I drove over to Waterford NY - sans bike (it was overcast and snowing a bit outside) - but with snowshoes in car with plans to check out the Black Bridge Trail.
Waterford is--surprisingly--a pleasant little city (although the numerous tattoo parlors on Main Street felt a little weird). I parked at the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center which was closed.
Did You Know?
- The village of Waterford is the oldest incorporated village in the U.S., having been incorporated in 1794.
- Waterford is home to the largest annual tugboat festival in the Northeast U.S.
- The Waterford Flight series of locks is one of the steepest in the world.
The TrailThe trail was completed in 2011 and its main scenic attraction is the rehabilitation of the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad Bridge that spans the Mohawk River. The Black Bridge to Green Island was built in the 1890s and the rail line was still used into the 1960s.
The trail starts at Waterford Harbor Visitor Center but the weather was extremely crappy so I decided to drive the trail instead of hike it. Leaving the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center you drive thru a narrow bridge and enter Peebles Island.
Its a super short drive until the next narrow bridge which takes you to Van Schaick Island. There were deer on the iced-over river!
Well the crappy weather and the gray overcast made the photos look dreary and gloomy. All in all the trek was a bust... :-( I imagine the trail would be much more fun on a bike on a sunny summer day so I'll be back at some point in the warmer months.
Post "Trail Trek"
I drove across the Hudson into Lansingburgh (north Troy) and drove down south for a few blocks and found this view of the 3rd Bridge.
Curious as to the condition of the Mohawk-Hudson Rail trail, I drove to Colonie Town Park and confirmed it was NOT rideable. Snowshoes or XC skiis only...
History TidbitsThe "Black Bridge" Branch of the Delaware & Hudson railroad was built in the 1890s and the rail line was still used into the 1960s. Green Island was a major industrial hub. From railroad repair shops to Ford Motor Company's plant (manufacturing radiators and spring) the branch line was busy in its hey day.
Black Bridge Trail
Van Schaick Island
Peebles Island State Park
Cohoes, New York
Delaware and Hudson Railway