OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Highway Department has installed new signs to assist users of the Oswego County Recreational Trail.
The signs are posted at various points along the 26-mile trail and indicate location, dining and lodging facilities, gas stations and rules of use.
“The Oswego County Recreation Trail is open to the public and many residents have already begun exploring this scenic area,” said Legislator James M. Oldenburg, District 14, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. “These signs will help new visitors find their way and guide returning users toward smaller side trails, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all.”
The trail was created on an abandoned railroad bed and stretches from the town of Volney, through the towns of Schroeppel, Hastings, West Monroe and Constantia, to the Oswego-Oneida county line.
There is limited parking available at trailheads on County Route 6 in the town of Volney; on Toad Harbor Road, just off State Route 49 near Three Mile Bay in West Monroe; and on North Street in the village of Cleveland.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy year-round activities along the trail, such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and limited ATV use. ATVs are only permitted to use the eastern-most section of the trail between Toad Harbor Road and the Oswego-Oneida county line.
Snowmobiles, snowmobile trail groomers, Oswego County Highway Department vehicles and authorized emergency vehicles are listed as “Authorized Vehicles” along the entire trail.
Other rules of the Oswego County Recreational Trail include:
No use of firearms
No overnight camping
No open fires
No alcohol or illegal drugs
No feeding or disturbing the wildlife
No cutting or removing vegetation
All trail users are reminded that this is a carry-in, carry-out natural area and to respect and observe the rights of property owners along the route.
All New York State snowmobile rules and regulations apply to the trail and riders should not enter private property adjacent to the trail unless it is clearly marked as an official snowmobile trail.
The Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee oversees the Highway Department.
In addition to Legislator Oldenburg, the committee includes vice chairman Kevin Gardner, District 13; and legislators Daniel Chalifoux, District 19; David Holst, District 4; Linda Lockwood, District 11; John J. Martino, District 6; and Jacob Mulcahey, District 15.
For more information about the Oswego County Recreation Trail, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com