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South Hill Trail in Tompkins County to be Extended

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After negotiations with NYSEG, Town Supervisors from Ithaca, Dryden, Caroline, and Danby have officially announced that a deal has been reached on extending the South Hill Recreation Way Trail. The extension will add about 8 miles to the Tompkins and Tioga County border on the former Ithaca & Owego railroad bed property, which is owned by NYSEG.


The extension will offer a direct and safe recreational commuter pathway between the southeastern part of Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca.

“While safely delivering energy is our priority, collaborating with local officials on initiatives that benefit the communities we serve is foundational to who we are as a member of those communities,” said Trish Nilsen, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “That’s why we were happy to work with the towns of Dryden, Ithaca, Caroline, and Danby to enable the South Hill Recreation Way Trail to extend on NYSEG land, promoting healthy lifestyles and recreation, and making more land available for all to enjoy.”

In a release by the Town of Ithaca, the expansion has been a work in progress for over 15 years. The town continued on saying the project will support their community goals and add to the county’s trail network.

The next step after the agreement with NYSEG is for the municipalities to consider adopting a recreational agreement with NYSEG, after a public hearing. Furthermore, the towns will pursue grant applications for an engineering study, trail design, and eventual trail construction.

“Studies consistently show that turning old rail beds into recreation and commuter trails
connect communities, promote recreation, and increase tourism. Rail trails improve the quality
of life for everyone.”

said Town of Dryden Supervisor, Jason Leifer.

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