The Thompson Park Ski and Snowshoe Trails are
located at the New York State Living Museum at Thompson Park in the city
of Watertown, NY. The trails range from beginner to advanced, with six
loops encompassing approximately six miles of groomed trails. The New
York State Living Museum at Thompson Park encourages use of all the trails,
but requests that visitors avoid walking on the groomed ski tracks. Additional
maps of the trails and snowshoe rentals are available at the Little Trees
Visitor Center in the New York State Living Museum. Trails are open during
Thompson Park’s regular business hours, from sunrise to sunset.
In an emergency, dial 911 at the public phone, located on the northwest
end of the Living Museum’s parking lot, near the City pool.
Directions: Sign in at the main register at the Living Museum’s
entrance. Additional trail registration is located at the intersection
of the intermediate 1, intermediate 2, and beginner loops.
For more information call the NYS Living Museum at (315) 782-6180.
Travel Directions To Thompson Park:
From north or south on Rte. 81, take exit 45 (Arsenal Street/Rte. 3),
go east on Arsenal Street, through the public square in downtown Watertown,
continue east; Arsenal becomes State Street (Rte. 3), go approximately
10 city blocks to Park Drive (zoo entrance).
From east of Watertown, take Rte. 12 north or Rte. 3 west into Watertown
to intersection of Rte's. 3 & 12 at State Street. Go west on State
Street about six blocks to Park Drive (zoo entrance).
From Rte. 11 proceed to State Street and follow Rte. 81 directions (see
above) along State Street, or take Washington Street (Rte. 11) to Thompson
Blvd. two blocks north of Watertown Plaza. Proceed on Thompson Blvd. to
Thompson Park entrances at Franklin Street or the Park Circle.