Howland Island Trail at Montezuma Wildlife Management Area

Info: This consists of trails that are a mixture of dirt roads and trails through the woods.  There is an old abandoned bridge and access to the river from some of the trails, including a somewhat-waterlogged dock near the bridge.  This is part of the Montezuma Wildlife Management Area so don’t forget to visit the Montezuma Wetlands Complex nearby, where you can visit the museum there as well as take the driving tour through the wetlands.  Howland (or Howland’s) Island once was used by the Civilian Conservation Corps and once housed POW’s.  See the photo above of the plaque.
You can also find some info on the bridge at this site.

Directions/Location: Cayuga County, take Exit 40 off the Thruway and get on New York Route 31 West to New York Route 38 in Port Byron, then a couple miles north to Howland Island Road.  Go to the end of the road where the barricade at the bridge is, you can park there and walk across the bridge.  There is an official parking lot at Carncross Road outside the hamlet of Savanah – the map below is for this parking lot.

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Trail Distance: There are multiple trails, the longest being 6.6 miles but there are many side trails and connectors, comprising more miles of trails.

Date/Time Open: Daylight hours.

Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes.

Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.

Cross-Country Skiing: ?

Fishing: Yes.

Pets Allowed: Yes.

Built on Former Railroad Bed: No.

Special Instructions: Bring your bug spray, depending on the time of year.  For More Information on the trail: Website

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