- The blackdiamondtrail.org website existed for about ten years before the completion of the trail in 2016. Its purpose was to support advocates in their efforts to get the trail built. Today, we maintain it only for the bits of historical info and perspective that it contains.
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It looks like this is, finally, at long last, the trail we’ve been waiting for. This spring the park people started pretty early with work that didn’t really make much impact; very important, no doubt, but it didn’t increase the … Continue reading
This is an interactive map of the trail; you can zoom in to find cross roads, etc.
Last week we heard from officialdom about how bids will be invited, contracts awarded, and work — yes, actual shovels and gravel and culverts — work will begin/resume/appear in a year. Meanwhile, the Black Diamond Trail is a resource that … Continue reading
Feb 13, 2014. Today’s Ithaca Journal reported that Finger Lakes State Parks Regional Director Fred Bonn expects new work contracted by Parks on drainage improvements (culverts) and crushed-stone surfacing to begin by early Fall: “I think we’ll have sections of … Continue reading
As many of you BDT trail-users know, although 99% of the land easements necessary to construct the Black Diamond Trail from Cass Park to Taughannock Falls State Park were procured by FL Parks several years ago, one small stretch about … Continue reading
Major flood damage from last week’s storms occurred just south of the Glenwood Heights Road entrance. GPS coordinates are N 42° 29.431 W 076° 32.436. Thanks to Tiffany and Raven for these coordinates and photos — … Continue reading
This morning’s Ithaca Journal reported that $950,000 in NYS funds will go towards improvements on the Black Diamond Trail “including drainage, surfacing, railings and signage (Taughannock Falls to Alan Treman).” IJ journalist Haley Viccaro reported: “The funding is the second … Continue reading
There is still a lot of construction activity near Cass Park — a huge culvert project seems to be winding up with big concrete pourings in place, and pieces of culvert pipe lie along the trail, presumably waiting to be … Continue reading