Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

Twenty five miles of multi use trail built on the old bed of the New York Central Railroad.

  • Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail
  • Biking Rivergate
  • Aerial view of the Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail
  • Rivergate Trail is a wonderful place to ski or hike in winter. (photo by Sarah Ellen Smith)
  • Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trailhead (photo by Alex McCullough)

Directions to the Preserve: Clayton access point: (Black Creek Road, Clayton, NY) From Clayton, take State Rt. 12 south out of Clayton. From the stop light, travel one-half mile to East Line Road (The Victorian Gas & Convenience Store is on the corner). Turn left onto East Line Road and travel 2.1 miles to Black Creek Road. Turn right onto Black Creek Road and travel approximately 1.3 miles – Black Creek Road takes a hard left - to the stone marker for the trail. The trail extends in a south-easterly direction from the road.

LaFargeville access point: Off State Route 411 (Theresa Street), opposite LaFargeville Agway

In 1993, TILT began acquiring pieces of the old New York Central/Penn Central Railroad bed in Clayton, Orleans, Theresa, Redwood and Philadelphia. The rails-to-trails project, now 25 miles long, is named for former director, Louise “Sissy” Danforth, who was the inspired energy behind its development. It’s a multi-use trail in several sections that can be accessed from several points. TILT encourages multiple ways to enjoy the trail by scheduling biking and hiking treks.

This project is a collaboration of many partners. Most of the maintenance on the trail is performed by TILT's Stewardship Staff, with assistance from local ATV clubs.

Please use the Trail responsibly so that others may also enjoy it.


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