Trail Description

Chemung Canal Towpath.

Easy strolling today from Montour Falls to the end of the Catharine Valley Trail (CVT). Much of the CVT in this section follows the abandoned railroad bed and parallels both the old Chemung Canal towpath and the Catharine Creek. We'll start in the Village of Montour Falls, follow the towpath that parallels the creek, walk through woods on the elevated railroad bed, through the village of Millport, cross SR 14 on an elevated bridge, and if you need to send another postcard, you'll run into PO at the intersection of Burch Hill. There are towering tulip poplars in the woods and feathery maidenhair ferns; if we've had rain, you'll see some delicate waterfalls.

Strategically place throughout the trail are comfortable benches where you can enjoy your lunch from the Harvest Café that you picked up before you left Montour Falls. After you cross Burch Hill, the CVT parallels a major state road (Rt. 14) for a short distance but soon drops down and follows Catherine Creek. It's not as isolated as the previous portion of the trail since there are several housing developments to the east of the trail. A recent grant will allow the NYS Parks & Recreation to complete surfacing of the trail and construct a pavilion at Mark Twain State Park. The trek from Montour Falls to the hamlet of Pine Valley is @ 8 miles.

Culinary Aside:

There is a paucity of eating establishments in the hamlet of Pine Valley. Either the Hickory House or the Dandy Mart will have to do-but there is always a pizza delivery to your room if you want dining en suite! But, you might also be lucky if the volunteer fire department is having a BBQ the night you arrive. Once the trail is completed to Horseheads, you'll find more options.

Daisy Fleabanes along the Trail

Food & Lodging:

You can stop at the Rodeway Inn in Pine Valley or hike a few more miles into the larger village of Horseheads where there are various options for overnight stays. If you want a lift to the Elmira-Corning airport, call Bill's Transportation and a friendly driver will take you to your destination. If you have time to stay in the area, call Enterprise. They will drop a rental car off to you at your hotel. Then you can try all the wineries and good restaurants we missed, visit the stunning Corning Glass Museum, hike trails we missed and see gorges galore.