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The Black River Trail follows part of an abandoned segment corridor of the NY Central Railroad. The trail runs for 4.5 miles between the village of Black River and Watertown, following along the south bank of the scenic river, where you'll see two power dams.
To extend this trail about 0.75 mile, head right out of the parking lot along Route 3, then turn left onto Remington Street, then left at the stop sign, and at the bottom of the hill (before crossing the bridge) turn right to Poors Island. Around this island are many dams and old mill structures—paper mills from the turn of the century. Orion Power has converted one of these structures into a covered picnic site on the northeast side of the island. There is a dirt trail on the island's south side and a gravel road on the north side.
Note, there is another Black River Trail that runs north–sourth along the western edge of the Adirondack Mountains.
From Watertown, take State Route 3/Eastern Blvd. to Huntington Street and turn right. After the bend the road name changes to Ridge Road. Just where the road begins to hug the river, turn right into a small parking lot. The trail begins on the other side of the road.
From Black River, take Main Street south to SR 3/S. Rutland Street; turn right. Just before you reach the bridge, turn left into the parking lot. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot.
My total mileage measured 4.5 from the parking lot off Route 3 in Black River to the new addition on parking lot on Walker Ave., located in the city of Watertown. This trail now has three parking lots. It also crosses three roads with road crossing right-a-way lights. It is well maintained. On the new addition in the city of Watertown area, there is a Good will .. food share box and when in season, a vegetable garden that is shared with those using this trail. Future plans are to extend this trail to downtown Watertown where it will once again follow the black river!
Nice flat asphalt trail, beautiful surroundings, mike markers, 3.5 miles from end to end. As a petite woman, I felt a little isolated at first but I felt very safe on the trail once others were on the trail also. It's was easy to do a 9 mile run. Can't wait to go back.
I grew up in Black River and have frequent home visits yet never explored the trail until this Thanksgiving day. What a treasure! I ran the trail end to end glorifying in the beauty of the river and the trail. It was mostly snow covered. I loved the little bridges over the running water, the abandoned farm equipment, the rock formation, the wooden rail fence at Huntington St. I took many photos and will plan to frequent it more often.
Ran this trail in July while on vacation.Beautiful scenery,asphalt pavement was very smooth considering how severe winters are in Watertown,and trail was quite uncrowded.It was summer and my run was accompanied by large biting bugs that left welts.Bring bug spray!Overall,a great running trail.
This is a heavily used trail, with lots of dog-walkers, cyclists, joggers, and some skaters. It is beautiful and well maintained, with good fishing spots at both ends. The Black River end has lots of places to walk down to the river and fish or picnic on the rocks, and also to portage kayaks or canoes for a 3.5 mile paddle down to the dam and the next portage spot off of rte. 3. Mornings and evenings I've seen deer, porcupines, foxes, beaver, and once a snapping turtle laying eggs next to the trail. Lots of chipmunks and birds--at least one pileated woodpecker has a nest near the trail. This is a great trail for a walk after dinner or an early bike ride before work!
This is good to know about. I'm up in Watertown twice a year and didn't know this existed. I'll check it out in May while I'm there and give a review. Sound like a great trail.
The trail is now completed, being paved between both parking lots. It's nice to see so many people who would not have left their home if it were not for this great trail. Those with dogs have done and excellent job being sure their pet doesn't deposit their waste on the trail. Good for all seasons!!
You can tell from the number of people on this trail that it is well loved. Paved most of the way, with the State planning to finish the paving this year, it's a great trail for any off-road use that requires a hard surface.
My ride notes: http://blog.russnelson.com/bicycling/1162393115.html
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