Hiking & Biking Trails

Hikers, mountain bikers, birders, and nature enthusiasts love Oswego County. Miles and miles of marked and unmarked woodland trails criss-cross several state forests, wildlife management areas, parks and environmental centers.

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Salmon River Falls

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Important Hiking & Biking Tips:

  • Hikers can expect to encounter hunters during fall months in areas where hunting is permitted. Wear a bright-colored jacket or shirt and stay on designated foot paths or trails.
  • The following trails range in difficulty from easy to moderate. To make your trip safe and enjoyable: wear proper clothing; tell someone where you are going and when you will be back; and hike with at least one other person.
  • Obey all traffic rules, signs and signals
  • Protective helmets are recommended for adult riders
  • Make yourself visible to automobile drivers
  • Inspect your bicycle before you ride
  • Inform someone of your cycling plans

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Public Hiking Trails in Oswego County

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Albion Cross Trail:
NYS Rte. 13, Town of Albion
This trail is 2.3 miles long and is a multi-use facility. It is also used by snowmobile and ATV users. The trail commences at the intersection of NYS Route 13 and trends northwest to the hamlet of Altmar.

Amboy 4H Environmental Education Center:
NYS Rte. 183, Amboy
3 miles hiking trails through 150 wooded acres. 3.5 miles north of Amboy Center. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, 315-963-7286.

Chateaugay State Forest:
Co. Rtes. 2 and 50, Orwell
Network of 7 miles marked trails and 8 miles unplowed roads for hiking and cross-country skiing. 7.5 miles east of Pulaski.

Deer Creek Marsh:
Rainbow Shores Road, Richland
1,195 acres of wetland and uplands between Lake Ontario and NYS Rte. 3 in town of Richland. Viewing tower, parking area, handicapped access. Scenic vistas, bird watching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory:
Sage Creek Road, Mexico
Prime location for viewing migrating birds of prey and waterfowl. More than 40,000 counted annually. Owned by Onondaga Chapter of the NYS Audubon Society. Weather/hawk hotline, early March to late May: 315-963-8291. Off NYS Rte. 104B in Town of Mexico.

Fallbrook Recreation Center:
Thompson Rd., Oswego
Trails connect to Rice Creek Field Station trails, for a combined total of 20 miles of trails. 315-341-2106.

Great Bear Springs Recreation Area:
City of Fulton and Town of Volney
Comprised of 236 acres owned by the City of Fulton and the 78 acre Town of Volney Park.

Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area:
NYS Rte. 104, Albion, Williamstown; Co. Rte. 26, Parish, Amboy
8,645 acres of uplands, wetlands, ponds. Hiking, birding, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. No off-road motor vehicles allowed.

Hastings Town Park:
Wilson Rd., Hastings
100 acres of park land, 3 miles of marked trails. 315-668-2456, 315-668-6191

Independence Park:
Riker’s Beach Rd., Scriba
The park, owned by Oswego County, has two miles of hiking trails, .8 mile of which are wheelchair accessible, on 47.3 acres adjacent to Lake Ontario. 315-349-3451.

Klondike State Forest:
Amboy
875 Acres.  5 miles of ungroomed trails. Surrounded by numerous ponds. Off NYS Rte. 69, corner of Tanner and Starks Rds., Amboy. 607-753-3095

Littlejohn State Wildlife Management Area:
Co. Rte. 17, Boylston and Redfield
8,020 acres of uplands and wetlands, with 18.8 miles of trails. Hiking, birding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Mexico Point Park:
Mexico Point Drive, Mexico
Nature trail. Medieval-style cottage open for tours by appointment. Off NYS Rte.104B. 315-963-8216 or 315-963-7657.

Oswego County Forest Land:
NYS Rte. 13 & Ball Rd., Williamstown
There is a .75 mile trail on 112.36 acres. The property contains both pine plantations and naturally regenerated deciduous woods. The trail can be used in all four seasons.

Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe:
NYS Rte. 104, Williamstown
Offers nature enthusiasts hundreds 364 acres of wilderness, and includes beautiful and unique glacier-made “kettlehole” lakes which attract a variety of wildlife. The park features 3 miles of marked nature trails, interpretive center, pavilion, educational exhibits, and a meeting center. Hiking, canoeing, birding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.  Camp Zerbe is open from dawn to dusk. The meeting center and interpretive center are open by appointment. Pets and motorized vehicles are not allowed in the park. For more information, call 315-349-3451.

Oswego County Recreation Trail:
Maple Avenue, Volney to NYS Rte. 49, Cleveland
26 miles. Ideal for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Parking access at Co. Rte. 6, Volney.

Oswego East and West Riverwalks:
City of Oswego
Paved walkways stretch along both sides of the Oswego River from the harbor to Lock 7. The paths are connected by a pedestrian bridge that crosses the river near Utica Street.

Rice Creek Biological Field Station:
Thompson Road, Oswego State University
An instructional and research unit of the State University of New York College at Oswego, the state property consists of the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land in several stages of growth from open fields to mature forests. Trails provide access to the various habitats around the station. The building contains two lab/classrooms, a lecture room, and exhibit areas with an indoor viewing gallery. Hiking, birding, exhibits, lectures and workshops. Rice Creek Field Station is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trails are open from dawn to dusk. 315-312-7961

Richard A. Noyes Bird Sanctuary:
Nine Mile Point Rd., Town of New Haven
Over two miles of trails on nearly 90 acres along Lake Ontario. The property is owned by the Onondaga Audubon Society.

Salmon River Falls Unique Area:
Falls Road, Orwell
110-foot waterfall provides a breathtaking view any time of the year. Areas of gorge are restricted and visitors should use extreme caution. Footpath to the bottom of the gorge open May 1 to Nov. 15. Owned by NYS DEC. 1.4 miles northeast of Co. Rte. 22. 315-298-7467.

Sage Creek Trail:
County Rte. 41, Town of Mexico
The trail is an abandoned railroad right-of-way maintained for multi-use recreation. The trail begins at County Route 41 in the Town of Mexico and goes 4.7 mile north to Atkinson Road in the Town of Richland.

Salmon River State Forest:
Co. Rtes. 2 & 17, Redfield
3 miles of trails. 607-753-3095

Sandy Creek Community Park:
U.S. Rte. 11, Sandy Creek
1 and .5 miles of marked trails, other unmarked trails. 315-387-3445

Sandy Island Beach State Park:
3387 Co. Rte. 15, Sandy Creek
11 acres of sandy beach on Lake Ontario. Part of the unique Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland System. Swimming, fishing, birding, hiking, canoeing, kayaking. 315-387-2657.

Selkirk Shores State Park:
7101 NYS Rte. 3, Pulaski
980-acre multiple-use park overlooking Lake Ontario.  Swimming beach, camping, fishing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Includes day-use picnic area, pavilions, nearby Pine Grove boat launch, and woodland trail. 315-298-5737.

Sunset Bay Park:
E. Lake Rd., Scriba
1 mile of marked trails. 315-343-1853

Three Mile Bay/Big Bay State Wildlife Management Area:
Off NYS Rte. 49, West Monroe and Constantia
3,500-acre wetlands area. Hiking, boat access, birding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing, trapping. 6 miles east of Central Square. Access from NYS Rte. 49 via Toad Harbor Road or Lower Road to Wheeler Road and West Road.

Trout Brook State Forest:
Off Co. Rte. 22, Bremm Road, Sandy Creek and Boylston
3 miles of trails. 607-753-3095

Winona State Forest Recreation Area:
Center Road, Boylston

Winona Forest, located on the boundary of southern Jefferson County and northern Oswego County in Northern New York, is a 9,233-acre state forest that offers many recreational opportunities, including: snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, dog sledding, bird watching and horseback riding.

Winona Forest is one of the snowiest places east of the Rockies with an average snow fall of 250 inches per year! In winter, the prevailing westerly winds move cold winter air over the warm water of Lake Ontario producing massive lake effect snow falls on the Winona Forest in the Tug Hill area.

Parking on north side of Center Road at Wart Road intersection and Bargy Road intersection, in Boylston. 315-286-0375; More information also available at www.tughillskiclub.com

Winona Forest Trail Map


 

Guided Hikes:

Oswego Expeditions
Email: info@oswegoexpeditions.com
Description: We showcase our regions historical assets and explore it’s natural resources by merging health, history and nature.     


Biking

Biking at Great Bear

Oswego County may be better-known for its substantial snowfall and towering snow banks; yet after the spring melt, our roads reveal spacious shoulders for excellent cycling and our winter ski trails become home to adventurous mountain bikers.View stunning vistas on quiet country roads in the foothills of the Tug Hill Plateau. Enjoy a scenic ride through the Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area or take in the beauty of a Lake Ontario sunset. Cycle the Seaway Trail or pedal the Oswego Canal, stopping along the way to take in our rich history.

In Oswego County, you’ll discover charming towns with family-owned restaurants, thousands of campsites, and shady rest stops with cool breezes off Lake Ontario.

Bicycling Clubs and Organizations:

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Ride Oswego County
Email: Rideoswego@gmail.com
Description: Promotes safe cycling in Oswego County. Group rides, upcoming races, cycling tips and other resources to encourage cycling in our communities.                                                                       

Adventure Cycling Association
150 East Pine Street
P.O. Box 8308
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 800-755-2453
Fax: 406-721-8754
Email: info@adventurecycling.org
Web site: www.adventurecycling.org
Description: national bicycling club

CNY DIRT Mountain Bike Club (Dedicated Individuals for Responsible Trail-use)
Web site: http://bikeloft.com/page.cfm?PageID=34

International Mountain Bicycling Association
P.O. Box 7578
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: 888-442-4622
Fax: 303-545-9026
Email: info@imba.com
Web site: www.imba.com
Description: international mountain biking advocacy group

League of American Bicyclists
1612 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 202-822-1333
Email: bikeleague@bikeleague.org
Web site: www.bikeleague.org
Description: national bicycling advocacy group

New York Bicycling Coalition
P.O. Box 8868
Albany, N.Y. 12208
Phone: 518-436-0889
Email: nybc@nybc.net
Web site: www.nybc.net
Description: state bicycling advocacy group

Onondaga Cycling Club
P.O. Box 6307
Teall Station
Syracuse, N.Y. 13217
Phone: 315-720-1064
Web site: www.onondagacyclingclub.org
Description: local bicycling club

                   

Bicycling Safety and Resources:

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Cycling the Oswego Canal
New York State Canal Corporation
P.O. Box 189
Albany, N.Y. 12201
Phone: 888-245-3697
Email: info@nycanal.com
Web site: www.nycanal.com/recreation/
Description: canal cycling resource

Parks & Trails New York
29 Elk Street
Albany, N.Y. 12207
Phone: 518-434-1583
Fax: 518-427-0067
Email: ptny@ptny.org
Web site: www.ptny.org
Description: trail advocacy

Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
UNC Highway Safety Research Center
730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
CB# 3430
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599
Phone: 800-672-4527
Fax: 919-962-8710
Web site: www.bicyclinginfo.org
Description: national bicycling resource

Seaway Trail, Inc.
Corner of Ray and Main Streets
P.O. Box 660
Sackets Harbor, N.Y. 13685
Phone: 800-732-9298
Fax: 315-646-1004
Email: info@seawaytrail.com
Web site: www.seawaytrail.com
Description: seaway trail cycling resource

U.S. Department of Transportation
Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager
Federal Highway Administration
FHWA HEPN-50 Rm E74477
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20590-0001
Phone: 202-366-8044
Fax: 202-366-3409
Web site: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/
Description: national bicycling resource and advocacy

Bicycle Sales and Service:

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Doyle’s Bike Sales
316 West First Street
Fulton, N.Y. 13069
Phone: 315-592-4537
Description: bicycle sales, service, parts and accessories

Murdock’s Bicycles and Sports
37 East First Street
Oswego, N.Y. 13126
Phone: 315-342-6848
Email: ben@murdockssports.com
Web site: www.murdockssports.com
Description: bicycle sales, service, parts and accessories, rentals

Mountain & Trail Biking:

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Great Bear Springs Recreation Area
County Route 57
Fulton, N.Y. 13069
Phone: 315-592-2474
Web site:  www.friendsofgreatbear.org
Description: mountain/trail biking

Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area
NYS Route 104
Williamstown, N.Y. 13493
Phone: 800-388-8244 x251
Web site: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27402.html
Description: easy to moderate mountain/trail biking

Oswego County Recreation Trail:
Maple Avenue, Volney to NYS Rte. 49, Cleveland
26 miles. Ideal for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Parking access at Co. Rte. 6, Volney; Toad Harbor Road, West Monroe; and North St., Cleveland.

Rice Creek Biological Field Station:
Thompson Road, Oswego State University
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315-312-7961
Website: http://www.oswego.edu/academics/opportunities/rice_creek_field_station/
Trail Map (the bike trail is orange).
Description: 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land.Trails provide access to the various habitats around the  station. Trails are open from dawn to dusk.

Selkirk Shores State Park:
7101 NYS Rte. 3, Pulaski
980-acre multiple-use park overlooking Lake Ontario.  Swimming beach, camping, fishing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Includes day-use picnic area, pavilions, nearby Pine Grove boat launch, and woodland trail. 315-298-5737.

Winona State Forest Recreation Area
Center Road
Boylston, N.Y. 13083
Phone: 315-286-0375
Email: info@winonaforest.com
Web site: www.winonaforest.com
Description: mountain/trail biking

Winona Forest Trail Map

Information on Mexico Point  Park

 

Guided Biking Expeditions:

Oswego Expeditions
Email: info@oswegoexpeditions.com
Description: We showcase our regions historical assets and explore it’s natural resources by merging health, history and nature.


Walking Trails through the Oswego Canal Park

Guided Historical Walking Tours:

Oswego Expeditions
Email: info@oswegoexpeditions.com
Description: We showcase our regions historical assets and explore it’s natural resources by merging health, history and nature.