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Perryville

 

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This 6.3 mile section of the Link Trail features a stretch of trail that passes through an active cow pasture, an old quarry and travels along the old railroad bed of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. There are views and a road walk along this stretch of the trail. The North Country National Scenic Trail coincides with the Link Trail along this stretch of the trail.

This section of the Link Trail begins at Harp Road and soon crosses Cottons Road. There is a small parking area at "Cottons Crossing".  The GPS coordinates for the parking area is N43 02.439 W75 46.781. The trail heads west along the old Lehigh Valley Railroad.  The trail runs almost parallel to Cottons Road for a short while. You are following blue blazes.

You will be walking across a couple of front yards and a back yard as the trail continues to follow what is left of the old railroad bed. After 1.1 miles enter a cow pasture through a gate.  Be sure to close this gate and the other gate in 0.5 miles behind you.  Make sure your dog is on a leash for their safety.  You'll cross a driveway at 1.8 miles with an old RR Crossing sign and a nice view.

As the trail nears Quarry Road, you will notice how close the trail comes to the homes in the area.  The trail actually skirts the side yards of private property and becomes a close neighbor of the landowners.  The trail now heads toward an old quarry after crossing Quarry Road (2.4 miles).  Notice the cliffs above the trail and at 2.85 miles there is an old stone building on your left from the old railroad days.  There is also an opening that allows a great view toward Chittenango and beyond.

At 3.05 miles you pass power lines, then an old abandoned house on your right.  You are now entering an old quarry area.  There are more old buildings on your left as the trail skirts the quarry.  Remember to stay on the trail, as the quarry is PRIVATE PROPERTY.  As you walk by, it makes you wonder what this place was like back when the railroad went through and all the old machinery was working.

The trail continues on the old railroad bed of the Lehigh Valley Railroad before veering left off the railroad bed at 3.3 miles.  Although the railroad bed continues in front of you, at this time you must take this "temporary" trail connector that leads to Quarry Road near the corner of Ingalls Corners Road.  You can not see the trail from the road, but it is there.  There is some parking along the west side of Quarry Road at Ingalls Corners Road, which is reached after 3.75 miles of hiking.

Currently there is a 2.5 mile road walk to the next off road section on Freber Road.  You will be walking through the small hamlet of Perryville. This section ends at where the trail leaves the road and begins to follow the old railroad bed again off Freber Road. There is a small parking area just east of the start of the off road section. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N42 59.860 W75 49.694.

We have pictures, a video of much of this hike, a map and a detailed description of this section of the trail. This section was completed in 2007 and is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The Lehigh Valley Railroad was one of a number of railroads built in the northeastern United States primarily to haul anthracite coal.  You are walking on a section of trail rich in history.


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Old quarry along the trail

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Trail following the old Lehigh Valley Railroad bed

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Mile Elevation Trail Description (North to South)
0.0 729 feet

Cross Harp Road.  (Shoulder Parking)

0.2 741 feet

Cross Cottons Road. (Small Parking Area) 

0.9 781 feet

Cross Driveway.  Trail follows along front yards.

1.0 794 feet

Leave front yards.  Soon enter a back yard.

1.1 804 feet

Enter a cow pasture through a gate.  Be sure to close gate securely behind you!

1.6 835 feet

Leave cow pasture through gate.  Be sure to close gate behind you!

1.8 856 feet

Cross driveway.  Old RR sign.  Views.

2.4 915 feet

Trail goes close by side yards of homes.  Cross Quarry Road.  No parking here.

2.85 966 feet

Old stone building on your left.  Views on your right.

3.05 972 feet

Power Lines, old abandoned home on your right.  Entering old quarry area.

3.2 982 feet

Leaving old quarry area.

3.3 1006 feet

Trail veers left away from old railroad bed.  DO NOT CONTINUE ON OLD RR BED.

3.75 1107 feet

Trail reaches Quarry Road.  Turn right and follow road.  Some parking on west side of Quarry Rd.

4.35 1083 feet

Turn right on Perryville Road. Traveling through the small hamlet of Perryville.

5.05 1111 feet

Turn left on Irish Ridge Road.

5.75 1258 feet  Right on Freber Road.
6.3 1160 feet

Trail turns left off Freber Road. (Parking) The trail begins again along old railroad bed.

 

 

View as the trail crosses a private driveway

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