CORNING RIVERFRONT TRAIL:
CORNING, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 3, 2016
Length: Corning Riverfront Trail; 2 mile Loop
Levee Trail; 2.1 miles
Difficulty: Corning Riverfront Trail; Easy. Flat paved, brick lined trail.
Levee Trail; Moderate; Flat grass trail.
From I-86/Route 17 take exit 46 to Center Way south. Turn right into the Corning Museum of Glass Welcome Center.
The Corning Riverfront Trail begins at the Corning Museum of Glass Welcome Center, crosses a pedestrian bridge over the Chemung River to Centennial Park, then travels alongside the river before crossing a bridge back over to the Levee Trail which you can use to loop back.
Starting from the Corning Welcome Center; A double wide sidewalk travels south alongside Center Way. Follow the red stripe. Cross E Poultney St and bear right along a paved path (If biking I would follow the shuttle path as the other path is narrow and has pedestrians). This takes you past the CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS and across Museum Way. A wide paved trail continues past an old brick building to the Centerway pedestrian bridge over the Chemung River.
Note; The grass Levee Trail that runs atop the Levee above the Chemung River crosses here. Left takes you around to E Poultney St at 1.1 miles. More of a walking trail then biking. Right takes you past South Bridge St to Hillvue Park and William Street Park at 1 mile.
The bridge is full of planters, benches and informational signs. This brings you to the southern side of Corning and Centennial Park at 0.6 miles. Head left around the park along a brick path past a large water fountain, through a grove of sycamore trees, then right back through the park to the main trail at 0.8 miles.
Note; Left across the RR tracks brings you to Centerway Square with its stone clock tower and tons of places to eat. Very vibrant Main St.
After checking out Main St and the square head back towards the bridge past the Corning Glass corporate building. You have two options from here.
Option 1: Turn left along the brick lined path (various paths wind around the campus) through the Corning campus, passing by the grand staircase at the entrance, then continue around the building to the west side where you'll find the a sculpture of a glass blower. To your right is the old Thermometer Tube Draw Tower (informational sign). Continue around the building and you'll come to the trail alongside the river. Head left and you'll come to a paved trail at about 1 mile.
Option 2: Just before the bridge you'll find a brick lined path that takes you left between the river and the Corning Glass corporate building. This will bring you to a paved trail along the river at about 1 mile.
Continue west following the paved path along the river and you'll come to South Bridge St at 1.2 miles. Head right over the bridge (separated path). You have two options from here.
Option 1: Turn right and follow the grass Levee Trail back to the Centerway pedestrian bridge and return to the Corning Welcome Center for an 2.1 mile Loop.
Option 2: Continue straight on-road to Riverside Dr and head right (sidewalk available/low traffic). Continue straight on Museum Way returning to the trail off Center Way. Head left past the Corning Museum of Glass returning to the Corning Welcome Center for an 2 mile Loop.
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