Local trails, and can you identify what these are?

I belong to the REI coop and they send me emails. A few days ago they sent me one that included a national listing of hiking trails, complete with an app. I wondered if there were any around here and, as it turns out, there are, in a state forest just over a dozen miles from here. 

Yesterday was a beautiful, pleasantly warm Fall day here in the Southern Tier of New York State, so I looked up the local trails, put Mabel in the car, and drove over, through some pretty rural scenery surprisingly close to the house. I found the forest, clipped a leash to Mabel's collar, and started down one of the trails. These are pretty easy, not very hilly, but I had to watch where I stepped as a lot of the trail was roots under dead leaves. 

I might have considered having her off leash because she's friendly and doesn't jump on people, but her recall isn't dead reliable - she would chase deer, as I found out in my own front yard recently, I think the laws might be an issue, and I found out years ago why loose friendly dogs can be a problem. At the time, we lived in Columbia, MD, and we were hiking around one of the local lakes with Whiskey, our first Akita. She was fine around people, if sometimes standoffish, but she was a bit dog-aggressive as Akitas are prone to be. I had her leashed and some big friendly dog, a lab or a golden, bounded toward us, with her owner shouting "Don't worry, she's friendly." I replied "Mine's not," and suddenly this guy realized his lack of control over his dog could turn into a problem in a hurry. He got to his dog before anything happened.

The woods here are pretty open. Where the trails are is usually obvious. 

There's a pond on the first trail.

 

The trails are marked. Not everywhere, usually it's obvious.

Sometimes it's not obvious. This looks like the path, but it's not.This, a little to the right, is the path. 

This is how the trail is marked when it is:

On the drive home, I saw a sight which really struck me. The hills were covered in deciduous trees with turning leaves but in one spot I saw a dense grove of evergreens, so dense that the entrance to the woods there looked eerily dark and threatening. 

That was yesterday. Today I drove my wife to work at Binghamton U. because my car's in the shop and that way I could use hers. She had me drive her up the hill above most of campus where the buildings are more sparse. It's pretty up there:

She had me drive up there to show me something. The cutaways line both sides of the road

which look like this up close

I'll come back later to either explain what they are for or to confirm it if you happen to know. 

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Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 10:37am

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SQUARE CXAME BACK...
E-MAIL TO CARTOONIST
PEANUTS. SNOOPY TELL
THE HOEST TRUTH AND?
`KNOCK KNOCK. WHO'S
KNOCKING" LEAF.LEAF
WHO? YOU LEAVE
ME
( LIEF )ALONE I'LL
TELL YOU A SECRET.
WHY NO TELL PIG A
SECRET? PIG IS A
\SQUEALER\ TELLER.
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Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 10:40am

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A SECRET?

KNOCK

knock. 

Who's there?

Lena. Lena who?

Lena a bit

closer and

I'll tell you.

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Comment by koshersalaami on October 24, 2017 at 12:21pm

Josephina please no Lena on the bell 

Schultz has been dead a while (Peanuts)

Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 3:10pm

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YUP... TRUST? OUR SALON?
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KOSHERSAALAMI ON OS'S
HALLOWEEN PARTY DR$ESSES
AS ` LADY GAGA. HUH?
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Comment by koshersalaami on October 24, 2017 at 4:58pm

Meat dresses? Seriously?

Comment by Ron Powell on October 24, 2017 at 5:56pm

"Ron,

You couldn't know the specific creature. I didn't know what a yellow spotted salamander was."

So my answer was correct.

Comment by marilyn sands on October 27, 2017 at 10:05am

Beautiful pics, Kosh.  Living in L.A. - it's been a while since seeing the East's fall colors in the brilliance of renewal. R&R

Comment by Arthur James on November 5, 2017 at 12:11pm

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SQUARE CHILD
INSIST THE NEW
DIET ON THE TRAIL
OF BIRD DROPPINGS
AND BREAD CRUMBS?
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AND MORREL MUSHROOM
IS NOT FATTENING AND
HEALTHY AND HOLY AND
MAKES EATER HEALTHY.
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Comment by Arthur James on November 6, 2017 at 6:04am

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WHAT DO YOU CALL A TROLLOP
WHO WALKS BACK STEET CITY
PAVEMENTS?
A ALI CAT.
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SHOE SPLES BUT
HAS NO FEET?
BLACK STREET
PAVEMENT.
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A DOG FROM OPPS
POOPING ON RURAL
TRAIL PATH? HUH?
PUT DOG IN THE
CITY BARKING
PAVEMENT LOT.
`!`~
WE HAVE NICE
RAINY GLOOMY
FUN DAY @ OS.
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