Community Connection Project on the Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

  • NY Central Railroad Trestle Bridge
  • Cub Scout Pack 26 at Fall Stewardship Day
  • Sylas Bach enjoying the snow at the S. Gerald Ingerson Preserve
  • Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail
  • 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in the Village of Clayton

Last fall, you may have heard that TILT was building a new trail in the Town of Clayton, providing recreational access to the historic McCarn Creek trestle bridge on the S. Gerald Ingerson Preserve and to the Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail.

In 2019, TILT constructed nearly a mile of new trail between the Village of Clayton and TILT's Preserve. This includes a new parking area off East Line Road that's now open to the public.

But we're far from finished. The new trail leads to the awe-inspiring 60-foot high trestle bridge but does not extend across it. Restoring this trestle bridge will enhance a local trail that contributes to the vibrant quality of life in our region by protecting our natural resources and providing recreation opportunities that support the vitality of our local economy.

The trestle bridge, built in 1870, needs several safety upgrades. In partnership with the Village of Clayton and Town of Clayton, TILT is working to raise funds from within the Thousand Islands community to make this project happen and restore a piece of our region’s heritage.

Whether it's $5 or $50,000, your support will help build a new recreation asset for all to enjoy. Please consider joining us to enhance, expand and connect our community from downtown Clayton to LaFargeville for present and future generations. Make your mark by restoring a bridge that is a piece of our history and a community resource.

YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR TRESTLE. YOUR TRAIL.

To find out how you can contribute, please contact TILT at 315-686-5345 or email Terra Bach, Director of Development & Communications, at [email protected].

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