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Hiking and Multi-Use Herkimer County Trails.

Some trails may be designed for multi-use, which means during the summer, they could be a combination of hiking or bicycling. Please be sure to check before you start out biking to be sure it is allowed on that particular trail.

Moss Island Trail

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Lock 17 of the Barge Canal borders Moss Island. Access is possible several ways; there is a parking area under the Wind Bridge off Route 169 as it approaches Exit 29A of the NYS Thruway. Or, you may park on the south side of Little Falls and enter via an access road that crosses the hydroelectric plant.



Varies depending on how many trails and side branches are hiked.



The trail begins near the power house for Lock 17. A trail map marks the beginning of the trail. The map in this guide is different from the map at the beginning of the trail and includes many of the informal footpaths that are unmarked.


The island is small and it is impossible to become lost. The trails wind around the island and pass the potholes and the cathedral overlook. Many people enjoy rock climbing on the canal-side of the island. Keep on the lookout for poison ivy.









Herkimer County Trails

This site guide is an introduction to the trails of one of the most scenic areas in New York State, Herkimer County.


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