VESTAL RAIL TRAIL:

VESTAL, NEW YORK

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Last Updated:      August 4, 2016

Length:                Vestal Rail Trail; 3.5 miles   

Difficulty:            Easy. Flat, paved rail trail                            

Directions:

To start from the African Rd parking lot ; From I-86 take exit 67S to Route 26 south to Route 434 (Vestal Pkwy). Turn right (east) along Route 434 and take your first left on African Rd. The parking lot is next to the Home Goods plaza on your left.

To start from the Stage Rd parking lot; From I-86 take exit 67S to Route 26 south to Route 434 (Vestal Pkwy). Turn left (west) along Route 434 and take your first right on N Main St, then a right on Stage Rd. Parking lot is on your right.

The Vestal Rail Trail runs along the former rail bed of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Built in the 1880's this line ran from Binghamton to Buffalo. For more information visit; RAILS TO TRAILS .

Starting from the African Rd parking lot; A restroom and gazebo are located here. This wide, paved rail trail travels behind a commercial corridor on your left and a dike to your right. Willow Run is the stream on your left. Markers are painted every 1/4 mile on the pavement. You pass by a small playground with picnic tables and a pavilion on your right at 0.4 miles. The trail then parallels Route 434 for a bit and so can be a bit loud. At 0.9 miles you'll come to a sign board on your right.

Note; A 0.6 mile nature trail loops out around a marsh and then back to this trail further ahead. Walking trail, however, you can easily ride just 0.1 miles down the trail to a raised platform overlooking the marsh. Scenic. 

Travel underneath Route 26 at 1.5 miles. Look for an historical marker describing a 1901 train wreck along this line on your right at 1.7 miles. The trail then travels through and around the old 1915 Rounds Coal House which has been moved to this site. It houses the Vestal Coal House Cafe. Come to the Stage Rd parking lot at 2 miles. Continue straight along Stage Rd out to N Main St to a cross-light. Head right underneath Route 17 where you'll pick up the paved trail on your left. The wide open trail travels below Route 17 then up and over a levee past a Fire Training facility. You the cross an iron bridge over Choconut Creek at 2.6 miles. You continue just below Route 17 before the trail ends at Castle Gardens Road parking lot at 3.5 miles. 

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