North Country explorer from Edwards NY
The Edwards nature trail was donated to the town of Edwards, by the Iroquois natural gas line. It runs on the old New York central railroad bed. The train ran from 1893 until the late 1970s. Interestingly enough,in the distance, the sound of the train whistle running through Richville and Bigelow could be heard today. The trail runs about 1.75 miles southwest to the Talcville road. At about the 1/2 mile mark you cross the main branch of the Oswegatchie river on the old railroad trestle. As you continue along you will see the old whistle stop on your left (around the .65 mile mark) and at around the 1 mile point, you can see the 765KV power line on your right, along with a corn field food plot planted for wildlife. Obviously it makes an impact on local wildlife, judging by the deer tracks and other wildlife signs. There were plenty of song birds, mourning doves, and even a quick look at a beautiful cock ringneck pheasant (too quick for a photo unfortunately). When you get to the Talcville road, turning right will take you to the ruins of the old Reynolds mine on top of Newton hill. This was an independently owned talc mine that started in the mid 1950s, and closed due to some "romantic indiscretions" .* From the road you can see the sealed up shaft entrance, and the crumbling processing buildings.
Round trip back to the trailhead, including the side junket to the old mines, is about 3.25 miles. Thanks to the Edwards history and genealogy center for some of the background information. For more information on the Reynolds mine and other Talcville history, please visit the link below.