Michael Crandall

Black River Trail

Watertown to Black River, NY - Jefferson County

Black River Trail, which runs through woods and fields from the east edge of Watertown off Rt 3 to near the Village of Black River, is a 4.5-mile paved trail converted from a former rail bed, and offers scenic views along the river. The trail is open dawn to dusk all year for walking, bicycling, in-line skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. It is well-marked with mileage posts from each direction. Parking is located at either end of the trail: on Ridge Road in Watertown, or just outside the Village of Black River on NYS Route 3.

The Black River end of the trail features a picnic area and access to wide rocks at the edge of the Black River. The river edge is not fenced off and the current is often swift. A close eye should be kept on children and pets.

The trail also extends into the City of Watertown, with parking at the end of Walker Ave., off Route 3 (Eastern Boulevard), as well at the Waterworks Park on Huntington St.


25534 Ridge Road
Watertown, NY 13601

For more general info: 315-938-5083, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation


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