Canandaigua Vista – New FLLT Nature Preserve

December 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jones Rd
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Join us Sunday afternoon to explore the latest Nature Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust – Canandaigua Vista, overlooking the Canandaigua Valley and points east. This preserve, on a 90-acre parcel that was once a dairy farm, includes a combination of meadow and woodlands, with trails circling the property and abutting parts of Barnes Gully and a farm pond. This is a shorter hike than our usual, but there’s a lot to see. If folks finish early and there is interest, we can visit another nearby Canandaigua overlook afterwards – Quiet Meadows on Barnes Road.

Hiking is on mostly dry rolling hills, with some moderate climbs. The Land Trust permits fall hiking while also issuing a limited number of private bow hunting permits on the property in the interest of deer control; all permitted hunters have been advised of our event. WEAR SOME BLAZE ORANGE OUTERWEAR AS A PRECAUTION. Poles and mud-suitable boots also advised. Binoculars are also recommended if you have them – great for identifying landmarks way off across the lake.

Meet at 1:45 at the new trailhead parking lot near the top of Jones Road, a dead end off Route 21, about 2 miles south of Cheshire. Park in the generous off-road lot, not on the road. The whole group will take the White Trail around the perimeter of the preserve, stopping at various overlook points to take in the sights. At the end of the loop after about 1.25 miles, Naturalists and Tourists will return to their cars to adjourn to Quiet Meadows (see directions below), and Climbers may retrace the full loop back to the start, seeing the sights from the other direction for a total of about 2.5 miles, or adjourn to Quiet Meadows or nearby Onanda Park, where we can hike another 3 miles in a woods with its own Canandaigua Vistas.

Optional Social:   Join us afterwards for refreshments at Brews and Brats, 6461 Route 64. Check out the menu here.:


From Springwater, Wayland, Naples: Go east to North Cohocton and Naples and Route 21, then continue north through Woodville to the intersection of Route 21 and Route 64. Bear right at the fork and follow Route 21 north for 6.8 miles, to just past the Scenic Overlook. Make a left on Jones Road, and go up the hill about a half mile. The Trailhead parking area will be on the left. There is a big sign.

From Honeoye: Take Route 20A east to County Road 32 (Wizard of Clay), then make a right and proceed to the Bristol Valley. At the Route 64 intersection, go straight and up the hill, making a right on Montanye Road (later Goodale Road) This road ends in Cheshire . Make a right on Route 21, and go about 2 miles south. Make a right on Jones Road, just after the Seneca point Road intersection. Go 12 mile p the hill to the trailhead parking on the left.

From 5&20 and Canandaigua: Take Route 21 south to Cheshire and continue south another 2 miles to Jones Road, just after the Seneca point Road intersection. Go 12 mile p the hill to the trailhead parking on the left.

Directions to Quiet Meadows and Onanda Park: Return to Route 21 and make a left, then an immediate right on Seneca Point Road. In about .9 miles, turn left on Barnes Road. The first building on the right is a red barn. Park in front of the barn and go through the hedge row opening to the grassy labyrinth. Walk the labyrinth paths for a meditative experience, or navigate the mowed paths to the left around the 5 acres of hills and lake vistas. For Onanda Park, Barnes Road entrance, proceed another quarter mile down Barnes Road. After the road curves to the right, look for a dirt road entering the woods on your left (no sign) There is a trailhead and parking for about 8 cars in there.
Brews and Brats: From Canandaigua Vista, go down Jones Road and right on Route 21. In 6.8 miles, turn right on Route 64 and go a sort distance around the curve to the right. Brews and Brats is behind Arbor Hill at 6461 Route 64.

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