at two community entrances: one near the top of Sunrise Drive in Dickinson, and the other behind BAGSAI. Look for the trail map posted at the information kiosks at these sites. There are also information kiosks by the Measured Mile entrance near the baseball field, and a path called Duane Whittaker’s Way on the hillside behind the Ice Center and Lot 14.

CHALLENGE – 1.8 miles, round-trip – with 500 elevation change

The stretch of trail called out for in this challenge is short but strenuous. It requires you to hike the blue-blazed perimeter trail.  In places, you will find it very steep.