10518 Co Rte 47
Climbers and Naturalists: We will meet at the South (Campground) Entrance to the park and split into two groups (Climbers and Naturalists). Climbers will hike in a loop around the entire park using the East and West Snowmobile Trails. There are some significant up hills and down hills on this route which is about 3.5 miles total. Naturalists will hike to the south out and back on a park access trail through the woods and then through the campground and down to the creek for a total of several miles. There are large oaks, white pines and other impressive trees on this route. Although it goes without saying – all hikers should carry drinking water.
Trail Closures: Please note that the Gorge Trail and the East and West Rim Trails are currently closed to the public. According to the Assistant Park Manager the Gorge Trail is not expected to be opened until late May because they need to complete scaling the stone cliffs in the gorge, and the East and West Rim Trails are not expected to be opened until sometime in mid April because they are working on replacing some of the stairs on these trails.
Social: If the weather is favorable and you would like to meet for an outdoor social in the park after the hikes, plan on bringing your own sandwich and drink. Drive the mile or so to the North Entrance and the first ones there should get a picnic table or two near the Clara Barton Shelter.
Directions: From the Village of Dansville drive south on NYS Route 36 south towards Hornell and go past the North Entrance to the park. At the top of the hill take the first left onto Co Rte 47. In a short distance, take a quick left into the South Entrance. Park near the Camp Office without blocking the drive.