The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of the Little Sandy Creek Bridge, a 110-foot structure that extends over Little Sandy Creek in the Winona State Forest.
The newly constructed bridge, located in the town of Boylston, Oswego County, is part of the new one-mile Little Sandy Creek Trail, completed this fall in partnership with the Winona Forest Recreation Association (WFRA).
The new Little Sandy Creek Trail connects the existing Winona Way trail to the Bargy Road trail. The network continues on to the newly added Stinson Creek Trail, leading to the Raspberry Trail. The new trail segments were constructed by DEC Operations staff and volunteers from WFRA.
The 9,233-acre Winona State Forest is located in southern Jefferson County and northern Oswego County on the western edge of the Tug Hill Plateau, and includes 31.1 miles of cross-country ski trails, 8.7 miles of snowmobile trails, and 9.9 miles of forest roads.
Winona State Forest has become one of New York’s premiere destinations for outdoor recreation. Trails and forest access roads provide miles hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and snowmobiling. The forest also provides opportunities for hunters, birders, and those who simply enjoy being outdoors. Events include the Tug Hill Tourathon ski race, Tug Hill Challenge Sled Dog Race, snowshoe races, fat tire bike races, and trail running events, among others.
This project was funded with approximately $56,000 from NY Works and is part of the Adventure NY Initiative to connect New Yorkers with the outdoors.
Questions regarding this project may be directed to Regional Forester Keith Rivers by email to email@example.com, or by phone at (315) 785-2610.
Photo of Little Sandy Creek Bridge provided.