CHENANGO RIVER TRAIL:
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 3, 2010
Length: Chenango River Trail; 1.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat, paved trail.
To start from Conklin Ave; From I-81/86 & Route 17 take exit 4S to Route 363 south. Exit to Route 434 south over the Susquehanna River. Take your first exit to Conklin Ave and turn left. Parking spots are located on the right, just before the pedestrian bridge over the Susquehanna River (start of trail).
To start from Cheri Lindsey Park; From I-81/86 & Route 17 take exit 4N to Route 363 north and immediately take your first exit to Bevier St (Route 145). Head left to Chenango St and turn left. Just after you pass below the interstate turn right on Truesdell St to the park. The trail runs along the river.
The Chenango River Trail, also known as the Binghamton River Trail runs alongside the Chenango River from Cheri Lindsey Park, past downtown Binghamton to a pedestrian bridge over the Susquehanna River.
Starting from Conklin Ave; The trail starts at Conklin Ave and travels over the Susquehanna River via an iron pedestrian bridge, the former Washington Street Bridge (Berlin Bridge Company; 1885). A bike lane travels down the center of the bridge. Three separate paths lead from the bridge when you reach the opposite side.
Note; Right takes you across N Shore Dr to a map board for on-road biking routes in the area.
Head left down to Confluence Park where you'll find some history on the Chenango Canal (this was the southern end of the 97 mile canal). Follow the paved trail right through the park to a tunnel underneath N Shore Dr. This will bring you to the Chenango River Promenade alongside the Chenango River. The trail travels above & alongside the river. At 0.3 miles the trail splits. You may take either trail.
Note; Left brings you down alongside the river for a bit before heading back up at a 1/2 mile by some granite terraces. If you continue straight underneath Court St the trail simply dead ends at 0.6 miles.
Heading right takes you above the river with access to downtown Binghamton. Nice period street lamps and benches along the trail. Pass by the ramp to the lower trail at a 1/2 mile before coming to Court St. You'll need to head right (bike lane) to access a cross-light over Court St and then back to the trail. Travel along a promenade with tree lined benches overlooking the river. When you reach E Clinton St after 0.9 miles the trail detours right to Water St. A cross-light takes you over E Clinton St to a trail alongside River St. You pass underneath two active RR bridges and by some beautiful old brick buildings before you come alongside the river again at 1.2 miles. Pass by some floodplains on your left and commercial/industrial along your right. You come to Cheri Lindsey Park at 1.8 miles where the paved trail currently ends.
Note; An easy on-road detour will bring you to the Otsiningo Park Trails from here. Continue straight along the hard packed dirt & grass trail underneath I-81/86 & Route 17 past two red gates and continue along a grass trail to Lockwood St. Head right to Chenango St and travel left on-road to Bevier St. Head left utilizing the bike lanes and cross over the Chenango River. This will bring you to the trailhead and entrance to Otsiningo Park after less then a 1/2 mile. See; Otsiningo Park Trails .
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