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: the Rivergate Wheelers, the Lodge ATV Club and Indian River Lakes ATV & Snowmobile Club. The Trail crosses several municipalities, all of whom participate in its upkeep. New York State built the Interstate 81 underpass for the trail near Theresa.
Please use the Trail responsibly so that others may also enjoy it.
A trail map is available at the Rivergate Wheelers website.