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Catharine Valley Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Watkins Glen, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 13 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Rails trails Views Wild flowers
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Jordan Renee
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Hiking

Brought the dog with me and he loved all of the smells. Has high traffic but people are respectful on the trail

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Peter Stiles
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Road biking
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Bradford Siff
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Hiking

Great flat running trail

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Kathy Mihal
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Brian Koehler
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Road biking
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Brian Koehler
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Road biking
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Susan Baxter
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Hiking

Nice and flat. Trailhead is on the Watkins Glen high school grounds, follow the gravel path through the playing fields.

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Great Awk
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HikingGreat!

Great bike ride; all uphill from Watkins Glen to the Ek Birding Trail. The western section of The Loop has a much smoother, easier tread than the eastern section along the old canal.

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Mary Ellen
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Marina Kim
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Marina Kim
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quiet and peaceful. saw daring deer. would recommend for biking.

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Ed Guidry
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Hiking

It was very flat and straight also we saw a baby snapping turtle and the ground is soft gravel! I suggest it to all ages

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Joanne Fulmer
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Hiking

Shaded trail that is well maintained. You have to drive thru town to find the falls which added confusion. Path is good for dog walking, biking etc

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Lindsey Taber
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Charles Hurst
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Dan Skotek
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Mountain biking

For a trail recording, go to https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/catharine-valley-trail-f5a14d4 I started the recording at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel where I stayed. This review and recording was done while biking. In the Watkins Glen area, this trail is not continuous. In certain areas, you must ride on blacktop roads to connect. The only problem is that when you come off the trail and onto a road, there are no signs or markings telling you where to go to get back onto the trail. The trail itself has very little grade (mainly flat), so it is very easy for biking, walking, jogging, or pushing strollers. It is wide and mostly two-track, with a mix of hard packed gravel and low grass. It travels along wooded forests and a canal, so it is mainly in the shade, while you are taking in the sights of the natural surroundings. May you always find peace in the scent of fresh air, in the way breeze feels against your skin, in the glistening reflection of a splashing creek, and in the sound of wind in the trees. Stay humble. Stay kind. Stay thankful. Keep hope. Keep smiling. Keep laughing. Love and respect nature, because that is where you will find a true lifetime of happiness! Also love and respect everyone who crosses your path. There is a reason why they did. If I see you on the trail, I promise to say "Hi" :-)

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Angela Rypkema
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Hiking

nice easy trail. Lots of birds, beavers and turtles everywhere!

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Cyrus Walker
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wyatt71511 .
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This trail goes from Millport to Watkins Glen and is a lot longer than 4 miles. It is also heavily infested with ticks. (There's a warning sign posted almost a mile into the trail in Millport). My kid got one in his foot and now has to be tested for disease. However beautiful, I will not be taking this trail again, especially not with my child.

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Saundra Yaklin
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Hiking

Simple flat walk just south of town (Watkins Glen). We walked south on the trail then turned right & walked on the side of the road to Aunt Sarah's waterfall. It was fine to give us a bit of extra exercise after the Gorge trail and visit to the town.

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Ken W.
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Mountain bikingBugs

This trail is a fairly flat surface and there aren’t many people on the trail. It’s a standard state/county/township maintained trail. It’s shaded for the most part, so it’s a great ride on a hot day. There’s a warning sign as you approach the entrance about Lyme disease, But that’s typically the case on most trails. If you have younger children or want a really easy ride, This is a great trail for you. It isn’t very scenic as it’s covered by high weeds & trees for the most part. All in all, A fun ride whilst visiting Watkins Glen, NY.

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Steven Sturdevant
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Mountain biking

This trail is actually 13 miles long, runs from Watkins Glenn to Horseheads NY

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Caryn Barkley
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Hiking

Rode bikes with children down the trail! Went great! Kids loved it!

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Ben McCarthy
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Mountain biking

Perfect trail for biking. Nothing special otherwise.

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Morgan Sherman
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Judith Christiansen
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Nice easy walk - simple to follow along the canal. Not much of a view anywhere along the path.

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Eric Ammon
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Hiking

A simple hike in a nature preserve

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Ellen Remington
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Mountain biking
First to Review

Very well maintained up hill by less than 2% grade heading south from Watkins Glen mostly shaded through Montour Falls. Not Buggy even by the canal. Park behind the school and head south - coming back will be a breeze!

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Shelby Hallman
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