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Friends of Genesee Valley Greenway

Springwater Trails (SWTs) will join the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway (FOGVG) for the events they have planned for their Hike, Bike, Program, Dinner and Annual Meeting. Below is the information posted on their website. SWTs is adding one additional option for our hikersclimbers can meet at 1:00 at the pull off south of the Village of Mount Morris on Route 36 just north of Swanson Road. They will then hike 3.6 miles on the Greenway to the parking area in Sonyea State Forest and then along Keshequa Creek as time allows. The “out and back walk” described below is recommended for SWT Naturalists and Tourists. Meet at the VFW parking area behind their building at 3 Elm St. in downtown Mt. Morris at 12:00.

Please note, hikers going all the way to the end and those electing the “out and back” option need to register with Irene Szabo to assure that she knows how many hikers need rides and that there are enough vehicles at the destination point. To register with Irene, email treeweenie@aol.com, or call at 585/658-4321

FOGVG Events in Mt. Morris-Sonyea: Hike, Bike, Program, Dinner & Meeting
WHEN: November 12, 2017 all-day
WHERE: VFW Building
3 Elm St. Mt. Morris NY
CONTACT:
Joan Schumaker
585-490-3302

Experience hiking or biking the Greenway in Mt. Morris and on the newly opened Sonyea section.

Travel 7.25 mi. by starting at the Pocket Park at the Greenway Bridge over the Genesee River or reduce length by starting at one of the new Greenway Parking areas in Mt. Morris, the last official GVGSP parking areas for this event. There is absolutely no parking near the prison area in Sonyea.

At 4.9 miles, turn right, west, across NY 36 into Groveland Correctional grounds, staying strictly on the paved route marked with green on white Greenway signs. After end of old brick buildings, climb gently on dirt road. Mile 6 is the approximate end of prison property with metal gate, and entry into Sonyea State Forest. At first continue west on old dirt road past bushy thickets that once were farms and vineyards. This whole 1670 acre property owned by the state came from a “Shaker” colony and was eventually divided between the Dept. of Corrections and the State Forest. Soon come to a T-intersection; turn RIGHT on the road and descend into forest, then curve left to stay with road until a big parking area at 7.25 miles that is the pick up point. For a ride back to your cars, you need to plan your hike or ride to arrive at this destination by 3:30 pm.

There is also a 4 mi. option for an “out and back walk” of new Greenway route within the Correctional Facility and Sonyea State Forest, with potential for optional side foray into the Keshequa Creek valley where the original canal and railroad used to run. Meet at the VFW parking area behind their building at 3 Elm St. in downtown Mt. Morris at 12:00, in the first block off Main Street going south. This group will caravan to the State Forest and provide rides back to Mt. Morris for the long distance hikers at 3:30 pm.

All participants in the above options should bring water and any food they will need. Hikers going all the way to the end and those electing the “out and back” option also need to register with Irene Szabo to assure that we know how many hikers need rides and that we have enough vehicles at the destination point. To register with Irene, email treeweenie@aol.com, or call at 585/658-4321

The program, dish-to-pass dinner, and FOGVG meeting take place at the VFW building at 3 Elm Street. Refrigeration and ovens are available. At 4:30 pm, Pat Coate from Allegany, NY will present a most interesting program on “Hiking the Appalachian Trail.” Dinner will follow at about 5:30 pm. Please bring your own table service and food to share. The brief Annual Meeting will take place after dinner.

Everyone is invited. Take part in one or more of the above events. Why not join us for all of them.

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Genesee Valley Greenway State Park Passport Series – 2017 – hike #7 on 2nd Saturday of October

Genesee Valley Greenway State Park Passport Series – 2017 – hike #7 on 2nd Saturday of October

Historic Interpretive Hike Series (Wegmans Hike #7):

– – – Please check the online sources below for particulars of this hike. – – – 

The guide will provide history of the Town of York and also point out historic canal and railroad features, and also note interesting natural features along the way. This hike is one of 14 hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. Completion of hikes in this series makes the trail user eligible for Wegmans grocery coupons or a NYS Parks Empire Passport. Passports will be available at the time of the hike and there will be an opportunity to complete the rubbing for this hike. Questions: fogvg@frontier.com or (585) 493-3600

The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is hosting this hike. There is no charge to attend this hike. Therefore, please consider joining us.

For more information, check the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway (FOGVG) website, their Passport page, and the complete 2017 GVG Passport Series.

– – – Additionally, the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park (GVGSP) Facebook page usually lists the upcoming GVGSP events, and the FOGVG Facebook page also lists numerous GVG events in our area albeit a greater proportion of events listed on this page may at times be in the “Southern Tier” portion of the GVG as planned by a group of hikers known as the Southern Tier Greenway Hiking Group (STGH or STGHG) who welcomes all to hike with them.

– – –    We also have a short history of the Greenway.

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Genesee Valley Greenway Passport Series – 2017 – hike #5 – Fowlerville Rd

Genesee Valley Greenway (GVG) hike on Saturday, 8/12/2017. Series Hike #5—Fowlerville Road going north.

Historic Interpretive Hike Series (Wegmans Hike #5): Fowlerville Rd going north Saturday, August 12, 2017 10:00 AM GVG Parking Area Fowlerville Road, Town of York, NY.   Meet at the parking area on the south side of Fowlerville Road (GPS: N42 53.505 W77 49.419) Starting at GVG mile 21, hike to just past mile 20 on easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. (2.7 miles total)

The guide will provide history of the Town of York and also point out historic canal and railroad features, including stone remaining from the Genesee Valley Canal Lock #5, and interesting natural features along the way. This hike is one of 14 hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. Completion of hikes in this series makes the trail user eligible for Wegmans grocery coupons or a NYS Parks Empire Passport. Passports will be available at the time of the hike and there will be an opportunity to complete the rubbing for this hike. Questions: fogvg@frontier.com or (585) 493-3600

Please note, that this section of trail contains a mixed surface, … one segment is surfaced with a thick layer of stone dust / finely crushed stone chips and is unique in that it affords a degree of shock absorption for hikers with aging and/or ailing joints.  A unique trail surface indeed.  This unique surface is owing to a major trail washout and subsequent trail rebuild that was completed about 1 1/2 years ago, and this unique surface was put in place as completion of the trail rebuild. – –  Spring 2016 found a delightful shock absorbing surface for hikers on this reopened segment, and though the surface has since been compacted it likely still affords a uniqueness.

The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is hosting this hike. There is no charge to attend this hike. Therefore, please consider joining us.

For more information, check the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway (FOGVG) website, their Passport page, and the complete 2017 GVG Passport Series.

– – – Additionally, the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park (GVGSP) Facebook page usually lists the upcoming GVGSP events, and the FOGVG Facebook page also lists numerous GVG events in our area albeit a greater proportion of events listed on this page may at times be in the “Southern Tier” portion of the GVG as planned by a group of hikers known as the Southern Tier Greenway Hiking Group (STGH or STGHG) who welcomes all to hike with them.

– – –    We also have a short history of the Greenway.

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Genesee Valley Greenway Passport Series – 2017 – hike #6 (modified) – Fowlerville Rd southbound

Genesee Valley Greenway (GVG) hike on Saturday, 9/9/2017. Series Hike #6 (modified)—Fowlerville Road going south.

Historic Interpretive Hike Series (Wegmans Hike #6, please note this hike is modified): Fowlerville Rd going south Saturday, September 9th, 2017 10:00 AM GVG Parking Area Fowlerville Road, Town of York, NY.  Meet at the parking area on the south side of Fowlerville Road (GPS: N42 53.505 W77 49.419)

Starting at GVG mile 21, hike southbound to the major trail washout and turnaround and hike back to the parking area.    **Special note on modification  –  This hike usually starts at York Landing and travels north but, due to a serious trail wash out just north of York Landing in June, we will be starting at Fowlerville Road (~GVG mile 21) and hiking south to the wash out, about 1.8 miles. This hike is on easy, flat trail with a mixed surface. (3.6 miles total)

The guide will provide history of the Town of York and also point out historic canal and railroad features, and also note interesting natural features along the way. This hike is one of 14 hikes in the Wegmans Passport to Wellness Program. Completion of hikes in this series makes the trail user eligible for Wegmans grocery coupons or a NYS Parks Empire Passport. Passports will be available at the time of the hike and there will be an opportunity to complete the rubbing for this hike. Questions: fogvg@frontier.com or (585) 493-3600

The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is hosting this hike. There is no charge to attend this hike. Therefore, please consider joining us.

For more information, check the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway (FOGVG) website, their Passport page, and the complete 2017 GVG Passport Series.

– – – Additionally, the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park (GVGSP) Facebook page usually lists the upcoming GVGSP events, and the FOGVG Facebook page also lists numerous GVG events in our area albeit a greater proportion of events listed on this page may at times be in the “Southern Tier” portion of the GVG as planned by a group of hikers known as the Southern Tier Greenway Hiking Group (STGH or STGHG) who welcomes all to hike with them.

– – –    We also have a short history of the Greenway.