The Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Rail-Trail (FJ&G) has one main section and one shorter section. The main segment runs for nearly 8 miles between Union Avenue in Johnstown and the intersection of Green Road and County Road 154 (Dennie's Crossing). The shorter, disconnected segment runs for just more than 1.5 miles between Vail Mills and Broadalbin.
The trail follows a portion of Cayadutta Creek on a nicely paved corridor that once was the right-of-way for the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad. The FJ&G served communities from Schenectady northwest and north to the lower Adirondacks. The railroad had its start in 1867.
Though much of the main trail passes through Johnstown and Gloversville, it still has a countryside feel to it and offers scenic views along a mostly flat corridor. The Vail MillsBroadalbin segment runs from the visitors center east to S. 2nd Street; a short segment also heads west from the visitors center.
Parking and Trail Access
To access the main segment, parking is available at the northern end (Dennies Crossing). From SR 30A north head east on SR 349 (E. State Street). Turn left onto CR 154 then pull off the road on the right near the gazebo.
To start at the southern end, take SR 30A to SR 67 (E. State Street) and head west. Merge with SR 29 (E. Main Street) then turn right on School Street. You can park along here then head to Main Street where the trail crosses the road.
To start from Trail Station Park, between Gloversville and Johnstown, head for 55 Harrison Street. Parking is on the west side of the road by the playing fields.
To access the Vail MillsBroadalbin segment, park at the Fulton County Visitors Center, at the junction of State Routes 29 and 30.
I have biked this trail every year for many years. My wife drives shuttle so I only go one way downhill. I don't find the many road crossings a problem. In Gloversville some of the curbs are high. Two items of interest are how Cayadutta Creek starts so ...
comment from a G'ville dweller
I love going on this Trail. Weather walking, biking, roller blading, dog walking, or XC ski during the winter....this is a very nice trail.
One of the truely nice places for people living in J'town & G'ville. I have guest from time to time from all ...
We biked this 8 mile trail on a Sunday. It was fairly easy with only a couple of intersections that we had to stop at to allow for traffic to clear. We parked at the north west end of Gloversville. Crossing Rt 30A will slow you down as will the other ...