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. Do plan on joining other Genesee Valley Greenway State Park and Friends events such as the September 30 ribbon cutting in in Chili.
The FOGVG celebrates newly paved trail along Scottsville Road with a ribbon cutting, refreshments, a walk and a bike ride. Meet at Little Black Creek Park on Scottsville Road just north of 84 Lumber. After the ceremony and refreshments, a one mile walk will go south on the new trail and a three mile bike ride to the beginning of the Greenway in Genesee Valley Park. Those wishing to cycle further can access the Erie Canalway Trail and Genesee Riverway Trails within Genesee Valley Park.
Town of Leicester, Livingston Co. – Hike Cuylerville to Piffard, Starting at Mile 30 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, point out historic canal and railroad features, and note interesting natural features along the way. Sponsored by GVG State Park
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 miles to your destination.
At 4.9 miles, turn right, west, across NY 36 into Groveland Correctional grounds, staying strictly on the paved route marked with green on white Greenway signs. After end of old brick buildings, climb gently on dirt road. Mile 6 is the approximate end of prison property with metal gate, and entry into Sonyea State Forest. At first continue west on old dirt road past bushy thickets that once were farms and vineyards. This whole 1670 acre property owned by the state came from a “Shaker” colony and was eventually divided between the Dept. of Corrections and the State Forest. Soon come to a T-intersection; turn RIGHT on the road and descend into forest, then curve left to stay with road until a big parking area at 7.25 miles that is the pick up point. 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 email@example.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.