BLACK RIVER FEEDER CANAL TRAIL:
BOONVILLE, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 4, 2013
Length: Black River Feeder Canal Trail; 9.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat stone-dust towpath.
To Start from Erwin Park;
From Rome follow Route 46 north to Boonville. Turn right on Schuyler St to Route 12. Turn right (south) and Erwin Park will be on your left next to Route 12.
From Utica follow Route 12 north to Boonville. Erwin Park will be on your right next to Route 12.
The 77-mile long Black River
Canal was an engineering marvel of the 19th century. Built
between 1837 and 1855, the
Starting from Erwin Park; From the parking lot travel through the 1796 covered bridge and turn right. This will bring you to the trailhead. No signs. The partially shaded, wide, stone-dust trail travels alongside the feeder canal. Cross Sargent Rd at 3/4 miles and a steel bridge over a spillway a mile. Cross Moose River Rd at 1.4 miles where the trail becomes more isolated. Cross Hayes Rd at 2.2 miles. I passed by some yellow mile markers that originate from Forestport every 1/2 mile. Cross Hawkinsville Rd at 3.3 miles. This was as far as I rode. The trail continues south crossing Hayes Rd at 4.1 miles, Williams Rd at 4.7 miles, Millers Woods Rd at 5.1 miles and Edmonds Rd at around 6.2 miles. From here the trail appears to utilize the old dirt Canal Rd another 3.3 miles to Dutch Hill Rd in Forestport where it ends after 9.5 miles at Alder Pond. If you head left along Dutch Hill Rd, then right along Pond Ave (dirt road) you'll come to River Rd. Straight ahead is the 200 foot Forestport Reservoir Dam. Turn right and you'll come to the start of the canal where it emerges from the Forestport Reservoir (Black River) after 9.8 miles.
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