Reservoir Creek Golf Course, Naples


This week’s hike will be at Reservoir Creek Golf Course located in Naples NY. So, stick a golf ball in your coat pocket and walk the course with your fellow hikers. The full 18 holes is 5 miles long and will take around 2hrs 15 minutes for the climbers. Nine holes for the tourist will be about 2 miles. The Naturalist take a nice walk from holes 1- 5 along the Creek bed or longer if they wish. For those of you who pass between holes 8 and 9 you just might be able to see the foxes. You will certainly see their den.

If there is enough snow you might want to try your hand at snowshoeing or cross country skiing. More than likely you will want your poles and footwear with good traction if there is snow on the ground. The lay of the land is up and down but the inclines are short but the views are beautiful!

We will meet in the parking lot of Reservoir Creek Golf Course at 2:00pm.

After hike Social will be at Neapolitan Pizzeria 120 N Main street Naples.

Directions to Reservoir Creek Golf Course, 8613 Cohocton Street Route 21 South, Naples NY
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 Rochester: Take NY 15 South.  Turn left onto Route 21 North in Wayland at the light. At the intersection of Rte. 21 and Rte. 371 in the Town of North Cohocton turn left staying on Rte. 21 North.  Reservoir Creek Golf Course is on your right about 4 .1 miles.

Take 390 South to the Wayland Exit.   Turn right on Rte. 21 North at the light in Wayland.  At the intersection of Rte. 21 and Rte. 371 in the Town of North Cohocton turn left staying on Rte. 21 North.  Reservoir Creek Golf Course is on your right about 4 .1 miles.

From Springwater and Wayland: Head out on Rte. 15 South to Wayland.   Turn left onto Route 21 South 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 about 4 .1 miles.

A Mid-Week Hike to Camel’s Hump in Vermont

Once again Bill Cooke and Pam Masterson have invited us to Vermont for some camping and hiking; the dates are 20th – 24th August 2018 – that’s a Monday through Thursday. Bill and Pam will organize hikes on the Tuesday and Wednesday – though everyone is free to hike separately, kayak on the nearby lake, and spend as little and as much time in Vermont as they want to.

The Camel’s Hump hike is fairly hard, and it is suggested that only those who are toughened up by regular hiking should attempt it. Bill is asking for advance sign-up for this hike.

The camp site we have chosen is the Little River State Park. This is a very popular park, and if you plan to come and you haven’t already arranged lodging then you should book something as soon as you can. Please get as close to the balsam lean-to as you can; we already have the Elm and Balsam lean-to’s booked. A lean-to is allowed 2 additional tents.

Please bring as much food and drink as you need. We’ll be arranging some communal meals but everyone will be asked to contribute to the cause.

This is still early days as far as planning goes. I’ll fill out with more information as things develop. It will help us in our planning if we know who is coming; there is a sign-up sheet here – please use to to let us know if you plan to come.


Ganondagan Hike, Dec 10, 2017

Although winter isn’t officially here yet, our hike at Ganondagan was definitely wintery, with light falling snow throughout the hike and finishing just before the earliest sunset of the year.

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The Bristol Hills Branch #6 – Seman Road to Mt. Pleasant Street

The hike on Sunday 21st January 2018 will follow a section of the Bristol Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail in Naples. Springwater Trails has signed up to maintain this section of the Finger Lakes Trail.  This section passes through the West Hill Preserve off Seman Rd and then across private land to Mt Pleasant St. in Naples. This section of trail is also in our plan to walk the entire length of the BHB.

The trail is in good shape provided that there has been no serious winter damage. It rises steadily from the Seman Road access point to the ridge line, and then drops fairly steeply down to Naples. It has been a reliably dry trail in the past apart from a short section of bog near the beginning of the hike. We will be making notes about areas that need maintenance.  Maintenance days will be planned in the spring and late summer, to help keep this trail in the conditions that hikers have grown to expect. 

We will meet at the entrance to the West Hill Preserve on Seman Road (42.66166, -77.396288). We will shuttle some cars down to the hike end in Naples (42.625950, -77.397304) before we start. The climbers will follow the trail down to the old cemetery in Naples.  Naturalists follow the trail to the sign in box and then return to the cars on Seman Road.

Please note: Dogs are not allowed to hike on the Nature Conservancy property.

The Social and the Christmas Party

Following the hike, please join us for a social and late Christmas party at John’s house (42.615870, -77.456155). The address is 8402 French Hill Road, Naples, NY 14512.

Directions to the Hike Meeting Point: 

From Springwater: Head south on NY 15 (for 5.2mi). At the light in Wayland turn left on NY 21N (for 6.7mi). In N Cohocton, turn left to stay on NY 21N (for 4.5mi). In Naples, turn left again to stay on NY 21N (for 1.8mi). On the north side of Naples, turn left on CR12 and head up the hill for 1.9 miles.  Take the first left, Rhine St., to the 4 way  intersection.  Go left onto Seman Rd.  Trailhead is about 1/2 mile, by a big sign on the left. Park along the road.

From Honeoye: Head south on CR 36 on the west side of Honeoye Lake (for 13.6 miles from NY 20A). Turn left onto Gulick Rd (for 2 mi), then right on Davis Rd (for 0.7mi). At the end of Davis, turn left on W Hollow Rd (CR 33) for 0.5mi, then right on Seman Rd. The Trailhead is about 1 mile, by a big sign on the right. Park along the road.

Directions from the Hike Meeting Point to John’s House (42.615870, -77.456155).

From the meeting point on Seman Road, go west to the junction with West Hollow Road (that’s left, with your back to the trail head). Turn left on to West Hollow Road, and then first right onto Davis Road. At the junction with Gulick Road, turn left and go all the way to the end of the road where it meets County Road 36 (Hunts Hollow Road). Turn right, and half a mile later turn left onto French Hill Road.John’s house is 1 mile up French Hill Road, on the right. It has green siding.

Directions from the Old Cemetery in Naples to John’s House (42.615870, -77.456155).

From the hike end point at Bob and Ruth’s restaurant go south on Rt. 21 through downtown Naples (that’s right with you back to Bob and Ruth’s) and then turn right on county road 36, also known as Hunts Hollow Road; this turn is at the Middletown Tavern. Go north up County 36 for about 2 miles, and then turn left onto French Hill Road. It is the second left after turning onto the road from Rt. 21. John’s house is 1 mile up French Hill Road, on the right. It has green siding.