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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.