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The Ilion Gorge Run + ADD NEW ROUTE


30   in New York New York11 Miles

By Johnny S
on March 1, 2007

3.4out of 5

7 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

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.

Scenery

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.

Road Quality

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.

Roadside Amenities

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!

Additional Info

- Check out an online video of this route

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather.

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By UpstateNY_rider
on May 7, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Overall a very scenic road with lots of curves. I would recommend anyone in the area to pass through. The road surface is just OKAY. There are a lot of tar snakes so you'll have to decrease your pace a bit. If you ride at the speed limit you'll be fine. I also suggest riding Rt171 nearby. In better shape.

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By Guest
on May 28, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

1.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I can see where this road would have the potential to be a FANTASTIC stretch for any kind of riding. Unfortunately NYS DOT has covered all of the great stretches with slippery tar snakes. It ruined the road for us, and until it's repaved, makes those 15-20mph corners a little dicey.

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By Guest
on October 18, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

There is some videos of this ride on utube.

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By Guest
on August 1, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I don't think Joe Rocket has been on this road recently - I took the Gorge Road four days ago on a quick trip to Cooperstown. The pavement is in excellent condition and is well maintained by NYS DOT. A couple of nice tight turns, a couple of sweepers, and no issues with dirt or debris in the corners. At the end of the gorge, consider continuing south another three or four miles on ST-51 to US Highway 20. Turning east will get you to Richfield Springs, or a turn west will get you to West Winfield - Both are small farming communities with great character - amenities are readily available.

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By Guest
on July 13, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This used to be a great road. But unfortunetly that has changed, the road is now horribly maintanied and animals are everywhere. Not to mention the motorcycle deaths every year, which brings more and more cops.....

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By Guest
on November 28, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I rode this on the back of another person's bike - in probably 1993. And it stuck with me! That's how amazing this short little ride is! I can't remember the last name of the guy I rode with, or exactly when it was, but this little ride was the stuff that I have dreamt about for years. Now I am planning to take my husband up through this gorge next summer.... and maybe run into Gary if I'm lucky!

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By Guest
on May 17, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I grew up on the Ilion end of this road. It has become a favorite of mine for a short ride. You do need to watch out for dirt and rocks from the slides that happen once in a while. It is a fun road.

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