Info: This trail system is built on the old railroad bed of the New York Ontario & Western Railroad, abandoned in 1957 and has been resurfaced. It is 25-28 miles long but unfortunately Route I-81 splits the trail into two – an East trail and a West trail.
The ATV clubs who seem to use this the most keep it cleaned and fixed from the looks of it. Real good walking and bike riding and no large potholes or puddles that can’t be gotten around or stepped over. It passes by woods (including DEC woods in some areas) as well as by residences and villages, over old well-kept railroad bridges and near a park (Scriba on the east leg) and the city of Central Square and Fulton the West side.
Many of the roads that cross the trail can be parked on (some do have no parking signs near the trail, just keep an eye out), and there are some parking areas along parts of it.
Thanks to Russell Nelson’s website at http://russnelson.com/oswego-recreational-trail.html for info on this trail.
Directions/Location: From Russell Nelson’s website – Convenient parking is available at 836 (approximate address) County Route 6 in the Town of Volney (look for the parking lot); on Toad Harbor Road, off Route 49, near Three Mile Bay; and in the village of Cleveland on North Street, Constantia area, etc. Webmaster note – you can park on many of the roads that pass across the trail system, as long as they do not have “no parking” signs. We have parked at the parking lot shared by three businesses near the corner of Route 11 (S. Main Street) and Railroad Street in Central Square.
GPS Coordinates: Near Fulton end of western trail – N43.30509 W76.34878. Near east end of the western part of the trail – N43.27784 W76.14279. Near west end of eastern trail – N43.27630 W76.08300. N43.23639 W75.88059 – Cleveland end, east end of eastern trail.
Trail Distance: 25-28 miles, split into two trails.
Date/Time Open: ?
Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes. The west side of this trail system can be quite rough, and might not be suitable for hybrid bikes or light duty mountain bikes.
Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.
Cross-Country Skiing: Yes.
Pets Allowed: Yes.
Built on Former Railroad Bed: Yes.
For More Information: http://russnelson.com/oswego-recreational-trail.htm