Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Catharine Valley Trail

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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.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round from dawn to dusk.

2019-20 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.

No hunting is allowed on the Catharine Valley Trail.

Wed 01 Jan
First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 535-4511

Meet at the CVT Trail at Fairgrounds Lane. This easy 3.25 mile walk follows the old Chemung Canal Towpath through the Queen Catherine Wildlife Management Area. Dress in easy layers. There is parking on either side of Fairgrounds lane adjacent to CVT before you enter Frog Hollow Marina. This area is often cold and windy but once you are out on the CVT the weather becomes milder and you may be taking off at least one layer.

For inquires please contact the Watkins Glen Office at 607-535-4511.

Registration: Optional

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