Watershed Area Map

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The Bradford Water Authority Lands along the western edge of the Tunungwant Water Shed are just the sort of place outdoor enthusiasts look for. Most of the Authority's 12,000 acres are wooded and contain diverse wildlife. TVTA has established here a system of interconnected hiking trails offering a wide variety of experiences.

GETTING THERE - Centrally located in the trail system is the Marilla Reservoir with paved road access, ample parking, and idyllic scenes. This is the trailhead most used to access all the Watershed Area trails. To reach the Marilla Reservoir and the Marilla Trails from Bradford go west on State Route 346 (West Washington Street). The reservoir is 5.7 miles from the center of town. The dam and reservoir are near the road on the left. A wide road shoulder allows parking well off the road. Additionally, a small parking lot is located 0.2 miles beyond the dam on the left. Extra caution should be used when considering parking in the Upper Parking Lot in winter as the drive down into it is steep.

Two other trailheads with limited parking are available, along Interstate Parkway at the north end of the Indian Pipe Trail and off Forest Road 173 near the south end of Marilla Springs Trail.

Loop hikes are popular with hikers. A hike can end where it started, no backtracking, no shuttling cars. A Loop hike made by combining two or more trails is even better. It is a great way to sharpen your map reading and orienting skills. Planning is part of the fun. And navigating adds interest to the walk.

To make your own route you will need a map. The TVTA web site has topographic maps designed to print well on a home printer. Select a "TOPO MAP" button above. Your browser will show a topographic map in PDF format - print it. Now you can mark your printed copy with the way you plan to go.

By following the existing Marilla Trails you will have trail markers to follow. It will be up to you to find the trail junctions and to keep yourself oriented. With your marked map and a compass you have what is necessary for navigation. You may want to have a GPS for backup and to record your actual track. Know how to read the map and how to use your navigation tools. Then get out there and hike your own hike.