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The Utica Ravines
Utica, New York
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The Utica Ravines
northeast of Utica, NY
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The Utica Ravines are deep stream gullies northeast of Utica, north of Cosby Manor Road and the old Erie Canal, across the Mohawk River from east Utica. . The streams are Knapp Brook, Wood Creek and Budlong Creek, which flow south from the Adirondack foothills and into the Mohawk Valley.

Verplanck Colvin, Superintendent of the New York State Adirondack Land Survey, in his 1889 State Land Survey, observed large trees protected from lumbering in ravines in the vicinity of the Oneida-Herkimer county line. This is remarkable, considering their location immediately north of the Erie Canal and just outside of the City of Utica. Viturally all other forests in this path of progress have been timbered and converted to farmland.

Investigator David Knutsen believes he has determined the locations of the three ravines Colvin referred to in his report. Colvin does not mention the creeks by name, but based on the information in his report, this is David's best estimate. These areas are still wooded, or partially wooded.
Topographic Map
The Utica Ravines
Utica, NY
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The Utica Ravines
Utica, New York

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Directions to
The Utica Ravines

  • Go to ??
  • Drive east on NY ?? toward ??
  • turn east and hike 100 yards, looking for ??


  • The Earth Restoration and Reforestation Alliance www.championtrees.org updated 4/14/2003