Chemung River Friends

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111 N Main St
, New York
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Hiking the Chemung River trails

Hiking along the Chemung River is one of the best ways to enjoy the area’s scenery, nature and history.

The river trails, levees and flatlands provide a variety of hiking opportunities on mostly flat and easy-to-walk terrain. You can hike along the river banks, through woods and meadows or high atop the grassy flood dikes offering panoramic views of the steep shale river cliffs.

You will walk over ground that was once home to Indian villages, a Civil War prison camp, tobacco fields and camps of American Revolution soldiers. Along the way you might see white-tailed deer, beavers, blue herons and bald eagles. Wooded areas of maples, oaks and pine provide cool shade. You may hear a large-mouthed bass splashing in the shallows or enjoy the colorful splashes of wildflowers dotting the river banks. The trails are great places for bird watching and nature photography.

The trail surfaces range from hard-packed soil to bark chips and grass. The trails are easy to hike and fun to mountain bike. Expect some puddles and muddy areas after rainstorms and snowmelts.
A one-hour moderate hike burns 300-400 calories and provides low-impact cardiovascular exercise. It’s a great way to relieve stress and rub shoulders with nature. An hour of mountain biking can burn 500 calories.

The Friends of the Chemung River Friends is working to build additional riverside recreation trails along former riverside railroad tracks and grassy levees. Long-term plans include connecting these trails to trails in Steuben County.

Come see what the river trails have to offer. It’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.

For more information, visit the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed website at

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