Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Catharine Valley Trail

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Address
c/o Watkins Glen State Park
P.O. Box 304
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Latitude 42.286593459199999
Longitude -76.845755783100003

ALERT - Please note, the area of the Catharine Valley Trail from Smith Road going south will be closed until further notice.

This year round recreation trail provides visitors the opportunity to experience the scenic beauty and historic charm of the glacially-carved valley south of Seneca Lake. Following abandoned railroad and canal towpath corridors, the trail passes through a variety of wildlife habitats. The compact stone-dust trail surface accommodates walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Currently six miles of the trail is available for use. When construction is complete the trail will be twelve miles long and extending from the Village of Watkins Glen to Horseheads.

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in bathing areas. Current rabies certificate is required.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round from dawn to dusk.

2015-16 Hunting Schedule for Finger Lakes State Parks & Historic Sites

On the Catharine Valley Trail, a one-mile section of the trail near the Village of Montour Falls will be closed for approximately four (4) weeks during regular gun season. Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for regular gun season.

Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 535-4511

Come join us at the Catharine Valley Trail in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.

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Registration: Required
Sat 07 May
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the parking lot by Watkins Glen High school (see CVT map). We will hike the trail a little south of Montour Falls for a total hike mileage of approximately 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to weather conditions.

Registration: Email josh.teeter@parks.ny.gov or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131 and let us know how many people in your group to expect.

For a map of the trail and the location of the meeting parking lot visit: http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/CatharineValleyTrailParkMap.pdf

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing