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
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Saturday, March 31, 11:00 am – Greenway Egg Hunt at 11:30 am (as part of Town of Wheatland Recreation and American Legion Smith-Warren Post Children’s Easter Party): Meet at the Veteran’s Park behind the American Legion, 61 Main St., Scottsville, NY. Some eggs result in special prizes for the children who find them. Adults are encouraged to guess the number of jelly beans in our jar to win a 2018 Empire Passport for free entrance to any NYS Park or Historic Site. Activities planned for after the Egg Hunt, include “The Magic Guy” Show, Plush Animal Raffle, and Free Refreshments for lunch.
Saturday, April 14, 10 AM, Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Wegmans Hike #8 – Mt. Morris to the Genesee River. Park and meet in the Greenway parking lot located on the south side of Route 408 just east of the Rt. 36 / Rt. 408 intersection. Easy, gently rolling trail with a mixed surface. 2.2 miles round trip. See description at beginning of this Events List. Leader: Doug Bassett Sponsored by NYS Parks (42.726340, -77.872477) Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 493-3600
Saturday, April 28, 10 AM, Greenway Meeting at Humphrey Nature Center – Please join us
Saturday, May 5, 10 AM – 1 PM, I Love My Park Day – The GVG is a NYS Park and volunteers will gather to do trail work on the Greenway at Little Black Creek Park, 1503 Scottsville Rd. (Rt. 383), Chili, NY – just north of 84 Lumber. Projects: Trim brush and rake area, remove tires and other trash, control invasive species along trail by spreading carpeting, and perhaps plant trees. Building a kiosk will depend upon funding being available and there are volunteers with carpentry skills. Bring water, gloves loppers, rakes, shovels, handsaws, and perhaps carpentry tools. Wheel barrows also helpful. Snacks will be provided. In order to avoid on site paperwork, we encourage participants to Register by using the special I Love My Park site at http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/ Registrations or questions contact: email@example.com; or call 585-490-3302
Mondays, 5 PM Southern Tier Hiking begins in late May (no hike on May 28th)_ Some hikes will be on the Greenway, but other hikes will be in other locations around the southern tier. Consult the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway Facebook page and www.fogvg.org for details
Thursday, May 10, 10 AM -1PM – United Way of Greater Rochester – Day of Caring – Cleaning Oakland Canal Locks: We hope to have a team volunteer to trim brush from around the locks and clear growth from lock walls. Parks staff will help remove the resulting debris. Bring hand tools (pruners, loppers, grass whips, small handsaws), work gloves, and water. Snacks and lunch will be provided. This event requires from 10 to 25 volunteers. Registration is through the UWGR website at http://www.uwrochester.org
Saturday, May 12, 10 AM Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Wegmans Hike #9:- Pentagass Road to the Village of Nunda This hike is located in Livingston County in the town of Nunda. Take Route 408 south from Mt. Morris and turn east on Pentagass Road. There are two trailheads along the south side of this road. Park and meet at the spur trail location furthest east, approximately .55 mile from Route 408. See description at beginning of this Events List. (3 miles round trip) (42.603290, -77.925136) Sponsored by NYS Parks Leader: Leader: Michael Landowski Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 493-3600
Sunday, May 20, 1 PM, Bike the Greenway from Brookdale Preserve to Wadsworth Junction – Meet at the Greenway Parking Area north of Brook Road, adjacent to Brookdale Preserve and about 1000 ft. west of Rt. 383. (N43 04.577 W77 42.550). Ride south to Lehigh Trail intersection and back – (15 miles roundtrip) Folks wanting to ride less can turn around anytime. Pit stop options can be found in Scottsville. Mountain bike or hybrid bike recommended, helmets required. Bring water. Ride Leader: Will Haines Questions: email@example.com or (585) 490-3302
Wednesday, May 30, 10 AM, Bike Along Erie Canal to Downtown Rochester Meet at the Edgewood Ave Lock parking lot to bike to downtown Rochester and back, 13 – 15 miles round trip with flat terrain. Bike helmet required. Bring water bottle, snack and dress appropriately for the weather. If the weather is inclement [rain or thunderstorms] the bike ride will be cancelled. Questions: Contact Ride Leader Coleridge Gill at 585-442-8634
Saturday, June 2, National Trails Day – Note: EVENT CHANGED from original post – Volunteers for the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park will gather from 9 am to noon at Little Black Creek Park, just north of 84 Lumber, in Chili on Scottsville Road (Rt. 383) to help pick up debris, work on invasive species, trim brush, and rake the area. Bring water, gloves, hand tools (rakes, loppers, hand clippers, shovels). Snacks will be provided. Park atThe River’s Edge, 31 Paul Rd @ Scottsville Road and walk down the Greenway trail to LBC Park. To register your attendance send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and NTD in subject line. Questions: email email@example.com or call (585) 490-3302.
Saturday, June 9, Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Wegmans Hike #10: Oakland Road to Short Tract Road – This hike is in Livingston County and starts in the Hamlet of Oakland. Park and meet at the parking area on the west side of Oakland Rd just north of Route 436. See description at beginning of this Events List. Wooded walk offers views of Locks #54 – #59 and is also the beginning of the “Deep Cut.” 2 miles round trip (42.578161, -77.971220. Sponsored by NYS Parks Leader: Karen Lufkin Russell Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 493-3600
Saturday, June 23, Bike the Greenway from Avon Area North – Save the date and watch for starting place, time, and route. Total distance will be at least 16 miles. Mountain or hybrid bikes recommended, helmets required. Bring water. Leader: Shelly Jackson. Questions: email@example.com or (585) 493-3600
Saturday, June 23, 10 AM, Greenway Meeting at Humphrey Nature Center, Letchworth State Park – Please join us
Saturday, July 14, 10 AM – Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Wegmans 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). See description at beginning of this Events List. Traverses under a forest canopy, alongside farms and ends near a picturesque bend in the Genesee River. 2.4 miles round trip (42.554845, -78.053066)
Saturday, July 28, 9:00 AM – Greenway Bicycle Ride – Meet south of Scottsville at the Canawaugus Park Parking Area for a ride on the Greenway and the new 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. Ride leader: Ron Abraham. Questions: 585-490-3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 31, 7 PM – Public Hearing on Greenway Improvements for Monroe County – Meet at Wheatland Town Hall, 22 Main Street, Scottsville, to learn about State Park’s application for Federal grant funds to improve the GVG from Ballantyne Road to Scottsville and provide feedback on the proposed project.
Saturday, August 11, 10 AM. Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Wegmans Hike #12 – Rockville Dam to Huck Rd. This hike is located in Allegany County in the Town of Belfast. Park and meet at the Rockville Lake dam at the end of Lake Rd. There are two Lake Roads, turn on the one across from Ramsey Rd off Route 305. Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. Offers a relaxing hike through a heavily wooded area with wild flowers, a babbling brook, old Irish cemetery and remnants of the old canal. 2.1 miles round trip (42.307877, -78.150362)
Wednesday, August 15, 10 am – 3 pm: Help for the Greenway– Volunteers for the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park will gather at Little Black Creek Park, just north of 84 Lumber, in Chili at 1503 Scottsville Road (Rt. 383), to help pick up debris, trim brush, and rake the area. Bring water, gloves, hand tools (rakes, loppers, clippers). Snacks and lunch will be provided. Park atThe River’s Edge, 31 Paul Rd @ Scottsville Road and walk down the Greenway trail to LBC Park. To register your attendance send an email to email@example.com Aug. 15 and your name in the subject line. Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (585) 490-3302.
Saturday, August 25, 10 AM, Greenway Meeting – at Houghton College, Lennox Dining Room on the second floor of the Reinhold Campus Center. That room is at the top of the stairs in the dining room on the Quad side of the building. The Campus Center is on Genesee St, the street you take to enter the college campus from Rt. 19. The Inn at Houghton Creek is near this entrance. Stay on Genesee St. as it bears to the right, pass Willard Ave and then the Campus center is ahead on the left with a parking lot on the other side of the street.
Saturday, September 8, 10 AM – Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Wegmans Hike #13 – Route 305 to Tibbetts Hill Rd. This hike is located in Allegany County in the Towns of Belfast and New Hudson. Park and meet at the parking lot on the south side of Route 305 between Baragon Hill Rd and Gleason Hill Rd. Easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. This section is heavily wooded and traverses through forested wetlands offering numerous opportunities to view wildlife. 4.2 miles to trail marker and back (42.302822, -78.163094)
Saturday, October 13, 10 AM – Historic Interpretive Hike Series – Wegmans Hike #14 – Bull St. to West Cuba Rd. This hike is located in Allegany County in the Village of Cuba. Park and meet on the west side of Bull St near the gazebo adjacent to the funeral home. Easy, flat trail with a milled surface. Relaxing trail parallels Griffin and Olean Creeks offering views of abundant wildlife. 2.7 miles round trip (42.216592, -78.283329)
Saturday, October 27, 10 AM – Greenway Meeting at Palmer Opera House, 12 W. Main St., Cuba, NY
Sunday, Nov. 18 – FOGVG Events: Hike, Bike, Program, Dinner & Annual Meeting in Avon: Experience hiking or biking the Erie-Attica Trail and Greenway. At 2 pm meet at the Erie-Attica Trail Parking Area,west of the village on Farmer’s Road, north of Rt. 20 and east of the Genesee River. Hikers and cyclists will travel the Erie-Attica Trail for about a mile and then go north or south on the Greenway before returning to the parking area by 3:30 pm.
The program, dish-to-pass dinner, and FOGVG meeting take place at theUnited Presbyterian Church, 133 Genesee Street in Avon. Refrigeration and ovens are available. Parking in back of the church is accessible on South Avenue from Main Street or several houses south down Genesee Street. The south entrance to the church from the parking area takes you to the dining room.
At 4 pm, popular local historian Tom Cook will present: Rambles Through History – Exploring the past. along the GVG in the Town of Portage Hiking along the Greenway not only takes you through nature, it is also a journey through time. Tom’s program will explore the fascinating history of the lands along the Genesee Valley Greenway in the town of Portage from the days of the Seneca Indians to the early 20th century. Included will be stories of early pioneers, canal and railroad days, local disasters, noted residents, a Civil War training camp, the Portage Falls, and more.
Dinner will follow at about 5:30 pm. Please bring your own table service and food to share. A brief Annual Meeting will take place at about 6:30 pm and include annual reports and election of FOGVG Directors. Everyone is welcome – come to hike or bike or attend the program and stay for dinner.
Friday, November 23, 10 AM – Visit Town of Portage Historic Sites with annual meeting presenter Tom Cook as our guide to the past. Watch for additional details concerning meeting .location and sites to be visited.
Saturday, December 8, 10 AM – Greenway Meeting at the Humphrey Nature Center, Letchworth State Park