Black River Trail: Black River to Watertown is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Black River, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.1 miles
305 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking

trail running


partially paved




Beautiful point to point trail that runs along the Black River, between Black River and Watertown.

13 hours ago

good for a nice quiet hike outside the city of Watertown.

nature trips
25 days ago

Walked this trail as the leaves were peaking and some great color throughout the paved walking trail. Enjoyed seeing river birch trees along the river walk as well as some of the foliage this autumn.

trail running
7 months ago

well maintained trail great for a bike ride or a run. if you have pets there is nice access points for a quick swim.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Started at the Huntingtonville trail head and walked down to the end in Black River and back. 6.9 miles. Great for biking and rollerblading. Wish people would take care of their dog's crap though.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Not bad... paved, so good for walking, jogging, or road biking. It's clean, so that's nice.

trail running
Saturday, May 27, 2017

This is my favorite "trail" to run on. The path is paved and wide and the views never get old ! Besides a few small hills on the black river side it is mostly flat. Gorgeous in the fall and spring. In the winter it is not kept up with and can get icy, even if it hasn't snowed for awhile, so just watch out for that. Also bring bug spray if recently rained, by the river it can get quite full of biting bugs ! But this is my favorite path in Watertown !

road biking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

This is such a great trail for an after or before work bike, jog, walk, or x-c ski in the winter. The river is beautiful, esp. At sunset. And the trail has now been extended! It goes almost the whole way to route 3; I think when they finish it will be linked with the short trail along the river on the Watertown side of rt 3. At this point, I'd say doing the full trail out and back is about 10 miles. Mostly flat, all paved.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Although not a hiking trail, this is fantastic for almost anyone. The whole path is completely paved, making it easy to access for almost anyone, from kids and dogs, to elderly and those in wheelchairs. The path follows the Black River for the full length. We were there in late fall, so it was covered with leaves. I expect that this is a fantastic walk during early fall while all the leaves are changing color.

If you're looking for off road hiking, then this isn't it. If you're looking for a nice easy path to enjoy the outside, then this is a gem.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Great trail for running/walking. Lots of courteous people and well lit.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

wonderful for stroller walking bicycling dog walking. the trail is totally paved, with no off-trail hiking. the only downside being people did not clean up after their dogs on the trail.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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.

trail running
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Excellent multi-use trail. That it is well used by the community is a good sign. The trail is a paved-over railroad bed, so it is smooth and level. Winds through meadows, farmland, and woods - along the Black River.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Great place.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Loved it

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Nice smooth trail to bike

Monday, May 16, 2016

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!

road biking
Saturday, April 16, 2016

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 ;)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Super easy trail for hiking or running. All of the trail is paved and plenty of parking at both ends. I would call this more of a walking trail than hiking trail.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I like this trial alot. It's easy enough I can bring my kiddos for a walk.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Not a bad little trail. If you're at Drum, nice place for a brisk walk or run.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Really nice trail. Great views of the river and a fair amount of wildlife. Completely paved and mostly flat. Pretty much empty in the mornings.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This was a fun path to walk in the winter time. It was warm at 35 degress with 2 feet of snow on the ground. Still nice scenes with most of the river iced over and deer everywhere.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Two thumbs up!

trail running
Sunday, April 07, 2013

i've done this trail a lot. it's great! nice and paved. beautiful view of the river. great for the whole family.

road biking
Thursday, November 22, 2012

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.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Nice paved trail with excellent access to the black river. Bike, walk or blade. Grab a pole even. Something for everyone.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Nice paved trail excellent for children and bicycles.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I love this trail! It's paved which makes it great for just about anything, including inline skating!

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