Black Diamond Trail
We customarily meet at one of these sites:
Site #1: Kraft Road where the BDT crosses
Site #2: Jacksonville Rd near Taughannock Creek and Taughannock Falls State Park
Site #3 From Cass Park at the Children’s Garden.
This location is less desirable ( to me, at least ) due to the more industrial feel of that section of the Trail as well as its proximity to near-by residential neighborhoods.
The Black Diamond Trail is one of the newer Rail Trails in the county, with a current distance of 8.5 miles with planned extensions coming in the next few years.
Trail map here:
More history of the Trail may be found here:
It’s an enjoyable multi-use footpath shared by walkers, joggers and bicyclists.
Unlike the more rural Finger Lakes Trail footpath the Black Diamond Trail allows hikers to walk next to each other and talk.
There are some nice natural views along the way, consisting of open fields and streams that run along and under the footpath, particularly in the section between Taughannock Falls State Park and Kraft Road
Because the Trail gets so much use, hikers using it in winter should bring foot traction and poles due to the churned up and uneven frozen aspect of the trail surface during winter months.
Last edit: 12/2022 JFR