RIDE OSWEGO COUNTY
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, birdwatching and horseback riding.
Entry and start points for off road riding can be found on the ROC map look for the yellow bike icons MAP
Located off County 57 in the Town of Volney between the City of Fulton and the Village of Phoenix and feartures excellent single track riding
The Oswego County Recreation Trail is a multi-use trail that runs WEST to EAST through southern Oswego County
The Oswego Recreational Trail actually comprises two trails which are separated by on-road sections. It follows the route of the former New York, Ontario and Western Railway, which was abandoned in 1957.
The West portion is about 10 miles (16 km) from the city of Fulton's Maple Avenue to the village of Central Square, just short of Interstate 81. I-81 was built following the NYO&W abandonment and no provision was made to preserve the railroad right-of-way by creating a grade separation.
To get around I-81, you must travel on roads through Central Square. North on U.S. Route 11, east on New York State Route 49 across I-81, and south on County Route 37 which will take you back to the trail. Once back on the trail, it is 16 miles (26 km) to Cleveland and the Oneida County line. The right-of-way continues as a privately owned trail, open for some uses.
The trail has not been resurfaced except in a few eroded spots. The railroad used crushed rock ballast that remains as the surface of the trail. The trail crosses many steams on the original railroad bridges. They have been decked over with steel. Any road which crosses the trail may be used to gain access to the trail. Convenient parking is available at County Route 6, south of Fulton; on Toad Harbor Road, off Route 49, near Three Mile Bay; and in the village of Cleveland on North Street.
The Trail is pretty much flat with little elevation change for it's entire duration. The surface is everything from rough paved areas, sand, gravel and occasionally mud.
Bear in mind that the "COUNTY TRAIL" is a multi use trail that includes everything from cyclist, runners, walkers, dogs, horses, a variety of wild animals, ATV, snowmobiles etc. Please ride accordingly WE all should enjoy our time on the trail.
Cycling as with any sport involves inherent risk which could result in physical injury or death. Participation in this group and any activities associated with this group are "strictly voluntary." All Riders/Group participants assume full personal responsibility/ liability.
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