The NCT in this area follows the old Erie Canal, which means the hiking is excruciatingly flat and not terribly interesting. I have a few more Erie Canal sections remaining before getting to the outskirts of Rome, where the NCT becomes nothing but road walks for quite some distance. Other off-road trail sections have been scouted, but are simply not developed yet. Much of the trail to the east, through the Adirondacks, is still in the planning phase.
I intend to complete the Erie Canal sections, but not go further east through Rome. I will redirect my explorations back southerly-westerly, where the NCT follows the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) through much hillier and more interesting terrain. I look forward to getting back to the less developed and more forested NCT sections. I do appreciate the historical significance of the Erie Canal, but too much of it is adjacent to roads for my tastes. Aside from the longer drives, the only drawback to the FLT sections can be access, due to seasonal roads and narrow roadside parking. I don't have a four-wheel drive vehicle and it's hard to know where plowed parking is available.
|Town of Verona park adjacent to trail|
|my turnaround point at Stacy Basin|
|mural on Town of Verona municipal building|