Black River Trail

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The Black River Trail follows part of an abandoned segment corridor of the NY Central Railroad. The trail runs for 3.5 miles between the village of Black River and Watertown, following along the south bank of the scenic river, where you'll see two power dams.

To extend this trail about 0.75 mile, head right out of the parking lot along Route 3, then turn left onto Remington Street, then left at the stop sign, and at the bottom of the hill (before crossing the bridge) turn right to Poors Island. Around this island are many dams and old mill structures—paper mills from the turn of the century. Orion Power has converted one of these structures into a covered picnic site on the northeast side of the island. There is a dirt trail on the island's south side and a gravel road on the north side.

Note, there is another Black River Trail that runs north–sourth along the western edge of the Adirondack Mountains.

Parking and Trail Access

From Watertown, take State Route 3/Eastern Blvd. to Huntington Street and turn right. After the bend the road name changes to Ridge Road. Just where the road begins to hug the river, turn right into a small parking lot. The trail begins on the other side of the road.

From Black River, take Main Street south to SR 3/S. Rutland Street; turn right. Just before you reach the bridge, turn left into the parking lot. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot.



   November, 2016 by huniryan

I grew up in Black River and have frequent home visits yet never explored the trail until this Thanksgiving day. What a treasure! I ran the trail end to end glorifying in the beauty of the river and the trail. It was mostly snow covered. I loved the little more

Great Experience

   July, 2016 by streak1

Ran this trail in July while on vacation.Beautiful scenery,asphalt pavement was very smooth considering how severe winters are in Watertown,and trail was quite uncrowded.It was summer and my run was accompanied by large biting bugs that left welts.Bring more

a popular and beautiful trail

   September, 2015 by profmom

This is a heavily used trail, with lots of dog-walkers, cyclists, joggers, and some skaters. It is beautiful and well maintained, with good fishing spots at both ends. The Black River end has lots of places to walk down to the river and fish or picnic more