Info: This trail system is a cross-country ski trail system in the Winter but can be used for hiking at other times of the year.
Ski trails are not groomed in the winter.
Directions/Location/Trail Map: Carpenter Road, no address usable. Take County Route 26 from Lowville southward and watch for the Carpenter Road on the right, if you get to Snow Ridge Ski Area you have went too far (there is parking there but unknown if the ATV trail there leads to the main trail system).
Past a very sharp left-hand turn in the Carpenter Road go up the hill a distance until you leave the paved road for gravel, watch for parking access on the left. There is a kiosk a short distance up the trail from the parking lot. Watch for ATV’s during warmer times of the year as they are prevalent on this gravel road.
Trail Distance: 8+ miles, depending on the trails taken.
Difficulty: Can be rough in places, but very little altitude change or hills, possibly some trees to step over and rough stones in places, mud during certain times of the year.
Date/Time Open: Dawn to dusk.
Mountain Biking Allowed: ?
Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.
Cross-Country Skiing: Yes.
Pets Allowed: Yes.
Built on Former Railroad Bed: No.
From NY DEC website –
Special Instructions/Information: Bring bug spray during the Summer. May be a little wet and muddy during certain times of the year, in June of 2020 there were a number of trees down but still navigable. Webmaster note – we did see a bear on the trail in June of 2020, it left after a bit with no trouble.
For More Information: NY DEC website.