Info: Part of this is the same railroad bed that the Black River trail system is built on, you can go from Great Bend to Watertown on the trails and vice versa.
There are a few grinder wheels and pieces of ruins near the Great Bend end and you can see some pictures of another old mill ruin halfway up the trail on this page. The ruins can be very dangerous, explore them at your own risk! They are on a right-hand trail off from the main trail around 1.4 miles from the parking lot at the Great Bend end. There are a few more near the water along the trail closer to Great Bend also (pics here). More ruins in Felts Mills if you walk around the village (some pictures here).
There are more and more side trails leading off from the old railroad bed trail, some are quite extensive and go along the water and near some of the old mill ruins in various places.
Directions/Location: From Route 3 from Watertown heading toward Carthage. At Great Bend take a left at the light onto Route 197 (heading toward Fort Drum). Right before the bridge you will see the parking area on the left.
Heading down toward the river and back toward Watertown you will find the hiking/ATV trail. There are some old paper mill ruins down there along the water, if you go up the ATV trail you will eventually get to the railroad bed. Around half-way between Great Bend and Felts Mills a road will go down to the river where you can see more ruins. More ruins in Felts Mills if you walk around the village (some pictures here). This is the same railroad bed that the Black River Trail System is built on.
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Trail Distance: 2.3 Miles
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Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes.
Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.
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Pets Allowed: Yes.
Built on Former Railroad Bed: Yes, part of it.
Special Instructions/Information: This is used by ATV’s so keep an eye out. There are also numerous side trails, but some MAY go onto private property so watch for posted signs.
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