A Blueway Trail Development Plan for the Black River

Oneida, Lewis and Jefferson Counties, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Economic Development
  • Interpretive Planning
  • Tourism Planning
  • Trail Planning
  • Detailed Inventory


This study provides a plan to create a water-based “Blueway Trail” on northern New York’s, 114-mile Black River. The Plan combines recreation opportunities with environmental awareness to attract tourists who will invigorate the economy of distressed riverside communities. It includes an inventory of resources; a list of physical improvements such as gateways, trails, access points, signage and interpretive centers; a marketing plan and a detailed implementation strategy. The Blueway Trail Development Plan unites all 37 municipalities along the river because it protects and improves the Black River for visitors and residents alike.


Planning Excellence Award – Grassroots Initiative, WNY Section of the Upstate NY Chapter of the American Planning Association
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