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GCV Nature Sunday Experience

PLEASE NOTE START TIME of 1:30. Since the Museum closes at 4:00, we are going to start earlier to allow time to fully enjoy the grounds without rushing.

Genesee Country Museum is the Largest Living History Museum in New York State.  This Sunday’s hike we will be exploring the Nature area of the Museum.  We will be hiking the Perimeter Trail and the Geology Trail which has guides to the unique geological features of the area.   There are other trails available which may be explored as time and conditions permit.  With rain in the forecast for the morning of both Saturday and Sunday, the possibility of skiing and snowshoeing seems unlikely.  However, you may check the Museum hotline for the latest trail conditions at 585-295-8262.

Walks through the village streets are available.Also available is access to the Village.  Although buildings are not open, you are welcome to walk the streets which are plowed and maintained.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person which will be covered by the Springwater Trails.  Your membership to the group allows us to cover this cost.  Thank you.

There will be no social this week but may be happening in the near future.

Directions:

From Springwater: Head north on NY 15A to Lima. Turn left at the light onto US 20/NY 5 west. Stay on 5 & 20 though the traffic circle in Avon. After crossing the Genesee River, stay on NY 5 when US 20 turns to the left. At the small traffic circle in Caledonia, continue straight onto NY 36 (this is the 2nd exit from the traffic circle; NY 5 continues at the 3rd exit). In 1.4 miles, turn left onto George St (the street to the right is State St). The road bends to the right and changes its name to Flint Hill Rd. In a total of 1 mile from NY 36, you will see a large sign for the entrance to the Genesee Country Village and Museum on the left. Continue through the main parking lot, following the road as it turns left. Turn right when you see a sign for the Nature Center. There is a circle with parking all around it. We will meet in the parking lot near the walk to the Nature Center.

From Naples: Follow CR 36 (Hunt Hollow Rd) north to NY 20A in Honeoye.  Turn left on 20A to Hemlock. From Hemlock head north on NY-15A to Lima. Turn left at the light onto US 20/NY 5 west. Stay on 5 & 20 though the traffic circle in Avon. After crossing the Genesee River, stay on NY 5 when US 20 turns to the left. At the small traffic circle in Caledonia, continue straight onto NY 36 (this is the 2nd exit from the traffic circle; NY 5 continues at the 3rd exit). In 1.4 miles, turn left onto George St (the street to the right is State St). The road bends to the right and changes its name to Flint Hill Rd. In a total of 1 mile from NY 36, you will see a large sign for the entrance to the Genesee Country Village and Museum on the left. Continue through the main parking lot, following the road as it turns left. Turn right when you see a sign for the Nature Center. There is a circle with parking all around it. We will meet in the parking lot near the walk to the Nature Center.

From Dansville: Take I390 north to Exit 7 NY-408. Turn right on NY 408 and continue straight onto NY-63. In 3.3 miles, before Geneseo, turn left to stay on NY 63. In 17 miles, turn right onto Retsof Rd. In 8.6 miles, at the tee, turn right onto NY 36N. In 8.6 miles at the intersection with NY 5, turn right to stay on NY 36. Take the first left onto Spring St. At the end of Spring St, turn left onto George St. The road bends to the right and changes its name to Flint Hill Rd. In a 0.9 mile from Spring St, you will see a large sign for the entrance to the Genesee Country Village and Museum on the left. Continue through the main parking lot, following the road as it turns left. Turn right when you see a sign for the Nature Center. There is a circle with parking all around it. We will meet in the parking lot near the walk to the Nature Center.

From Canandaigua: Follow US 20 / NY 5 West through Avon. Stay on 5 & 20 though the traffic circle in Avon. After crossing the Genesee River, stay on NY 5 when US 20 turns to the left. At the small traffic circle in Caledonia, continue straight onto NY 36 (this is the 2nd exit from the traffic circle; NY 5 continues at the 3rd exit). In 1.4 miles, turn left onto George St (the street to the right is State St). The road bends to the right and changes its name to Flint Hill Rd. In a total of 1 mile from NY 36, you will see a large sign for the entrance to the Genesee Country Village and Museum on the left. Continue through the main parking lot, following the road as it turns left. Turn right when you see a sign for the Nature Center. There is a circle with parking all around it. We will meet in the parking lot near the walk to the Nature Center.

From Rochester: Take I 490 West to Exit 4.  Turn left on NY 259 south.  In 0.3 miles turn right onto NY 33A. In 3.7 miles, turn left onto Palmer Rd (CR 184). The road changes to Mumford Rd (CR 180). Turn left onto NY 36S (Riga Mumford Rd). Turn right to stay on NY 36. In the Hamlet of Mumford, turn right onto George St (the street to the left is State St). The road bends to the right and changes its name to Flint Hill Rd. In a total of 1 mile from NY 36, you will see a large sign for the entrance to the Genesee Country Village and Museum on the left. Continue through the main parking lot, following the road as it turns left. Turn right when you see a sign for the Nature Center. There is a circle with parking all around it. We will meet in the parking lot near the walk to the Nature Center. (An alternate route follows Scottsville Rd (NY 383S). Stay on 383 until it becomes NY 36. Turn right onto George St and follow the route above.)

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Cohocton Hills

Looking North from the top of the Golf Course.Our hike on Sunday will explore the Reservoir Creek golf course in Naples. The course is closed for golf, but we thank the owners for permission to enjoy a hike with beautiful views, interesting topography and plenty of opportunity for exercise. We have been asked to avoid the greens, especially if we are wearing traction devices, but there is plenty of room to enjoy.

The opportunities for hikes are endless, but we will focus on three. The Climbers will climb to the top of the course along the east side, with up close views of the Reservoir Creek. The will follow down several fairways to the center of the course, then up around an internal woods, and finally down the west side of the course. Hikers should point out interesting topography they would like to see up-close, allowing the leader to adjust the route around the course.

The Tourists will follow the Climbers up the east side of the course at a slightly more leisurely pace, but will be sure to move fast enough to keep all hikers warm. Once they reach the top, the Tourists will make their way back down toward the parking lot, explores areas of interest.

The Naturalists will hike up the center of the course along the first hole. From there the route will head east to the Reservoir Creek the back across holes 8 and 16, below hole 13 to hole 11. After a tour around the 11th hole, the Naturalists will make their way back down to the parking lot.

For the safety of all hikers, we will not be having a social this week.

Directions

From Springwater: Head south on Rte. 15 South to Wayland.   Turn left onto Route 21 North in Wayland at the light. At the intersection of Rte. 21 and 371 in the Town of North Cohocton turn left staying on Rte. 21.  Reservoir Creek Golf Course is on your right in about 4.1 miles.

From Honeoye: Follow W Hollow Rd (County Road 36) to Naples. Turn Right at the Middletown Tavern on to Rte. 21 South, Continue on Rte. 21 South for about half a mile.  Reservoir Creek is on your left.

From Canandaigua: Follow NY 21 south out of town and all the way to Naples. Stay on NY 21 when it turns right (at the start of NY 53). Reservoir Creek is on your left.
From Rochester: Take NY 15A or 15 South to Wayland. At the light in Wayland, turn left on NY 21 North.
    OR take I-390 South to the Wayland Exit..Turn left onto NY 21 N, to the light in Wayland. Turn right to stay on NY 21.
At the intersection of Rte. 21 and 371 in the Town of North Cohocton turn left staying on Rte. 21.  Reservoir Creek Golf Course is on your right in about 4.1 miles.
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