Washington Park and Trails

Info: This is a large park on Jefferson County-owned land in the town of Lorraine, with parking areas and many trails, a nice picnic area with log buildings, pavilions, a stream, and toilets. Some trails have signs and markings. Camping without permits is allowed. There are two entrances to the park, one at the top of a hill and another at the bottom – this is the one with the picnic area. There is also a large, deep gorge. The trails are great for biking, hiking, & skiing. You may also see snowmobiles and ATV’s.

Directions: From Watertown, head out of the city on Washington Street and keep going. It will become Route 11 (watch for Talcott Falls on the left, a nice sight-seeing stop) and a few miles past Watertown you will go through Adams Center. Continue through Adams Center until you reach Adams.

Directly outside of the village of Adams, Route 11 curves to the right. On the left-hand side there is Route 189, take a left onto this. Continue until you come to Washington Park Road on the left. Follow this road until you find the park on the left, around a mile.

Alternately, you can get on Route 81 from Watertown heading south until you get to the Adams exit. Take a left until you reach the light in Adams and then take a right onto Route 11. Follow the instructions in the paragraph above.


Washington Park

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Washington Park: 43.782702, -75.984921
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Washington Park
Washington Park Road New York, United States of America

Trail Distance: Many trails. Some long and some short. Update July 10th, 2011 – a number of the trails are being worked on and gravel and filling is being done.

Date/Time Open: ?

Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes.
Difficulty: Easy to difficult.

Regular Biking Allowed: Not recommended.
Difficulty: Not recommended

Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.
Difficulty: Fairly easy to difficult, in some places.

Cross-Country Skiing: Yes.

Fishing: ?

Pets Allowed: Yes.

Built on Former Railroad Bed: No.

Special Instructions: Be careful, there are many crisscrossing and long trails – it is easy to get lost. Some trails are marked with signs but other trails cross over them, making them hard to follow. Watch for bears and other wildlife.

Trail Map: Major trail sections shown below, more to be mapped in the future.  Also see Washington Park trails from VisitTughill.com for more thorough maps.


Map submitted by anonymous site visitor

For More Information: Contact Jefferson County.  Also see Washington Park trails from VisitTughill.com.

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One Comment

  1. A visitor would like this information known about Washington Park –
    ” Illegal activities take place at this park during what must be late hours. Our family frequents the park with our dogs and we utilize the trail system and I would hate to lose this ability due to the lack of responsibility on others parts. I’m the winter we found several deer carcasses thrown at the main parking area (with the roundabout). We had no luck with reporting this issue.
    Today however when we went to the park it seems someone went let evening and let quite string fireworks off and a good portion of the same area at the roundabout looks like it caught fire.
    I thought maybe some trail cams would help in instances like these in case something even more major happens. Not that these two things are not major.”

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