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.


Awesome ride!

   September, 2016 by speedypickup

This was the first rail trail that I've covered, the first of many that I plan on doing. As many others did, I parked at the Millport post office and rode from south to north on this wonderful 12-mile long trail system, spending some time enjoying the more

Nice trail

   September, 2016 by firedawg402 more

An Adventure Trail

   August, 2016 by robphoton

Parked my car at the Millport post office today and rode this beautiful trail down to Montour Falls, and then continued on to Watkins Glen at a small park near Seneca Lake. Officially this trail goes from the Mark Twain State park to the Watkins Glen more