GORGE TRAIL:

CAZENOVIA, NEW YORK

-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-

Last Updated:       February 20, 2024

Length:                 Gorge Trail; 2.6 miles

Difficulty:             Easy-Moderate. Flat, hard packed dirt, grass, cinder & gravel rail trail. 

Directions:     

To Start from Williams Street [Southern End]; From I-81 take exit 15 to Route 20 east to Cazenovia. Continue along Routes 13 & 20 through town. Turn left on Farnham St (Route 13) and take your first right on Williams St. Parking area on the right across from old train Depot. 

For the Clark Street parking lot [Southern Section]; Continue north on Route 13 from Route 20 and take your second right on Clark St. Parking lot is on your left just across the bridge.

The Gorge Trail follows the rail bed of the old Lehigh Valley RR and is part of the NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL . For more information visit; GORGE TRAIL .

Starting from Williams Street [Southern End];  

Traveling South; I haven't checked this out. I believe the hard packed dirt, grass, cinder & gravel old Lehigh Valley RR rail bed travels South through the woods and out through a commercial parking lot to Albany St at 0.2 miles. If you travel right a cross-walk will take you across busy Albany St. You then travel left, crossing over Chittenango Creek and turning right, South, along a paved road through a commercial area. I believe at the end of this road you can continue straight along the old rail bed through the woods. This will bring you past some ball fields and out to Route 65 after 0.5 miles. Left will bring you to the parking lot. If you have any information on this section please email me at bikeitorhikeitcontact@gmail.com .

Traveling North; Travel up the dirt road to the left of the "Depot Hill" sign. Pass by an old red Lehigh Valley RR caboose and the old 1894 Lehigh Valley Depot. Further right is the old 1870 Cazenovia & Canastota RR Freight House. Continue along the road passing by the Dept of Public Works building (site of an old RR turntable). Pick up the trail to the right just past this building where an old RR bridge takes you North across Chittenango Creek. Informational signs are located along this section. Hard packed cinder trail with a few tree root issues. Cross over to the Clark Street parking lot at 0.4 miles where you'll find a Map Board. The hard packed dirt, cinder & gravel trail travels above the creek through thick woods alongside a ridge. This is mostly a slight downhill grade. Travel past a water treatment plant. Pass by a scenic mountain stream on your right at 1.3 miles. Cross a berm high above the creek with steep drop offs as you travel near the top of the ridgeline. Bench at 2.3 miles. A feeder stream parallels the trail briefly. Trail has some tree root issues as you near Bingley Rd and the end of the bikable section of trail at 2.6 miles. A steep set of stairs lead down to Bingley Rd, across which the NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL continues North.

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