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North Country National Scenic Trail Association

Central New York Chapter

The Mission and Work of the

Central New York Chapter


In New York State, the Central New York Chapter North Country Trail Association is responsible for the North Country Trail from the now established junction with the extended Onondaga Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail. to the Blue Line of the Adirondack Park. Blue Line. In addition, to enhance recreational opportunities on the North Country Trail in this area, the CNY Chapter also accepts the noted responsibilities for that portion of the Link Trail which provides a direct connection between the North Country Trail and the main Finger Lakes Trail in Chenango County.

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) is a premier footpath that stretches for about 4,600 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states. Already, more than 1,800 miles have been certified off-road. Additional miles follow shared paths, and some road walks remain. When completed it will be the longest off-road hiking trail in the United States.

The North Country National Scenic Trail follows existing trails whenever feasible.  In New York State, the Finger Lakes Trail, the Link Trail, and the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park Towpath Trail to Rome are utilized. Within the City of Rome, planning is underway to provide a trail northward to Lake Delta along the Mohawk River route. Further north, the NCNST follows the BREIA trail from Pixley Falls to Boonville, with additional segments carrying the NCNST to Forestport. Think of this as two highway routes occupying the same roadbed for a distance.

The Link Trail was designed to connect the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) with the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park Towpath Trail. While those two trails run east-west across New York's Southern Tier, the Link Trail goes north-south in the central part of the state, east of Syracuse.

The Link Trail was also designed to connect natural, cultural, and historic resources and to establish links between disconnected public lands. From its south terminus, it traverses Chenango ? Madison 9 State Forest, Muller Hill State Forest, Three Springs State Forest, Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area, Dugway County Forest, the Nelson Swamp Unique Area, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park near Cazenovia, the Village of Cazenovia with its historic homes, shops and restaurants, Lorenzo State Historic Site, Chittenango Falls State Park (via a future side trail) and the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park at Canastota, NY.