Saturday, July 8, 10 am, GVGSP Historic Interpretive Hike Series (Wegmans Passport Hike #4) in Wheatland

This hike is located just south of the Village of Scottsville. Take River Road South from the Village, or north from Route 20. Turn east onto Quaker Road (Rt. 251). The trailhead is approximately 1⁄4 mile ahead (N43 00.316 W77 44.429). Meet at the trailhead.

Hike 3.1 miles on easy, flat trail with a mixed surface to Wadsworth Junction where abutments for the Lehigh Valley Black Diamond Railroad trestle carried trains over the Pennsylvania tracks and on top of the bridge across the Genesee River. The guide will provide history of the Town of Wheatland and also point out historic canal and railroad features and interesting natural features along the way.

This hike is one of 14 hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. Completion of hikes in this series makes the trail user eligible for Wegmans grocery coupons or a NYS Parks Empire Passport. Passports will be available at the time of the hike and there will be an opportunity to complete the rubbing for this hike.  Questions: fogvg@frontier.com or (585) 493-3600

Friday, July 28, 10 am – 1 pm:  GVGSP Work Session at Little Black Creek Park in Chili

Volunteers will meet at Little Black Creek Park (1503 Scottsville Rd. Rt. 383), Chili, NY, just north of 84 Lumber, to help pick up debris, remove tires, trim brush, rake the area and remove invasive species. Bring water, gloves, hand tools  (rakes, loppers, hand clippers, shovels).  Snacks will be provided by the FOGVG.  Please plan to help us clean up this park.

Here is an update for our July 28 event.  The paving of the Greenway along Scottsville Road has left sections where grass is not growing well and we will be raking these places, planting new grass seed, and spreading straw.  This will be the primary activity for this work session.  If time and the number of volunteers permit, we will be cutting knotweed (sometimes called the Godzilla plant) and covering the area with tarps in an attempt to kill or at least slow the growth of this invasive plant.  Questions: fogvg@frontier.com or (585) 493-3600

Sunday, July 30, 2 PM, Greenway & Canal History Hike at Genesee Valley Canal Locks in Oakland

Meet at the Oakland Road Parking Area off of Rt. 436 in the Hamlet of Oakland (GPS: N42 34.825 W77 57.121) Hike from Oakland Road, west along the canal locks and Deep Cut to Short Tract Road, 2 miles round trip. Leader, Joan Schumaker, Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.net or 585-476-2354

Saturday, August 12, 10 am, Historic Interpretive Hike Series (Wegmans Passport Hike #5):
 Fowlerville Road to Lock #5, Town of York, Livingston County 

This hike is located in the Town of York. Park on the south side of Fowlerville Road.  Meet at the parking area (GPS: N42 53.505 N77 49.419). (2.7 miles) Starting at mile 21, hike to just past mile 20 on easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. The guide will provide history of the Town of York and also point out historic canal and railroad features, including stone remaining from the Genesee Valley Canal Lock #5, and interesting natural features along the way.

This hike is one of 14 hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. Completion of hikes in this series makes the trail user eligible for Wegmans grocery coupons or a NYS Parks Empire Passport. Passports will be available at the time of the hike and there will be an opportunity to complete the rubbing for this hike.  Questions: fogvg@frontier.com or (585) 493-3600

Saturday, September 2, 10 am, Guided Canal Walk – Oakland Locks

Meet at junction of Oakland Road and Rt. 436 in the hamlet of Oakland (GPS: N42 34.825 W77 57.121) to walk along the historic Genesee Valley Canal Locks. 2 miles, 2 hrs. Sponsored by NYS Parks, Leader: Steph Spittal, Info: (585) 493-3625

Saturday, September 9, 10 am, Historic Interpretive Hike Series (Wegmans Passport Hike #6) York Landing to Fowlerville Road, York, Livingston County.

Note – this hike may be changed because of a recent washout on the trail north of York Landing.  Check back for for details.

Monday, September 25, 5 pm,  Southern Tier Greenway Hikers: Rockville Lake Dam to Huck Road

Rockville Lake Dam is at Greenway mile 79, (N42 18.468 W78 09.021)  From Belfast – Traveling on Route 305 South, go past the intersection of Lake Rd/Little John Rd that crosses Route 305. Turn right on the 2nd Lake Rd. which is directly across from Ramsey Road. Follow it to the Rockville Lake dam at the end of dirt road (formerly Havens Road) Park there.

We will cross Havens Road to the trailhead and travel north along the trail. This hike has a babbling brook running along the first section of trail. We will cross a footbridge and further along on the left is the Old Irish Cemetery.  Remnants of the old canal are on the right. In season, there are wild flowers to enjoy.

This is the last hike for the year for the Southern Tier Greenway Hikers so don’t miss it

Saturday, September 30, 11 am:  Trail Dedication in Chili On Bike Your Park Day

PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN THE THE FRIENDS OF THE GENESEE VALLEY GREENWAY ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH AT 11:00 AM AT THE LITTLE BLACK CREEK POCKET PARK FOR A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY OPENING A NEW SECTION OF THE GREENWAY ON SCOTTSVILLE ROAD IN CHILI

New Genesee Valley Greenway trail will be officially opened on Saturday, September 30 with a ribbon cutting to be held at 11:00 a.m. at Little Black Creek Park, Scottsville Road, Chili. The newly paved trail extends from north of Little Black Creek Park south to the CSX Railroad track and results in three continuous miles of paved Greenway trail extending from Genesee Valley Park to the rail crossing.

A guided bike ride and walk will follow the 11 a.m. ceremony. The one-mile walk will include the new trail section, located alongside Scottsville Road. On a three-mile bike ride, participants will experience the new section of trail as well as the existing paved trail that follows the Genesee River to Genesee Valley Park. Those wishing to cycle further can access the Erie Canalway Trail and Genesee Riverway Trails within Genesee Valley Park.

The newly-opened section of trail closes a long-standing gap in the 90-mile Genesee Valley Greenway State Park. Before the trail section was completed, trail users were required to use the shoulder of Scottsville Road. Trail officials applied for federal transportation funds in 2016 to close Chili’s remaining gap in the trail between the CSX tracks and Ballantyne Road, but unfortunately this request was not funded. Off road, Greenway trail begins nearby at the historic stone, double-arched c. 1840 canal-era culvert and extends south to Scottsville and on into Livingston County.

The ribbon cutting event is being held as part of two national celebrations held each year on the last Saturday of September to highlight the importance and benefits of parks and other public lands, Adventure Cycling Association’s Bike Your Park Day and the National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) National Public Lands Day. Bike Your Park Day is designed to encourage persons to explore their parks and public lands by bicycle. Almost 900 biking events have been organized in parks throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, Europe, and even Pakistan. Adventure Cycling Association is a nonprofit bicycling organization. National Public Lands Day is organized by NEEF, a national nonprofit environmental organization, to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health.

Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is a 90-mile multi-use trail that follows the historic route of the Genesee Valley Canal (1840-1878) and Pennsylvania Railroad, Rochester Branch (1882-1963). It passes through scenic woodlands, river and stream valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, and historic villages,  extending through four counties and 16 towns from its intersection with the Erie Canalway Trail and Genesee Riverway Trail in Genesee Valley Park to the Village of Cuba in Allegany County. Presently, more than 60 miles of trail are open to the public for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and, in some locations, snowmobiling.

For more information on the ribbon cutting and Genesee Valley Greenway State Park visit the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway website,www.fogvg.org, or call 658-2569

Saturday, October 14, 10 am: Historic Interpretive Hike Series (Wegmans Hike #7: Cuylerville to Piffard, Leicester & York, Livingston County

Take Route 20A west of the Village of Leicester or east from Geneseo. The trailhead parking lot lies on the north side of Route 20A in Cuylerville (GPS: N42.624 W77 52.220).  Meet at the parking area. Hike on easy, flat surface to mile 27 (traveling north) 7.5 miles round trip (3.5 miles to trail marker and back).  The guide will provide history of the Town of Leicester and also point out historic canal and railroad features, including  and interesting natural features along the way.  These include a Historic Inn, the history of early Seneca villages, and a large pond popular with bird watchers.

This hike is one of 14 hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. Completion of hikes in this series makes the trail user eligible for Wegmans grocery coupons or a NYS Parks Empire Passport. Passports will be available at the time of the hike and there will be an opportunity to complete the rubbing for this hike.  Questions: fogvg@frontier.com or (585) 493-3600

Sunday, Nov. 12 (Note change in date from Nov. 5) – FOGVG Trail Event, Program, Dinner & Annual Meeting in Mt. Morris:

Experience hiking or biking the Greenway in Mt. Morris and on the newly opened Sonyea section.

Travel 7.25 mi. by starting at the Pocket Park at the Greenway Bridge over the Genesee River or reduce length by starting at one of the new Greenway Parking areas in Mt. Morris. On the way to Sonyea, parking at the last legal place to park along the Greenway (on edge of Rt. 36 north of Swanson Road) results in about 3.6 mi.to the pick up point, a large parking area in the Sonyea Forest. For a ride back to your cars, you need to plan your hike or ride to arrive at this destination by 3:30 pm.

There is also a 4 mi. option for an “out and back walk” of new Greenway route within the Correctional Facility and Sonyea State Forest, with potential for optional side foray into the Keshequa Creek valley where the original canal and railroad used to run. Meet at the VFW parking area behind their building at 3 Elm St. in downtown Mt. Morris, in the first block off Main Street going south. This group will caravan to the State Forest and provide rides back to Mt. Morris for the long distance hikers at 3:30 pm.

All participants in the above options should bring water and any food they will need. Hikers going all the way to the end and those electing the “out and back” option also need to register with Irene Szabo to assure that we know how many hikers need rides and that we have enough vehicles at the destination point. To register with Irene, email treeweenie@aol.com, or call at 585/658-4321

The program, dish-to-pass dinner, and FOGVG meeting take place at the VFW building at 3 Elm Street. Refrigeration and ovens are available. At 4:30 pm, Pat Coate from Allegany, NY will present a most interesting program on “Hiking the Appalachian Trail.” Dinner will follow at about 5:30 pm. Please bring your own table service and food to share. The brief Annual Meeting will take place after dinner.

Everyone is invited. Take part in one or more of the above events. Why not join us for all of them.  Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.net or call 585-490-3302