We enjoy checking out new places to explore, and after a trip to Western New York, we decided to check out a place that was supposed to be a source of natural travertine, at Ilion Gorge.
We parked where the road is marked is closed, just off the main road. Many years ago, the county closed Jerusalem Road (Co. Rd 16) because of repeated flooding and other issues. You can find this spot right where Jerusalem Hill Road meets Route 51.
There was a small spot for maybe 1-2 cars.
To the right of the “ROAD CLOSED” signs, there are some shorter guard rails that we climbed over.
While the road is very overgrown, there is definitely a path along the road.
And while there is a path, it is not maintained. We went after some rain and almost gave up after encountering some serious mud, but persevered.
Some spots were much better than others, like this stretch of clear road.
The path meanders along a stream, and as you get to an area with more substantial water, the road was washed out.
We did find some pieces of travertine after looking around the waterfall area.
We haven’t had a chance to polish our pieces yet, but it was interesting to find some naturally occurring travertine.