Lackawanna Rail Trail

New York

Lackawanna Rail Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Chemung
Length: 8.7 miles
Trail end points: Lake St., just north of Sullivan St. (Elmira) and Lowman Crossover (Lowman)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6543999
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lackawanna Rail Trail Description

The Lackawanna Rail Trail runs across Elmiralinking Eldridge Park with the city’s waterfrontand heads south to the hamlet of Lowman. The paved pathway spans nearly 9 miles and uses a former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad corridor for most of its route.

In the north, Eldridge Park offers a lake with an encircling walking trail, along with typical park fare such as a playground, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and picnic pavilions. Because the area was once home to an amusement park of the same name, a restored carousel, dance hall pavilion, game arcade and ice cream shop are also featured.

A spur takes trail users east from Eldridge Park along Diven Creek to Lake Street. The main route extends south from the park, paralleling Clemens Center Parkway before turning to the east at E. Washington Street. Refurbished railroad bridges take trail users over cross streets.

Continuing on, the trail follows Newtown Creek, offering a more peaceful setting, and later the Chemung River. The trail ends at Lowman Crossover, just off I-86.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Lackawanna Rail Trail is available at the trailhead on E. Water Street/State Route 352 (just west of I-86). In the north, park at Eldridge Park. Enter the park via Woodlawn Avenue.

Lackawanna Rail Trail Reviews

This trail was better than I expected. It's very well marked if you park in the parking lot by 86. I can see how it would be confusing trying to find it from Eldridge. The trail goes in front of Wegmans. There isn't much shade so make sure you bring plenty of water for you AND your dog! There's even a nice spot by the water where you can let your pup cool off. I did the trail plus the smaller loop around Eldridge and back. That was 5.86 miles. Definitely worth checking out!

A much needed trail for Elmira!! I use to ride my bike on Clemons Center Parkway to get to Eldridge Park. Clemons Center Parkway is not bicycle friendly - most drivers are focused only on where they need to get to and don't pay attention to the bikers; then there are the evil spirited drivers who deliberately try to run bicycles off the road. The Lackawanna Rail Trail is safe, it's paved and for the most part it is well kept by the City of Elmira. My husband now also enjoys riding his bike on the trail. We love it!

It's a good short ride on asphalt. Around 3 miles one way. Park across from Kennedy valve at the truck lot. There are several parking places for cars. Or park at the wegmans off hey 14. The trail runs inundating of wegmans

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Went to Eldridge park and E Water Street. If this trail exists its practically invisible. From what I hear its a glorified sidewalk more than a rail trail anyway. 0/10 would not recommend.

Whent to Eldridge Park, No signs for trail, could not find trail.Road around streets looking Gave up & left. Sad

Great Trail for biking, rollerblading, & walking. Thoroughly enjoy it.

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