The Ilion Gorge Run + ADD NEW ROUTE
35 in New York New York11 Miles
By Johnny S
on March 1, 2007
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Start your route in the town of Ilion, NY (which is just 10 miles southeast of Utica, NY) and head south on Rt 51 to East Winfield, NY.
This short and sweet 10 mile run is a NY route that is one of those routes that is a well kept secret and all but unkown to most NY riders - until now! Route 51 or the "Ilion Gorge" is carved in a narrow valley that winds along a small creek bed. The steep cliffs on both sides limit the amount of deer that are visible. During the fall months, the leaves are beautiful and during spring the gorge is roaring with melted snow runoff. There are numerous stops to fish, swim, whatever.
The quality of the road varies, they State keeps it up pretty well, but the extremely sharp turns (which are all banked perfectly) sometimes collect debris, so be careful around turns.
Ilion is a nice little upstate NY town. Home of Remington Arms and has plenty of amenities. The south end of the gorge is Cedarville, not much there more than a country store/diner with gas and a beer garden right at the stop sign. Perfect!
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