The New York State Canal Corporation's Black River Feeder Canal has been added to National Network.


The 10 mile Black River Feeder Canal Trail from Booneville to Forestport has been added to the Federally Funded National Trail Network. I very often bike, hike or run on the trail . They redid the  trail from Boonville to Forestport. They 1) Smoothed out the trail and resurface it. They also 2) Put up barriers where the trail crosses a road to prevent ATVs, trucks, cars and motor bikes from using the trails. They done with the  resurfacing. The barriers have been completed. Previously the trail was severely rutted from motorized vehicles. When it rained there were large pools of water on the trail. This is a tremendous improvement that will benefit runners, bikers and hikers.

Covered Bridge built in Boonville at the start of the trail.

Start of trail to Forestport in Boonville.

These photo were taken in October about 3 Miles south of Boonville. The canal is resurfaced from here to Boonville.
Great for running, biking or hiking. You will enjoy the esthetics of running, biking or walking in a remote area. This area is a nostalgic trip back to the logging days of Boonville and the Black River Canal. The run, bike or hike takes you along the Black River Feeder Canal from Boonville to Forestport. The Black River Feeder Canal flows from Forestport to Boonville. The tow path follows the entire route.

This sign is located on each barrier.

Two barriers are installed on both sides where the path crosses a road.

Black River Canal Towpath near Forestport is not resurfaced yet.




The route is lovely and remote, with a deep hemlock forest covering the steep slopes above the canal and down to the Black River.  Be prepared to pass large lily ponds and see ducks, herons and kingfishers along the way. The entire trip is very peaceful and quiet. Nothing is heard but the sounds of the birds and the wind in the treetops.

Pond Lilies thrive all along the canal.


Black River below dam at Forestport

The feeder canal wind up in Forestport where you can observe the Kayuta Lake Dam and the water rushing through the giant rock formations below the dam.