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Black Diamond Trail

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1740 Taughannock Blvd.
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Latitude 42.533184
Longitude -76.616402

The Black Diamond Trail is an 8.4 mile stretch of stone dust trail, which has been converted from an old railroad bed. The trail passes through a mix of woodland and pastoral lands along the western slope of Cayuga Lake. Trailheads at Cass Park/Allan H. Treman State Park in the City of Ithaca and Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg provide parking and access to the trail. Recreational opportunities include hiking, jogging, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Household pets only on a leash, not more than 6 feet. Certificate proof of rabies inoculation. Please curb your dog.

Hours of Operation

  • The trail is open year round from dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Fees & Rates
  • Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. There is no fee to use the Black Diamond Trail; however, a park use fee may be encountered if accessing the trail from parking available at Allan H. Treman and Taughannock Falls State Parks.

Highlights of the Black Diamond Trail:

  • Taughannock Falls is the tallest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi. With a drop of 215 feet (66 meters), it is 33 feet higher than Niagara Falls, but with a much smaller volume of water.
  • Don't miss the view of Taughannock Falls from the Falls Overlook – the gorge creates a natural amphitheater that holds in the dense spray that rises from the bottom of the falls and shrouds the lower part of the cataract in mist – it will inspire a hike down the George Trail and provide the setting for the perfect photo of the falls.
  • The Black Diamond Trail passes through a landscape mixed with hardwood forests and pastoral lands. The diverse landscape offers opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife including many species of birds.
  • In the spring, wildflowers blanket hillsides along the Black Diamond Trail.
  • The Black Diamond Trail offers views of the Cayuga Lake along the way. For bird watching fans, the Hog Hole wetland viewable from the southern end which provides great opportunities to view waterfowl.

Hunting and trapping are prohibited along the trail. However, private property adjoins the trail corridor where hunting may occur during hunting season. NYS Parks recommends wearing an article of blaze orange clothing for added safety during hunting season.

Sat 03 Nov
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, November 3, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Black Diamond Trail
(607) 387-7041 ext 131

Meet at the Jacksonville Rd parking lot. The hike will go out on the future Black Diamond Trail 2 1/2 miles and then we will turn around and return to the parking lot. Total hike mileage 5 miles. Hike length and exact route subject to change due to trail or weather conditions.

Registration: email or call (607) 387-7041 ext. 131

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing