Genesee Valley Greenway State Park (GVGSP) hikes, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, will be included here.  A complete list of their hikes and related events may be found at the following link:  http://nysparks.com/events/event-results.aspx?ft=50&lct=1&pk=189

GVGSP is again offering the two-year Historic Interpretive Hike Series.  Each hike will incorporate the history of the town in which it is located.  The guide will also point out historic canal and railroad features and interesting natural features along the way.  Hikes will be held on the second Saturday of each month, April through October, will begin at 10 am and will last approximately 2 hours, depending on the length of the hike.  In general, the GVG is an easy flat trail with a mixed surface of grass, cinders and stone dust.  Sections near Rochester and Cuba have paved surfaces.

The individual hikes are listed below and are part of the 14 hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program.  Completion of hikes in this series makes the trail user eligible for Wegmans grocery coupons and/or a NYS Parks Empire Passport.  See details at http://www.fogvg.org/trail_user/passport_program.php

Watch for additions to this schedule

The Southern Tier Hikers will have weekly hikes: check the FOGVG FB page (https://www.facebook.com/FOGVG/) for date, time and place.

_______________________________________________

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 AM, Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Hike #1: – City of Rochester – Genesee Valley Park to Scottsville Rd. (Rt 383), Take Scottsville Rd and turn east onto Elmwood Ave. Less than .25 mile on the right is the entrance to Genesee Valley Park. (43.122845, -77.636344) Park and meet at the trail map located in front of the Genesee Waterways Center.  4.6 miles (round trip); 1.2 miles to trail marker and back.  Easy, paved trail that follows the beautiful Genesee River. Cross the Erie Canal, pass under I390, and traverse through a mixed forest area and well-maintained commercial park.  Sponsored by GVG State Park. Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.net or  (585) 493-3614

Saturday, May 4, I Love My Park Day (ILMPD)– This year there are three work sites for the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park.  Volunteers are needed for the Greenway in Scottsville, in Mt. Morris, and at the Oakland Canal Locks.

                   Volunteers will receive ILMPD T-shirts. We encourage participants to Registerfor one of these work sites by using the special I Love My Park site at http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/since this avoids the need to complete Volunteer Service and Photo Release forms at the work site on May 4.  If you have questions or potential group registrations, please email fogvg@frontiernet.net or call Joan Schumaker at 585-490-3302. If necessary, volunteers may also register by using this contact information.

1) Scottsville:In coordination with events led by the Village of Scottsville, there will be a general cleaning of the Genesee Valley Greenway in the village from 9:30 am to noon. Meet at the parking lot in Canawaugus Park, Scottsville (43.018276, -77.747667) to check-in, pick up a T-shirt (while supplies last) and a heavy-duty garbage bag. Then pick a section of trail. Scottsville-West Henrietta Rd (Rt 253) is almost a full mile north, while Quaker Rd (Rt 251) is almost a full mile south. Don’t forget the boardwalk and the bridge! We are asking volunteers to pick up litter, rake, and remove the small sticks that litter the trail in spring. Volunteers should bring water, gloves, rakes and insect repellant. Snacks will be available.

       2) Mount Morris: In coordination with events led by local municipalities and organizations, there will be a general cleaning of the Genesee Valley Greenway in the Village of Mt. Morris from 9:30am to noon. Meet at the parking lot on East State St. (Rt 408) to check-in (42.726340, -77.872477), pick up a T-shirt (while supplies last) and a heavy-duty garbage bag. Then choose a section of trail between the parking lot near the RG&E building by the bridge over the Genesee River, and the Connor Avenue area. We are asking volunteers to pick up litter, rake, and remove the small sticks that litter the trail in spring. Volunteers should bring water, gloves, rakes and insect repellant. Snacks will be available.

       3) Oakland:  Help us uncover history as we tackle the flight of Genesee Valley Canal locks from 9:30 am to noon. Meet by the small parking lot on Oakland Road off Rt 436 (42.578161, -77.971220) Be prepared to park along the sides of Rt. 436 or Oakland Road, please use caution. Volunteers should bring water, gloves, rakes, pruning shears/brush cutters, insect repellant, wear good fitting shoes (work boot type recommended, no sandals) and protective clothing to guard against possible damaging brush, poison ivy, and ticks. Snacks will be available and lunch will be provided at about 1 pm at the nearby Nunda Historical Society pavilion on Rt. 436, east of Oakland.

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 AM, Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Hike #3:Town of Chili, Monroe County – Turn west off Scottsville Rd (Rt 383) onto Brook Rd, parking lot is less than .25 mile on the right. (43.077376, -77.710080). Park and meet at the parking area. Hike Brook Rd to Morgan Rd, 4.3 miles (round trip) 1.75 miles to trail marker and back.  Easy, flat trail with cinder and mixed surface. Travel on the former Rochester Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad and see remnants of the Genesee Valley Canal (1840-1878) as well as the best-preserved lock (#2) on our trail. Observe rich agricultural fields and blocks of forest.  Sponsored by GVG State Park. Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.netor (585) 493-3614

Saturday, June 1, National Trails Day Celebration Watch for details

 Saturday, June 8, 10 AM, Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Hike #5:Town of York, Livingston Co.– The trail runs across Route 20 to the east of River/Batzing Roads and west of where Routes 5 & 20 merge near the Village of Avon. Park at the GVG Parking Area. (42.917272, -77.784453) Hike Rt. 20 south to Fowlerville Rd. 6.5 miles (round trip)  4.8 miles to trail marker and back.  Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. See remnants of canal Lock #5 and enjoy vistas of the Genesee River. Hike features a nice mix of forest and pastoral landscapes and crosses three Genesee River tributaries.  Sponsored by GVG State Park  Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.net or  (585) 493-3614

Monday, June 10, 10M, GVG Meeting at Humphrey Nature Center, Letchworth State Park

Saturday, July 6, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Canal Walk:  Meet at the Nunda Historical Society, 24 Portage Street in Nunda. Join members of the Historical Society as we follow the route of the old Genesee Valley Canal through the Village of Nunda and beyond.  Using old maps, we will identify locations of the locks and bridges that once were common sights to residents and travelers alike.  An easy walk.  Leaders: Joan Schumaker and Tom Cook. Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.net or (585) 490 -3302

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 AM, Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Hike #7: Town of Leicester, Livingston Co. (Cuylerville to Piffard)  Take Route 20A west of the Village of Leicester or east from Geneseo. Park and meet at the trailhead parking lot located on the north side of 20A in the Hamlet of Cuylerville.  (42.777354, -77.870262). Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. Enjoy scenic vistas of the Genesee River, see several ponds and pastoral landscapes along the way. Starting at Mile 30 to Mile 27 (traveling NORTH); 7.5 miles (round trip) 3.5 miles to Wegmans marker and back. See description at beginning of this Events List. Sponsored by GVG State Park Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.net or  (585) 493-3614

 Saturday, July 27, 10:00 AM, Guided Bike Ride of the Cuba Greenway Trail Section: Meet at the Bull Street Gazebo in Cuba.  Bike Helmets required.  2.6 miles round trip unless participants agree on more.  Rain date is Sunday July 28th at 2:00 PM. Leader: David Crowley   Questions:hiker44@roadrunner.com

Saturday, August 10, 10:00 AM, Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Hike #9: Pentagass Rd to Village of Nunda. This hike is in Livingston County in the Town of Nunda. Take Route 408 north from Nunda or south from Mt. Morris and turn east onto Pentagass Rd. There are two trailheads along the south side of this road, please park and meet at the spur trail location furthest east, approximately .55 mile from Route 408. (42.603290, -77.925136) Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. Offers a relaxing rural hike on the old rail bed paralleling farm fields and a golf course. Gaze upon beautiful country views and cross three small streams in the Keshequa Creek watershed. 3 miles(round trip), 1.25 miles to Wegmans marker and back.  See description at beginning of this Events List. Sponsored by GVG State Park. Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.netor (585) 493-3614

 Monday, August 12, 10:00 AM GVG Meeting, Location TBA- watch for details

 Saturday, August 24, 9:00 AM – Greenway Bicycle Ride – Meet south of Scottsville at the CanawaugusPark Parking Area for a ride on the Greenway and the Erie-Attica Trail into the Village of Avon.  After a late breakfast at the Village Restaurant on the circle, we will return on the same route to Canawaugus Park for a total of 16 miles.  Mountain or hybrid bikes recommended, helmets required. Bring water.  Leader: Ron Abraham.  Questions: 585-658-2569 or fogvg@frontiernet.net

 Sunday, Sept. 8, 2 PM – 7:30 PM, Annual FOGVG Meeting, Hike and Program:  Plan on a Greenway hike at 2 pm followed by an interesting program by Nicole Manapol, Director Letchworth Gateway Villages, a dish-to-pass dinner, an d a brief business meeting.  Everyone welcome. Location TBA. Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.net    or (585) 490 -3302

Saturday, Sept.14, 10 AM, Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Hike #11: River Rd to Route 19A. This hike is in Wyoming County, just south of the Village of Portageville. Park and meet at the trailhead on the east side of Route 19A at the intersection of River Rd, about .33 mile south of Bailey Rd (aka Whiskey Bridge) (42.554845, -78.053066).  Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. Trail parallels the Genesee River and traverses under a forest canopy, alongside farms, and ends near a picturesque bend in the Genesee River. Both the Finger Lakes Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail share part of this section of the Genesee Valley Greenway. Bald Eagles are also known to habitat this area.  3.4 miles (round trip), 1.25 m iles to Wegmans marker and back. See description at beginning of this Events List.  Sponsored by GVG State Park  Questions: fogvg@frontiernet.net  or  (585) 493-3614

Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10:00 AM, Guided Walk on the Cuba Greenway Trail: Meet at the Bull St. Gazebo in Cuba. 2.6 miles round trip unless participants want more.  Rain date of September 22 at 2:00 PM- Hike leader,Marilee Patterer.  Questions: marileepatterer@yahoo.com