A beautiful wide paved path along the Black River.
Well traveled by walkers, runners, and bicycle riders. Winding through wooded areas, near corn fields, and across bridges it is a quiet area that is kid and dog friendly.
Having kids with me I just wish there was a bathroom area with garbage receptacle around the half way point of the trail.
Other than that it's a very nice, relaxing walk.
easy trail. I walk to the trail from my home in Black River for a warm up. I throw 20lb plates in the pack to keep me in "ruck shape". it was super windy and chilly today as we walked in from Black River, but as soon as we hit the trail, the trees cut 90% of the wind out and it warmed up by a few degrees.
point is, good to hit on a windy day!
This is my go to trail from Fort Drum. Great for dog walking... fantastic for a bike ride from post out to the trail, I often will loop it twice for miles. I also love to run it, though then I wish it was gravel. But really no complaints at all! The views are great and it's almost like you get three styles of views. The river, farmers fields, then a lovely arch of tree tunnel!
The only pet peeve is people who let their dogs poop ON the trail, or bag it then leave it ON the trail. I'm a dog owner so losing access to trails because people don't have a little respect for each other... Sorry rant ;)
Very good trail, well kept up, but often pretty busy. There is still a good variety of plant life along the trail, but there is an invasive tree, the glossy buckthorn, that has occupied it, and is noticeable by its small black berries all along the trail and covering the ridgeline above the black river trail. There is another invasive plant that is called swallow wort that has an infestation started about 1 mile in from the Black River trailhead. Swallow wort takes over entire areas and will if left alone take over the entire trail from plants and trees alike.
As yet, there are still native wild berries at varying times throughout summer and fall to be found along the trail, just not for many years if these two plants are left along to take over.