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Length
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Big Flats Trail

1.7 mi
State: NY
Gravel

Black Diamond Trail

8.4 mi
State: NY
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass

Catharine Valley Trail

12 mi
State: NY
Crushed Stone

East Ithaca Recreation Way

2.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
Accordion

George B. Will Trail

5.6 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Grass

Jim Schug Trail

4.2 mi
State: NY
Grass, Gravel

Keuka Outlet Trail

7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Lackawanna Rail Trail

3.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Lambs Creek Hike & Bike Trail

3.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

North Link Trail

9.3 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Painted Post Trail

1.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Pine Creek Rail Trail

62 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Railroad Grade Trail (Ives Run )

2.6 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Cinder

Ridgeway Trail

4.3 mi
State: NY
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Sentiero DiShay Trail

13.4 mi
State: PA
Dirt

South Hill Recreation Way

3.3 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Gravel

Susquehannock Trail System

30 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Vestal Rail Trail

3.8 mi
State: NY
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
A pleasant walk between wetland habitat and farmland, this short community trail sits atop a sewer line that Corning Glassworks installed to serve its Big Flats plant. Corning provided the crushed stone ...
NY 1.7 mi Gravel
Black Diamond Trail will one day stretch 15 miles to link four state parks in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Currently, 8 miles of the trail are open, which follow the Lehigh Valley Railroad route ...
NY 8.4 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass
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 ...
NY 12 mi Crushed Stone
Located at 2,100 feet and next to the Loyalsock State Forest in northeast Pennsylvania, this trail in the small town of Eagles Mere has a rich history. In 1892 the Eagles Mere eight-mile narrow gauge railroad ...
PA 2.1 mi Dirt
The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail skirts the campus ...
NY 2.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
The George B. Will Trail in Tiadaghton State Forest is named for an early 20th-century Pennsylvania forest ranger. The trail is popular with cross-country skiers and travels through a mixed-pine forest. ...
PA 5.6 mi Ballast, Grass
The Jim Schug Trail offers a short, sweet excursion in New York's Finger Lakes region. The trail was known as the Dryden Lake Trail until it was renamed in 2002 in memory of the late town supervisor who ...
NY 4.2 mi Grass, Gravel
Accordion
In the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Region is a rail-trail that is part natural wonder and part industrial archaeology, and the 7-mile trail Keuka Outlet Trail has a unique heritage. Technically a ...
NY 7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The Lackawanna Rail Trail spans Elmira, New York, linking famous Eldridge Park with the city’s waterfront. The paved trail uses a former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad corridor for most of its ...
NY 3.2 mi Asphalt
In 1979 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saw value in this corridor near the Tioga River, which was part of the Erie Lackawanna Rail Line. It once passed through the village of Lambs Creek, which is no ...
PA 3.5 mi Asphalt
The North Link Trail is a 9 mile section of rail-trail which is just one part of an 85-mile loop that winds through the forested hills and valleys of this state forest. Known as the Susquehannock Trail ...
PA 9.3 mi Dirt
If you are near Corning, New York, and need a nice walk, check out this charming respite. The Painted Post Trail connects schools, playgrounds, other trails and residential neighborhoods west of Corning. ...
NY 1.1 mi Asphalt
One of the premier rail-trails in the Northeast, the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Pine Creek Gorge offers travelers a spectacular 62-mile journey through the area commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of ...
PA 62 mi Crushed Stone
North of Mansfield lies the Railroad Grade Trail, know to locals as Ives Run. The 2.5-mile trail begins on the north end at the Ives Run Recreation area, near the boat launch parking lot. Travelers on ...
PA 2.6 mi Ballast, Cinder
The Ridgeway Trail skirts the banks of Willseyville Creek along the abandoned rail bed of the Delaware & Lackawanna Railroad and the former Lehigh Valley Railroad. From south Willseyville the trail heads ...
NY 4.3 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
Primarily a cross-country ski route, the 13.4-mile Sentiero DiShay Trail can also be enjoyed for hiking and mountain biking. The trail winds through a mixed forest of conifer and deciduous trees. The trail ...
PA 13.4 mi Dirt
The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former grade ...
NY 3.3 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Located in scenic Potter and Clinton Counties, the Susquehannock Hiking Trail is an 85-mile amalgamation of old Civilian Conservation Corps fire trails, logging roads and railroad grades through the Susquehannock ...
PA 30 mi Dirt
The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is paved ...
NY 3.8 mi Asphalt

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Catharine Valley Trail

NY - 12 miles

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 ...

East Ithaca Recreation Way

NY - 2.2 miles

The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail skirts the campus ...

Keuka Outlet Trail

NY - 7 miles

In the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Region is a rail-trail that is part natural wonder and part industrial archaeology, and the 7-mile trail Keuka Outlet Trail has a unique heritage. Technically a ...

Lackawanna Rail Trail

NY - 3.2 miles

The Lackawanna Rail Trail spans Elmira, New York, linking famous Eldridge Park with the city’s waterfront. The paved trail uses a former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad corridor for most of its ...

Accordion

Lackawanna Rail Trail

NY - 3.2 miles

The Lackawanna Rail Trail spans Elmira, New York, linking famous Eldridge Park with the city’s waterfront. The paved trail uses a former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad corridor for most of its ...

Lambs Creek Hike & Bike Trail

PA - 3.5 miles

In 1979 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saw value in this corridor near the Tioga River, which was part of the Erie Lackawanna Rail Line. It once passed through the village of Lambs Creek, which is no ...

North Link Trail

PA - 9.3 miles

The North Link Trail is a 9 mile section of rail-trail which is just one part of an 85-mile loop that winds through the forested hills and valleys of this state forest. Known as the Susquehannock Trail ...

Painted Post Trail

NY - 1.1 miles

If you are near Corning, New York, and need a nice walk, check out this charming respite. The Painted Post Trail connects schools, playgrounds, other trails and residential neighborhoods west of Corning. ...

Railroad Grade Trail (Ives Run )

PA - 2.6 miles

North of Mansfield lies the Railroad Grade Trail, know to locals as Ives Run. The 2.5-mile trail begins on the north end at the Ives Run Recreation area, near the boat launch parking lot. Travelers on ...

South Hill Recreation Way

NY - 3.3 miles

The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former grade ...

Vestal Rail Trail

NY - 3.8 miles

The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is paved ...

Big Flats Trail

NY - 1.7 miles

A pleasant walk between wetland habitat and farmland, this short community trail sits atop a sewer line that Corning Glassworks installed to serve its Big Flats plant. Corning provided the crushed stone ...

Black Diamond Trail

NY - 8.4 miles

Black Diamond Trail will one day stretch 15 miles to link four state parks in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Currently, 8 miles of the trail are open, which follow the Lehigh Valley Railroad route ...

Catharine Valley Trail

NY - 12 miles

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 ...

Conservancy Narrow Gauge Rail Trail

PA - 2.1 miles

Located at 2,100 feet and next to the Loyalsock State Forest in northeast Pennsylvania, this trail in the small town of Eagles Mere has a rich history. In 1892 the Eagles Mere eight-mile narrow gauge railroad ...

Accordion

Conservancy Narrow Gauge Rail Trail

PA - 2.1 miles

Located at 2,100 feet and next to the Loyalsock State Forest in northeast Pennsylvania, this trail in the small town of Eagles Mere has a rich history. In 1892 the Eagles Mere eight-mile narrow gauge railroad ...

East Ithaca Recreation Way

NY - 2.2 miles

The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail skirts the campus ...

George B. Will Trail

PA - 5.6 miles

The George B. Will Trail in Tiadaghton State Forest is named for an early 20th-century Pennsylvania forest ranger. The trail is popular with cross-country skiers and travels through a mixed-pine forest. ...

Jim Schug Trail

NY - 4.2 miles

The Jim Schug Trail offers a short, sweet excursion in New York's Finger Lakes region. The trail was known as the Dryden Lake Trail until it was renamed in 2002 in memory of the late town supervisor who ...

Keuka Outlet Trail

NY - 7 miles

In the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Region is a rail-trail that is part natural wonder and part industrial archaeology, and the 7-mile trail Keuka Outlet Trail has a unique heritage. Technically a ...

Lackawanna Rail Trail

NY - 3.2 miles

The Lackawanna Rail Trail spans Elmira, New York, linking famous Eldridge Park with the city’s waterfront. The paved trail uses a former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad corridor for most of its ...

Lambs Creek Hike & Bike Trail

PA - 3.5 miles

In 1979 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saw value in this corridor near the Tioga River, which was part of the Erie Lackawanna Rail Line. It once passed through the village of Lambs Creek, which is no ...

North Link Trail

PA - 9.3 miles

The North Link Trail is a 9 mile section of rail-trail which is just one part of an 85-mile loop that winds through the forested hills and valleys of this state forest. Known as the Susquehannock Trail ...

Painted Post Trail

NY - 1.1 miles

If you are near Corning, New York, and need a nice walk, check out this charming respite. The Painted Post Trail connects schools, playgrounds, other trails and residential neighborhoods west of Corning. ...

Pine Creek Rail Trail

PA - 62 miles

One of the premier rail-trails in the Northeast, the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Pine Creek Gorge offers travelers a spectacular 62-mile journey through the area commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of ...

Railroad Grade Trail (Ives Run )

PA - 2.6 miles

North of Mansfield lies the Railroad Grade Trail, know to locals as Ives Run. The 2.5-mile trail begins on the north end at the Ives Run Recreation area, near the boat launch parking lot. Travelers on ...

Ridgeway Trail

NY - 4.3 miles

The Ridgeway Trail skirts the banks of Willseyville Creek along the abandoned rail bed of the Delaware & Lackawanna Railroad and the former Lehigh Valley Railroad. From south Willseyville the trail heads ...

Sentiero DiShay Trail

PA - 13.4 miles

Primarily a cross-country ski route, the 13.4-mile Sentiero DiShay Trail can also be enjoyed for hiking and mountain biking. The trail winds through a mixed forest of conifer and deciduous trees. The trail ...

South Hill Recreation Way

NY - 3.3 miles

The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former grade ...

Susquehannock Trail System

PA - 30 miles

Located in scenic Potter and Clinton Counties, the Susquehannock Hiking Trail is an 85-mile amalgamation of old Civilian Conservation Corps fire trails, logging roads and railroad grades through the Susquehannock ...

Vestal Rail Trail

NY - 3.8 miles

The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is paved ...

Big Flats Trail

NY - 1.7 miles

A pleasant walk between wetland habitat and farmland, this short community trail sits atop a sewer line that Corning Glassworks installed to serve its Big Flats plant. Corning provided the crushed stone ...

Black Diamond Trail

NY - 8.4 miles

Black Diamond Trail will one day stretch 15 miles to link four state parks in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Currently, 8 miles of the trail are open, which follow the Lehigh Valley Railroad route ...

Catharine Valley Trail

NY - 12 miles

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 ...

Conservancy Narrow Gauge Rail Trail

PA - 2.1 miles

Located at 2,100 feet and next to the Loyalsock State Forest in northeast Pennsylvania, this trail in the small town of Eagles Mere has a rich history. In 1892 the Eagles Mere eight-mile narrow gauge railroad ...

Accordion

East Ithaca Recreation Way

NY - 2.2 miles

The East Ithaca Recreation Way on East Hill is primarily built upon the rail bed of the old Ithaca and Cortland Railroad, which later became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The trail skirts the campus ...

George B. Will Trail

PA - 5.6 miles

The George B. Will Trail in Tiadaghton State Forest is named for an early 20th-century Pennsylvania forest ranger. The trail is popular with cross-country skiers and travels through a mixed-pine forest. ...

Jim Schug Trail

NY - 4.2 miles

The Jim Schug Trail offers a short, sweet excursion in New York's Finger Lakes region. The trail was known as the Dryden Lake Trail until it was renamed in 2002 in memory of the late town supervisor who ...

Keuka Outlet Trail

NY - 7 miles

In the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Region is a rail-trail that is part natural wonder and part industrial archaeology, and the 7-mile trail Keuka Outlet Trail has a unique heritage. Technically a ...

Lackawanna Rail Trail

NY - 3.2 miles

The Lackawanna Rail Trail spans Elmira, New York, linking famous Eldridge Park with the city’s waterfront. The paved trail uses a former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad corridor for most of its ...

Lambs Creek Hike & Bike Trail

PA - 3.5 miles

In 1979 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saw value in this corridor near the Tioga River, which was part of the Erie Lackawanna Rail Line. It once passed through the village of Lambs Creek, which is no ...

North Link Trail

PA - 9.3 miles

The North Link Trail is a 9 mile section of rail-trail which is just one part of an 85-mile loop that winds through the forested hills and valleys of this state forest. Known as the Susquehannock Trail ...

Painted Post Trail

NY - 1.1 miles

If you are near Corning, New York, and need a nice walk, check out this charming respite. The Painted Post Trail connects schools, playgrounds, other trails and residential neighborhoods west of Corning. ...

Pine Creek Rail Trail

PA - 62 miles

One of the premier rail-trails in the Northeast, the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Pine Creek Gorge offers travelers a spectacular 62-mile journey through the area commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of ...

Railroad Grade Trail (Ives Run )

PA - 2.6 miles

North of Mansfield lies the Railroad Grade Trail, know to locals as Ives Run. The 2.5-mile trail begins on the north end at the Ives Run Recreation area, near the boat launch parking lot. Travelers on ...

Ridgeway Trail

NY - 4.3 miles

The Ridgeway Trail skirts the banks of Willseyville Creek along the abandoned rail bed of the Delaware & Lackawanna Railroad and the former Lehigh Valley Railroad. From south Willseyville the trail heads ...

Sentiero DiShay Trail

PA - 13.4 miles

Primarily a cross-country ski route, the 13.4-mile Sentiero DiShay Trail can also be enjoyed for hiking and mountain biking. The trail winds through a mixed forest of conifer and deciduous trees. The trail ...

South Hill Recreation Way

NY - 3.3 miles

The South Hill Recreation Way follows the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge from the outskirts of southeast Ithaca to Burns Road, near the Ithaca Reservoir. The gravel path follows the former grade ...

Susquehannock Trail System

PA - 30 miles

Located in scenic Potter and Clinton Counties, the Susquehannock Hiking Trail is an 85-mile amalgamation of old Civilian Conservation Corps fire trails, logging roads and railroad grades through the Susquehannock ...

Vestal Rail Trail

NY - 3.8 miles

The Vestal Rail Trail runs for nearly four miles through the town of Vestal along an abandoned right-of-way once used by the Delaware–Lackawana & Western Railroad. Today, the 12-foot-wide trail is paved ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Black Diamond Trail

The bdt is great

November, 2016 by carl cole

Road for the first time today. Fun and easy to ride .highly recommend this trail.

Black Diamond Trail

BDT Finished

October, 2016 by ddylla

The first 8 mile section of the BDT is done and it's wonderful.

Keuka Outlet Trail

A magical place

October, 2016 by lionsmoon11559

I have walked, rode my bike and ridden my horse on all parts of this trail. It is an amazing place with seasonal changes that make it different every time you go. My favorite time is May when the whole trail is decorated with wild lilacs of white, pink and purple. It is a lush fairyland. A word of caution regarding horseback riding. Approximately 1/2 mile from Dundee trailhead the overpass of Route 14A crosses over the trail. You can start to hear the traffic long before you get near it. My horse who is usually spook proof would not continue on the trail. She reluctantly allowed me to lead her with me on foot but the noise is awful. I would never again take my horse on that last 1/2 mile stretch. I will bike it to the end next time. In Dundee continue on Seneca Street to dead end at a small lake parking area. Very pretty view of the lake. I always take my visiting friends to walk the trail. It is always awesome. The history of the trail is quite interesting to read about.

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Pine Creek Rail Trail

Awesome

October, 2016 by cindy.gerner.5

We rode this trail on 3 different days. Friday 10-14 we started at the northern end off 287 north of Wellsboro and rode to mile marker 10. The following day we parked at the Ansonia lot and had Pine Creek Outfitters pick up our vehicle and drop it off at our destination in Waterville. It was a great service and our truck was waiting for us when we got there. The 3rd day we parked at the southern area and rode the portion from Jersey Shore to Waterville access area. The area is so pretty and the leaves were just starting to peak. I really enjoyed this trailand the condition is fantastic. There are plenty of rest stops along the way and even quite a few general stores. Cedar Run has a really beautiful store. The only trouble we encountered was just south of Blackwell street traffic is directed onto the trail due to a road construction project. All the vehicles that passed us were very considerate. Kudos to everyone's effort to keep this trail in really good condition

Pine Creek Rail Trail

A nice place to spend riding the rail trail

October, 2016 by mikehood71

A really enjoyable trail with lots to see. I rode on the Pine Creek Trail for three days and found there is lots of scenery and picturesque places along the trail.The only problem is I was able to only find one snack / drink stop along the 40 trail miles that I covered in Blackwell PA next to the trail. Be prepared there are not many places to buy food and I only carry what I can fit in my pockets. Make sure you go see the Grand Canyon of PA also it is really nice especially with the fall colors.

Pine Creek Rail Trail

Very Nice Trail

October, 2016 by brian.n

This is a very nicely maintained trail. Very busy also! I only covered ab0ut 2 miles but it was well maintained and nice scenery. looking forward to going back and exploring more!

Black Diamond Trail

BDT is ready to ride

October, 2016 by ddylla

The Black Diamond Trail has been resurfaced from Cass Park to Taughannock Park is ready to ride!

Keuka Outlet Trail

Great scenic ride

October, 2016 by gn519

Rode this trail 10/5/16 on a sunny day. Trail surface was good all the way from Penn Yan to Dresden and the falls and stream provided a pleasant view with several good places to stop and take photos. Not quite as flat as we expected but nothing too challenging. Ice cream store in Dresden was closed but the diner across the road had some. :-)

Jim Schug Trail

Unsurpassed nature trail

October, 2016 by bvanwoert13

In addition to a welcoming trail for walkers , runners, etc. the 4 mile long Jim Schug Trail is an outstanding nature trail. Dryden Lake is known regionally as a must visit bird watching destination during Spring and Fall bird migration and through out the year. Almost every species of locally present mammal has been seen from the trail and plant species abound in its many and varried habitats. Fully 8 species of native maple can be seen within a few feet of its edges.

Black Diamond Trail

Ready by Nov. 2016

October, 2016 by ddylla

The NYS Parks Dept is actively working on the BDT from the northern end. It is partially complete now and expected to be fully completed to Cass Park in Ithaca by late fall 2016. My advice is to wait until late October to ride it. When it's done, it will be a beauty

Catharine Valley Trail

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 views of Seneca Lake and downtown Watkins Glen. However, I would strongly recommend to first-time riders, or riders that are not used to doing a 25-mile loop ride all in one day - START AT WATKINS GLEN and work your way south to Millport. The reason I recommend this is because it would probably be a whole lot easier riding UP the 2% grade the whole way from Watkins Glen to Millport while you're still fresh. Once you make it to Millport and turn around to return to Watkin's Glen, it's mostly downhill the whole way and you can easily pedal along at whatever pace you're comfortable with. As stated, I made the mistake of starting from Millport, which was great for an easy ride the 12 miles to Watkins Glen, but after riding 12+ miles into and around Watkins Glen, I was pretty much spent for the 12 miles back UP HILL to Millport. It was do-able, however, and I loved the entire ride anyway, despite finishing with legs that were on fire and burning like I've never felt before... lol. No pain, no gain, right? Thanks for the beautiful ride through mostly wooded, shaded forests on this well-maintained packed gravel pathway!

Catharine Valley Trail

Nice trail

September, 2016 by firedawg402

Nice trail ride out and back from Watkins Glenn. Little disappointed at the end of the trail in Pine Valley. Trail just falls apart and not much to do there but turn around and head back to WG. Hopefully they will continue this down it the state park.

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