Discover Cycling Route: Old Mill Town Loop

Mill ruins are the highlight of this tour, with remnants visible in the hamlet of Pyrites, a bustling paper mill town until the late 1920s.
31.30 miles, Loop
Canton, Potsdam


If you're biking clockwise out of Canton, the real hills start around the 9 mile point and continue off and on until the return to Canton. Take plenty of water as there are no services on this route. Though you can hardly tell it today, the little hamlet of Pyrites was a bustling paper mill town until the mill closed in the late 1920s. Hidden behind vegetation, the mill ruins are still visible between mile 23.6 and 23.8. Among the thriving businesses was Dominic Benedetto’s grocery store. Dominic’s young nephew, Antonio Benedetto went on to achieve fame as singer Tony Bennett.

Trail Manager

This road ride is not formally maintained by any group. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information:

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
Brooke Rouse
101 Main Street (1st Floor)
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: 1-877-228-7810
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Nearby Businesses

Trail Tips

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Respect other trail users and be courteous when passing. Limit your group’s noise.
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Trailhead Information

Parking is recommended in the lot between Court and Hodskin Streets, behind the Chamber of Commerce building. 

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