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.

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 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Catharine Valley Trail
(607) 535-4511

All ages welcome - Kids under 17 need to be with a parent or with a group. No pets please. Please bring gloves and wear long pants and long sleeves. Tics are always on the look-out for a warm human leg or arm. We will have tools. If you have skills for outdoor clean-up and brush work and have your own tools please bring them. Also bring or carry insect repellant. We will water and snacks and bags for clean-up.

You can volunteer in two locations on the Catharine Valley Trail:

-South of Montour Falls just off of Rte 14 on the South Genesee Street – Meet at the Catharine Creek Parking Lot - Watkins Glen State Park worker will be on have to provide tools and instructions

-At the Mark Twain State Park at the Domes – Turn on Huck Finn Road just off of Rte. 14. Follow Huck Finn Road up and around to the parking lot. We meet in the SW corner of the lot. Workers will be on hand to meet and greet you. We will have a meeting at 9:10 to get workers assigned to groups. The work at this area involves continuing to clear and build nature trails through a beautiful area of Mark Twain State Park. This area will soon become the southern trailhead for the Catharine Valley Trail.


Registration: Required
Sat 07 Oct
First Saturday Hike: Catharine Valley Trail
Saturday, October 7, 2017 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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 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:

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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