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North Country Trail

NY 19 to
Whiskey Bridge


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This 11.5 mile section of the North Country Trail features beautiful Wiscoy Creek and the Genesee River Valley as the NCT reaches the Genesee River on what locals call the Whiskey Bridge. The NCT coincides with the white blazed Finger Lakes Trail along this section of the trail. Much of this stretch of trail is located on PRIVATE PROPERTY and there is a section of the trail that is CLOSED for hunting. Look below for more details.

This section of trail is fairly level except for one section where the trail descends 400 feet toward NY 19A, the Genesee River Valley and the Genesee Valley Greenway. This trail is one of hundreds of greenways being developed across the nation along old canals, abandoned rail beds, and riverbanks. The Genesee Valley Greenway passes through scenic woodlands, river and stream valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, and historic villages located in sixteen towns in Monroe, Livingston, Wyoming, Allegany, and Cattaraugus counties in New York State. The North Country Trail follows the GVG for just over one mile.

This section ends as the trail crosses the Genesee River on the Whiskey Bridge. This is also the southern terminus of the Letchworth TrailThis is the closest the North Country Trail passes to Letchworth State Park.  I would recommend a trip to this wonderful state park if you are in the area.  This park is sometimes called the grand canyon of the east. Look below for a few pictures, a detailed description and a couple of maps of this section of trail.

Camp Sam Wood Lean To (picture by Kirk Doyle)

Sign at the Whiskey Bridge and Letchworth Trail JCT


Mile Elevation North Country Trail Description  (Follow white blazes)
0.0 1357 feet

The sections begins where the trail leaves NY 19 just north of County Route 3 aka Buffalo Road. Limited shoulder parking. GPS N42 29.080 W78 08.648 NOTE: Trail from here to Rice Road is CLOSED for HUNTING from Oct 1 to Dec 22.

1.1 1471 feet

Trail turns right.

1.2 1452 feet

Trail turns left.

1.4 1437 feet

Reach Rice Road and turn right, following road. Shoulder parking. GPS N42 30.054 W78 08.380

1.7 1381 feet

Right on Lapp Road

1.75 1379 feet

Left on Pond Road.

1.85 1386 feet

After crossing Wiscoy Creek on bridge, trail turns left off road. Shoulder parking. GPS N42 29.978 W78 07.915 Begin nice walk along Wiscoy Creek.

4.3 1520 feet

Entering Wyoming County.

4.65 1479 feet

Blue blazed trail on right leads to Camp Sam Wood Lean To next to pond. Outhouse. Soon register.

4.8 1465 feet

Cross Camp Road.  Shoulder parking. GPS N42 31.504 W78 07.129

5.5 1522 feet

Reach Graham Road and turn left, following road.

6.1 1453 feet

Right on Overholt Road.

6.85 1474 feet

Right on Wiscoy-Tenefly Road.

7.25 1454 feet

Left off road, following farm lane just after house. Shoulder Parking. GPS N42 31.820 W78 05.338 Watch blazes and your step in this section.

9.2 1560 feet

Highest point within this section.  Trail turns right.  Start steep descent toward NY 19A.

10.2 1190 feet

Cross NY 19A and follow farm lane.

10.3 1140 feet

Reach Genesee Valley Greenway. Turn left and follow old railroad bed.

11.0 1128 feet Reach dirt River Road near NY 19A. Shoulder parking. GPS N42 33.290 W78 03.176
11.5 1101 feet

Junction Letchworth Trail (straight). NCT turns climbs up steep bank on switchbacks built in 2006 that brings you to the Whiskey Bridge to cross the Genesee River. Parking available under bridge. GPS N42 33.513 W78 02.869 End of this section. For a continuation of the NCT see Whiskey Bridge to Dalton.

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