Catharine Valley Trail

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The Catharine Valley Trail travels for 12 miles between Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen and Smith Road north of Pine Valley. The trail follows segments of the abandoned Northern Central Railroad and Chemung Canal towpath, which once ran through the Finger Lakes. Today, the route mostly parallels State Route 14. You'll find on-road sections in Watkins Glen and in the Millport area. Eventually the trail will head farther south to Horseheads.

Parking and Trail Access

Trailheads from North to South are:

Marina Road in Watkins Glen: Turn east onto Fairgrounds Road from SR 14 (S. Franklin St.). Fairgrounds Road turns into Marina Road. The trailhead is about 0.3 mile in from SR 14. Watkins Glen High School is along the Catharine Valley Trail to the North.

Cook Street in Montour Falls: Follow Genesee Street south and turn east on W. South Street, then turn south onto Montour Street to the intersection of Cook Street. Turn east on Cook Street; the trailhead is on the south side of the street.

South Genesee Street in Montour Falls: There are two kiosks, one on each side of South Genesee Street in Montour Falls. The trailhead is about 0.25 mile from SR 14 south of Montour Falls, near the power transformer station.

Millport: There are three trailheads in Millport. The first one is on Maple Street; turn west on Crescent Street off SR 14 in the center of Millport then right onto Maple Street. There is a kiosk and limited parking at the end of Maple. To reach the second trailhead, from Crescent Street turn left on Maple Street to the end then left onto Morris Hill Road. There is limited parking. The third trailhead is at the post office on Burch Hill Road in Millport, 0.3 mile from the CVT overpass over SR 14. There is limited parking in the post office parking lot; use the spaces that are west of the flag pole just beyond the building.


   September, 2015 by cleaner24

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Go Chasing Waterfalls

   July, 2015 by slipsoup

This is a nice trail, with changing scenery and up-close views of waterfalls. The trail itself is hard-packed gravel. The section from the Millport Post Office (Burch Hill Rd.) to Smith Rd. is a bit looser. It is easily rideable with a hybrid. If you're more

A pleasant ride with views of Montour Falls and the Chemung Canal

   June, 2015 by RussNelson

Rode the Catharine Valley Rail Trail. It goes from the village of Watkins Glen, fairly close to the current end of the tracks, down to Horseheads. It parallels the Chemung Canal, part of which is still in water. There are a few bits of railroadiana on more