Boughton Park, located in Bloomfield, has a series of trails around two ponds which used to be the water supply for Fairport. This week, we will explore the park by land and by water. We will meet at the park entrance on Stirnie Road (42.9377340, -77.4417838).
Kayakers should arrive at 3:45 to allow time to unload boats and carry them to the dock. Mark will lead the kayakers on the West Pond. Kayakers interested in exploring the West Pond will head south to check on the pond inlet. Keep your eyes open for the rope swing on the east side of the pond. If you are willing to do a short portage, we will head across the pond to the east dock and carry our kayaks about a quarter mile to the East Pond. We will explore the east pond and then return to the first pond.
Meanwhile, Linda will lead the hikers south around the West Pond. When they reach the Pond overflow at the north end of the pond, they will cross to the East Pond and circle the second pond, returning to the start point. The trail is mostly flat, with some steep hills in the south west portion of the park. Hikers keep the trails open, though poison ivy can be seen on the sides of the trails, so pay attention!
Following the hike, we will have a picnic social at the pavilion at the Stirnie Rd parking area. Bring a dish to pass and your own beverage (park rules prohibit alcohol and any glass containers – please follow the rules).
A self-directed car pool will meet at the Hemlock Lake Park at the north end of Hemlock Lake at 3:00 to leave promptly at 3:15 for Boughton Park.
From Springwater: Follow Rt 15A North to Lima. Turn right onto Rt 5 & 20 for 7.5 miles. Turn left onto Cannan Rd. Continue across Rt 64 onto Bennett Rd. After 0.5 miles turn right onto CR 39. At 0.9 miles CR 39 curves to the right. Bear left onto Boughton Rd, then an immediate left onto Stirnie Rd. The parking area is 0.8 miles on the right.