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.

Reviews

Great!

   July, 2014 by dylan.green.94064

This trail has everything I want from a trail. It has great sights, it's well taken care of, and it even has mile markers every quarter-mile throughout most of the trail! I loved hiking it because you could see streams and a mini-waterfall. This was the ...read more

Scenic Gorges Trail!

   November, 2013 by dougel

I chose a day of pending rain, but it didn't dampen my spirits, I enjoyed ride even with a light rain. I would however, like to see continuous mile markers, instead of starting over at each town, I like to keep time of my ride. Also some areas need better ...read more

Very nice trail ride

   September, 2013 by stvatandem

My wife & I rode the off-road tandem on 09/14/2013, starting at the Watkins Glen High School parking lot, which is adjacent to the trail on the north end. We rode south, past Millport, to Smith Rd where there is a sign indicating construction further ...read more