JEFFERSON-LEWIS AREA TRAILS
Please sign in. Hike in pairs. Use the sun as your guide.
Leaves of three, leave them be!!
POORS ISLAND: Travel down Main St. in Black River. Just before bridge, turn R. onto St. Regis St. "Private Way". "Kamargo Recreation" state brown/yellow sign is on telephone pole. Drive over bridge, parking area is ahead on right. Walk around gate, down road. Porta-potties and picnic area are on left. Trail is across from picnic area. Huge grinding wheels; at end of island to the left of the dam are some neat fossils when the water level is low; mill ruins are at the end where the picnic area is. Beware of POISON IVY.
RT. 3 PICNIC AREA & ENTRANCE TO THE BLACK RIVER RECREATION TRAIL (BRRT): At the junction of Rt. 3 and 342, travel east, cross over the bridge, turn R. at the signs "Canoe Portage" and Picnic Area". Drive in to the parking area on your right. Continue to (2) canoe put-in areas if you want to get closer to the river and do some exploring. The BRRT entrance (on the old RR bed) is on the L (an ATV entrance). This trail is now paved after hiking on some private land that isn't (which is OK). Good for carriages, roller-blades, bikes, tricycles ..
BRRT (Huntingtonville entrance): Off of State St. in Watertown, turn onto Eastern Boulevard. Just before bridge turn onto Huntington St., which becomes Ridge Rd. Drive past 2 cemeteries, and at "End 35" speed zone, just before going up the hill is a parking area on the right. The trail is on the left (an old railroad bed) and is paved until just before the Black River trail head. The trail is 3 miles long and skirts the river in many places. Watch for poison ivy if you go off trail.
RIVERFRONT TRAIL: Heading east on Rt. 3, pass Great Bend, and cross the bridge (Town of Wilma). Deferiet entrance will be on your left. Right after the bridge is a parking area on your right. This is a nice hiking trail right by the river, (not paved), about ¾ mile long, one way.
CALCIUM TRAIL: (from Calcium): Going west on 342, cross Pearl St. Rd., over the RR tracks into Calcium. Turn L. after the church (County Rt. 147); go past the post office and Dovers Market. After crossing a little stream, parking lot is on L. The gravel trail is 2 miles long. Easy.
CALCIUM TRAIL: (from Rt. 11- the other end): From Watertown, heading north on Rt. 11, after Truesdale Furniture and Dave's Auto Body Shop, turn R. across from the trailer park onto Sanford Corners (before the RR underpass). The parking area is just north of Patterson Rd off of Rt. 11. There are no signs right on the road, but are in the parking lot.
THOMPSON PARK ZOO: Go in to main building and pick up a "Cross Country Skiing Trails" brochure for trails at the park and the Watertown Golf Club. The Olmstead Trail (off of Park Drive) goes by the old ski tow and into a nice wooded area.
LOWVILLE DEMONSTRATION AREA AND FORESTRY NATURE TRAIL: (From Lowville) Take Route 812 East (towards Croghan), continue past East Rd., and when the road sweeps left, look for the parking lot/picnic area/cabin/fire tower on the left. Brochures for a self-guided tour are available. Tours are sometimes available.
CARTHAGE: Off of State St. in Carthage, turn into the Carthage Park (across from the Church of the Nazarene), and pull into the first parking lot on the right. Park on the left side at the end of the macadam and the trail entrance will be right in front of you. At the trail intersection, continue straight ahead (red trail) until you come to blue paint on the tree (with trail ribbon), and turn right. This will bring you back to your car. Do not turn on the trail with the trail ribbon on the birch (pale yellow/green marking), as it is currently very wet. Beautiful ferns and flowers.
RODMAN-BARNES CORNERS CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS: (From Watertown/Route 12: Take Rt. 194 out of Copenhagen, turn left at stop to 177, turn R onto 177.) (From Lowville: Take Dayan Street/Route 12 towards Watertown, then 177 to Barnes Corners) (From I-81/NY-11: 177 East from Adams Center)
MAIN PARKING LOT on Rt. 177 is 2 miles west of Barnes Corners on the right (north side) of 177. There is a big map of all trails (9.6 miles) in this area. More information available at the DEC web site www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8375.html
OLD STATE ROAD/WILLIAMS TRUCK TRAIL: Turn right onto Old State Rd (Tug Hill State Forest) .7 miles west of Barnes Corners, and travel .9 mile (cigar-shaped pond on your right). Park there and hike N into the John Young Nature Trail, which will bear left off of the old logging trail. This is very scenic and goes along Inman Gulf, exiting to the left before you go on the Oak Rim Trail. There is a picnic table and swing on the left side of the trail a ways in. It would be nice to park another car at the other trail exit, which is .6 miles beyond (still heading W) the above parking area. Other trails are accessible off of the Old State Rd, which also go along the gulf. You can also get to the Williams Truck Trail from Babbit Truck Trail (off 177) on the western edge of the state forest.
WHETSTONE GULF STATE PARK: This is located 6 miles south of Lowville just off of Route 26. A sharp right hand turn onto West Rd. will bring you to the entrance. There is a gorge trail (flatland) and a North and South Rim trail overlooking the gorge (which is longer and requires more stamina).
WINONA FOREST RECREATION AREA / TUG HILL TOURATHON TRAILS: Off of Rt. 81, take exit 37, Sandy Creek-Lacona. Coming from the north, turn R (west), turn left at the stop sign, turn left at the traffic light, cross back over 81. (People coming from the south join here) Take the first left, then at stop (high school is in front of you), turn right, go over the RR tracks, to the "T". Turn L (north) onto Co.Rt. 22, go .7 miles and turn R onto Center Rd. Travel 5.5 miles and turn L at the stop sign into the parking area. There is a map there and a register. "Bill's Belly" is recommended for a first hike. (It's the first trail on the right after you sign in. When you get to intersections, turn L (two of them) which will bring you back to parking lot. There are several trails (40 miles) in this location. Information and maps are available at www.winonaforest.com
CHAUMONT BARRENS: Travel 12E to Chaumont, turn R. on to Morris Tract Rd. Travel 3 miles, turn L. just after cemetery at yellow house. Road is not marked. Go about 1.3 miles on the gravel road, look for parking area on left just after the road has a sweeping right turn. Trail starts at the parking area. A kiosk is in a ways with maps and information. Alvar grasslands, fossils, prairie smoke, reindeer lichen, limestone woodlands. More information at www.nature.org Central and Western New York (Nature Conservancy)
LAKE ONTARIO - BLACK POND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA: Head south from Watertown. on Route. 3 past Henderson Harbor, and look for Bolton Rd. Turn R. Go to end and turn L. onto a gravel road. The board walk and trail begins at the parking lot.
LAKE ONTARIO -SOUTHWICKS BEACH STATE PARK: Travel south from Watertown on Rt. 3 until you come to main entrance road to the Park (across from Rt. 193). There are all kinds of hiking trails in this area. Great Lakes Sand Dunes and Habitat, Education, E. Lake Ontario Sand Dunes.
GREAT BEND TO FELTS MILLS: Park before the bridge going into Fort Drum at Great Bend. Take the ATV trail down the hill from the parking area. You can explore down near the river for the paper mill ruins. Back on the trail, when it splits, go up the ATV trail to the RR bed, and follow that. About half way between the towns, a road will go down to the river where you can see more ruins. Back on the RR bed will take you to Felts Mills where there is another ruins down by the river in the village.