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3.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.33
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Feb 28, 2007

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November 27, 2009
I rode this on the back of another person's bike…
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May 17, 2008
I grew up on the Ilion end of this road. It has…
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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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Guest
November 27, 2009
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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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Guest
May 17, 2008
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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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EXMX
April 18, 2020
14 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
This is am excellent technical twisty road
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