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3.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.33
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The Ilion Gorge Run

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Feb 28, 2007

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UpstateNY_rider
May 7, 2013
Overall a very scenic road with lots of curves. I…
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Guest
May 28, 2012
I can see where this road would have the…
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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.

Drive Enjoyment

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.

Tourism Opportunities

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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UpstateNY_rider
May 7, 2013
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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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Guest
May 28, 2012
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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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Guest
October 18, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
There is some videos of this ride on utube.
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