Please come and enjoy hiking the hills and valleys of East Springwater. Following the hike, join us for the Springwater Trails Annual Holiday Social. Linda will cook a ham. Please bring a dish to pass and your own beverage (or contribute to the social fund). Everyone is welcome to hike and socialize with Springwater Trails, although you may have to listen to some announcements from the Executive Board of Springwater Trails Inc.
Sixty one years ago, my father purchased land on Schribner Rd and taught his six kids how to enjoy and care for the land. Our hike this Sunday will explore the private land in this area with specific focus on the impact of man and nature on the property.
Linda will lead the Climbers across the valley and up the hill to the Potato fields at the top. You will enjoy the views to the south and see the contours the farmers have followed since the 30′s. Also, take some time to see the number of stones farmers have pulled out of the fields over the years. After coming back down through the hardwood forest, there will be see the pines planted in the 30′s, the 50′s and finally in the 60′s after which we learned that the fields were disappearing and needed to be preserved for their own sake.
Mark will lead the Tourists and Naturalists around the three ponds on the property, up the stream to the old pine woods and then back through the fields to enjoy longer views. This hike may involve some bushwacking, depending on the weather, but will avoid long uphill hikes.
Please check the weather prior to the hike and dress in layers. If there is snow on the ground, snowshoes will be very beneficial.
The hike will start at the intersection of Giles and Schribner Roads. Both roads are seasonal north of the hike, so please make sure you come up Schribner Rd from Tabors Corners. Please park on Schribner Rd or near the barn if the driveway is clear. We will meet at the red ranch house behind the garage. You may bring your dish for the social into the house prior to the hike.
From Wayland: From Rt 15, head east on Rt 21 toward North Cohocton for 3 miles. Turn left on Tabors Corners Rd (Steuben Co Rd 37). After 2 miles, turn left on Schribner Rd (the second left). The driveway is on the left one mile up Schribner Rd and about 10 feet before the intersection with Giles Rd. Bear right at the intersection, turn around and park along the road. Or come into the driveway and park between the garage and the barn. Hint: In case it is getting dark when you leave, you may find it easier to back into a parking space at 2:00.
Detailed directions from other locations are available here.