MOHAWK RIVER TRAIL:
ROME, NEW YORK
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Last Updated: August 1, 2015
Length: Mohawk River Trail; 4.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved trail. Sidewalk from the Erie Canalway Trail to Fort Stanwix.
To start from Fort Stanwix NM or Bellamy Harbor Park [Southern End]; From the intersection of Routes 26, 49, 69 & 365 in Rome head north along Erie Blvd (Routes 26, 49, 69), crossing over the Erie Canal and coming to the Fort Stanwix junction.
To start from Fort Stanwix NM; Continue straight along Erie Blvd and take your first right on S James St. Turn left on W Dominick St where you'll find parking. A wide brick crosswalk will bring you over to the Visitor Center.
To start from Bellamy Harbor Park; Head right on Black river Blvd and take your second right on E Dominick St. Take your first right on Mill St and just before the canal is Harbor Way on your right. Enter and turn left for the
To Start from Hazelton Wright Park [Northern End]; From the Fort Stanwix intersection in Rome (Routes 26, 49, 69) travel north along Black River Blvd (Routes 26 & 46) for 1.2 miles. Turn right on Riverview Pkwy S, then left on Riverview Pkwy N. Travel 0.5 miles and turn left into the park. The trail begins at the north end of the park across a grass field.
The Mohawk River Trail begins from Bellamy Harbor Park, next to the Erie Canal, where you may also access the Erie Canalway Trail; Utica-Syracuse . It then travels north through Rome, past Fort Stanwix NM , before traveling alongside the Mohawk River and up to Hazelton Wright Park. For more information visit; MOHAWK RIVER TRAIL .
Starting from Bellamy Harbor Park parking lot; Travel west through the Park along the Erie Canalway Trail and across a pedestrian bridge over the Mohawk River to Canal St. The trail travels underneath Route 49 and comes to an intersection. The Erie Canalway Trail continues west alongside the Erie Canal. Look right across the street and spot a sidewalk. The Mohawk River Trail follows the sidewalk up to and alongside Route 49 (Erie Blvd) heading north. Cross the RR tracks and keep left crossing S James St. Head right across Route 49 continuing along S James St until you come to a wide brick walkway that takes you across the street to the FORT STANWIX NM VISITOR CENTER after 1 mile.
Starting from Fort Stanwix NM Visitor Center; [Continuing mileage] Fort Stanwix was built by the British in 1758, to protect the Oneida Carry area from French attack during the French & Indian War. It was named for British commander, Gen. John Stanwix. The original fort is long gone, however, this replica was built starting in 1973. After checking out the Visitor Center (restrooms and water fountain) head right towards the fort to a wide paved trail. Follow this trail right, past the Visitor Center on your right and the fort on your left, out to Black River Blvd.
Note; Just before the sidewalk a paved trail on your left brings you to the fort's entrance where you can explore it (on foot/bike rack).
Follow the sidewalk left, passing by a paved trail on your left leading back along the fort.
Note; This paved trail circles the fort for a 0.5 mile Loop.
Brown "Mohawk River Trail" signs point the way. Pass by a Firefighters Monument where a crosswalk over Court St brings you to a median. Here, turn right where another crosswalk takes you over Black River Blvd. Continue straight along Brook St to River St where you'll find the River Street parking lot at 1.5 miles. From here you'll follow a paved trail into the woods and alongside the Mohawk River. Cross a bridge and travel around George Upper Elementary School and out to E Bloomfield St. Head right to a crosswalk which will take you over to where the paved trail continues. Head right across the river then left along 6th St. You'll pick up the paved off-road trail again on your left at 2.5 miles. The trail meanders through the woods and along the river. Cross Floyd Ave at 2.6 miles.
Note; In 2021/22 two overlooks of the river are planned.
Mohawk Valley Community College along your right. Pass by some ball fields and come out next to the dirt E Chestnut Street parking lot at 3.1 miles. Exit the parking lot and head left to rejoin the paved trail alongside E Chestnut St. Cross back over the river where the trail turns left. Come to an intersection.
Note; Heading left the paved trail travels underneath E Chestnut St and turns west, but abruptly ends at 4.1 miles. Phase 2 plans call for continuing the trail north to Wright Settlement Rd with possible construction in 2022. Phase 3 would continue the trail north to Delta Dam.
Heading right the trail currently ends at a grass field across from the Hazelton Wright Park parking lot at 4.1 miles.
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