The Black River Trail travels 111 miles from Rome to Ogdensburg near the Canadian Border, riding around deep gorges, majestic river valleys, and the Tug Hill Plateau.
Begin on Route 46 in Rome, where, in 1817, the first shovel of dirt was turned for the engineering marvel known as the Erie Canal. Rome's Fort Stanwix, laid siege to by the British during the Revolutionary War, and is the first of many historic sites you'll encounter on the Black River Trail. A few miles north of Rome, stop and feed the fish at the Delta Fish Hatchery. Nearby, visit the Delta Dam, which controls water flow from Delta Lake. When the water level is low, look for the rooftops of Delta City, which according to legend was flooded over by the lake many years ago.
Continue along Route 46, to "The Gorge," where the road cuts through the rock, winding around dramatic natural formations.
Stop at Pixley Falls State Park to explore the Five Combine Locks of the Black River Canal, once part of the feeder canal system for the Erie Canal. As you near the end of the gorge, the canal towpath crosses the road, just south of Booneville.
In Booneville, visit the Dodge-Pratt-Northam Art Institute, the historic Hulbert House, and a dining establishment famous since 1812. Continue on Route 12 to remain on the Black River Trail toward the Village of Carthage, once a bustling port, shipping and receiving all manner of freight. Route 12 runs parallel to the Black River to Lowville and Lyons Falls. Tour Gould Mansion, a mile from the Black River Trail, this Richardson Romanesque structure was built at the turn of the century for G.H.P. Gould, founder of the Gould Paper Company. The mansion, which features vintage furnishings and architectural design, is open May to mid-October.
Continuing north on Route 12 will bring you to Constableville, home of the Constable Hall.