Mark Twain State Park

Best Time to Visit: Late Winter - Early Summer

Located at the southern end of the Catharine Valley Trail, this state park lies between the Village of Horseheads and the hamlet of Pine Valley.

The scenic state park provides 3 miles of rolling nature trails through a variety of habitats including woodland, wetland, shrub/scrub and grasslands. In addition, the Chemung Valley Audubon Society has participated in developing a primitive birding trail through deciduous forest, shrub land, and hemlock forest surrounded by a cattail marsh along Catharine Creek.

A map of the Mark Twain State Park Birding trail can be downloaded here.

Mark Twain State Park September Species: 68


The trail is accessible from parking areas at the Elmira College Murray Athletic Center located on Route 14 at 170 Huck Finn Road in Horseheads.
To access trails, proceed beyond the domes and park at the far end of the parking lots on the left (north) side of the road. The shrub/scrub grassland trail head is located at the edge of the parking lot. The woodland and wetland habitat trail head is accessed behind the domes along the tree line.

Coordinates: 42.2167, -76.8359