The Catharine Valley Trail travels for just over 10 miles between Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen and Burch Hill Road south of Millport. The trail follows segments of the abandoned Northern Central Railroad and Chemung Canal towpath, which one ran through the Finger Lakes. Today, the route mostly parallels State Rt. 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 Rt. 14 (S. Franklin St.). Fairgrounds Road turns into Marina Road. The trailhead is about 0.3 mile in from Rt. 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 Route 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 Route 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 Route 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.
A Fall Ride
Completed most of the Catherine Valley Trail today - Sunday, 14 October 2012. Traveled from Millport to Montour Falls. Slight downhill grade made the riding quite easy. Very scenic with fall colors; leaves covered much of the trail making the riding even ...
Scenic, cool with two stunning waterfalls.
We road this trail from Millport to Montour Falls on a 90 degree Memorial Day and I took a quick jaunt into Watkins Glen. The trail is mostly gravel, with some paved and some dirt sections. Best for a hybrid or mountain bike, but OK for a road bike but ...
One of the Best
This trail is my favorite (although I live some two-hours away) in part because I grew up in this area, and it offers the most solitude as it appears to be little used by the local folks. The railroad that ran through here was used primarily to move coal ...