JIM SCHUG TRAIL:
DRYDEN, NEW YORK
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Last Updated: August 6, 2013
Length: Jim Schug Trail; 4.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat, hard packed cinder & grass rail trail.
To Start from Dryden (Northern end); From the junction of Route 13 & 38 in Dryden follow Route 38 south. Take your first right on George St and park in the municipal parking lot. To access the trail continue along George St to Mill St and turn right. Head left at Main St and you'll come to the start of the trail just before the Agway store. No parking available near trail head.
To Start from E Lake Rd/Willow Crossing parking lot (Southern End); From the junction of Route 13 & 38 in Dryden follow Route 38 south for 3.6 miles. Turn left on Purvis Rd, then right on E Lake St/Willow Crossing. The parking lot and trailhead will be on your left.
The Jim Schug Trail follows the former rail bed of the Lehigh Valley Railroad through the village and town of Dryden. Future plans call for extending the trail north another 3 miles along the old rail bed to the village of Freeville. For more information visit; JIM SCHUG TRAIL and ITHACA TRAILS .
Starting from Main Street; Map board located here. The trail starts off as grass passing by the Agway before crossing an old iron RR bridge over Virgil Creek and coming to Mill St at 0.2 miles. Here the hard packed cinder & grass rail trail passes by the Dept of Public works and your first 1/2 mile marker and bench. [Every 1/2 mile the trail is marked by a bench and marker] Cross-walk over South St (Route 38) then right over Weber St where you'll find a map board. The trail travels along a partially shaded corridor passing by a pond at a mile. The Dryden Lake Outlet parallels the trail and you soon cross over it before reaching the Keith Lane parking lot at 1.7 miles. Cross 3 more bridges over the creek before reaching the Chaffee Road parking lot at 2.3 miles. Next cross W Lake Rd and come to Dryden Lake at 2.6 miles.
Note; A trail on your left will bring you to Dryden Lake Park.
The trail now travels alongside the lake and across a causeway with a marsh on your right. Lots of wildlife sightings including Blue Herons. Reach the Lake Road parking lot at 3.4 miles. Cross a bridge followed by another causeway through a marsh before the end of the trail at the E Lake Rd/Willow Crossing parking lot after 4.1 miles.
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