Black River Trail Itinerary

Along the western edge of the Adirondack wilderness, experience adventure and unlimited outdoor recreation on land and water.

Experience the Beauty of the Adirondack Wilderness

Designated New York State Scenic Byway

The Black River Trail parallels the western edge of the Adirondack Wilderness, and provides travelers extended views of scenic, soothing, rolling hills and pasture lands, interspersed with friendly towns offering a wide variety of agricultural products. In the southern portion, visitors can gaze at the not-so-distant windmills on the Tug Hill Plateau's Maple Ridge Wind Farm, providing some of the earliest natural wind power in the country. The northern terminus in Ogdensburg provides access to the St. Lawrence River, connecting to the famous Seaway Trail, a nationally recognized Scenic Byway.

  • Counties: Lewis, St. Lawrence ( Lyons Falls, Lowville, Croghan, Harrisville, Gouverneur, Heuvelton, Ogdensburg)
  • New York State Routes 12, 812
  • Learn about the history and evolution of the North American maple syrup industry at the American Maple Museum in Croghan, and discover the life and art of one of America's best known sculptors, Frederic Remington, at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg.
  • Explore the gently flowing Black River by canoe or kayak, get a map of the many ATV trails in Lewis County, and take a boat ride to Dark Island, home to Singer Castle, on the St. Lawrence River off of Ogdensburg.
  • Harvest the many agricultural products by stopping at the numerous farm stands along the route. The area is home to a number of Amish farm families who are more than willing to share their fall harvest. Regional specialties include Croghan Bologna, and Heritage Cheese in Heuvelton.


  • Steak & Brew and Towpath Inn
  • The Lighthouse and Jeb's
  • Gentry's Clam Cove
  • The Place and Phoenix on the Bay
  • The Bedrock CafĂ©

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Suggested Itinerary:

Day one: Venture off of Route 12 up the Tug Hill Plateau to see one of the windmills up-close, take your ATV for a ride on one of Lewis County's many designated trails, or take a relaxing paddle on the Black River. Overnight near Lowville.

Day two: Make your way up to Ogdensburg for a tour of Singer Castle and a visit to the Frederick Remington Art Museum. There are some great birding opportunities, so keep a sharp lookout. Be sure to stop at the River Myst Winery to sample the local flavors. Overnight in Ogdensburg.

Day three: Head east on Route 68 to Canton, then Route 11 to Potsdam, two very active college towns. Take advantage of the many cultural attractions including the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam, the Roland Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam, the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University, and some fabulous dining experiences in both communities.

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