Historic Trenton Falls hiking trails open this weekend

Published May 15, 2018 at 4:10pm

TRENTON — Trenton Falls Scenic Trails will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Parking and admission are free. They are scheduled to be open only one other weekend this year.

Besides the walking trails, there is also a handicapped-accessible overlook which gets little use but allows a view of upper high falls.

Families with handicapped members can ask at the gate and drive up to the overlook.

This is an opportunity to see the falls and learn some history while enjoying the outdoors.

Besides enjoying the trails, visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate “the significance of this site to the outcome of the Civil War,” town officials said.

More information is available by calling town offices at 315-896-2664 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

There are historic pictures on information boards. Also, a plaque commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War happenings at the falls will be on display.

In 1863, United States Secretary of State William H. Seward hosted a meeting of diplomats at the Trenton Falls Hotel to emphasize the agricultural and industrial strength of the North, and to discourage support for the South during the Civil War.

No pets are allowed.

Visitors can either head south from Barneveld or north from Mapledale on Route 12 to Route 28, take that east to the first turn and turn left, north on Trenton Falls Road.

At the end of the road there is parking with trail access next to the hydroelectric plant on the west side of West Canada Creek.

On the net: town.trenton.ny.us/content/Parks/View/4

“Brookfield Renewable Power and the Town of Trenton developed the Trenton Falls Scenic Trail to offer the public an opportunity to experience local history while enjoying splendors of nature that are rare in beauty and power,” the town’s website states.

There is a primary trail with stone dust along with secondary trails of wood mulch which allow side trips to scenic vistas along the gorge.