Bristol Hills Branch Hike#2

This Sunday hike is the second in our BHB Series. This series taking place on the third Sunday of each month for a year, will complete the entire Bristol Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail.

Sunday’s hike will take us through Pigtail Hollow State Forest, in the Towns of Wheeler and Urbana, beginning about halfway between Prattsburgh and Bath. The Climbers will do the full hike south to north from Access Point 18 to 17, a total of 4.4 miles. The Tourists will hike the southern 3/4 of the trail going north to south, with more descending than ascending. The Tourists and the Climbers will exchange car keys when they meet along the trail, and the Climbers will continue for the final mile beyond the Tourists’ starting point. The Naturalists will start at the same point as the Tourists, going south into the forest to Gramdma’s Camp and exploring some fairly level forest terrain.

Climbers will start at C and hike north. Tourists and Naturalists will start at T and hike south.

The Climbers hike starts with a steep uphill, moderating to a more gentle climb and then fairly level forest trails with steep stream crossings at a few ravines. There is a good deal of variety in the forest types we will see, including stands of young white pine, older red pine, hemlock on the north slopes, and spruce, as well as oak and other hardwoods. Signage notes some sections of harvested pine forest being returned to native hardwoods. The trail comes out of the woods and follows Hungry Hollow/Dinehart and then Two Rod/Colegrove Road for about a quarter mile, then returns to the woods for the final mile. The Tourists will cover the same trail, but without the final mile, and going the other way (more downhill), from Hungry Hollow Road to County Road 13, for a total of about 3.4 miles (roughly 2 hours).

We will meet at Access Point 18, the southern end of the hike, on County Road 13 (a.k.a. Mitchellsville Road) between Hungry Hollow Road and Randallville Road. There is ample parking along the southern shoulder of the road. This is the starting point for the Climbers, and the end point for the Tourists. Plan to arrive by 3:45 to allow time for organizing cars. Two or three Climbers will leave cars at the final destination, Access Point 17, and then meet the rest of the group at Access point 18 at 3:45. Tourists and Naturalists will then car pool to their hike starting point, where the trail meets Hungry Hollow Road (a.k.a Dinehart Road – a rugged dirt road) near the corner of Two Rod Road (a.k.a. Colgrove Hill Road, also a rugged dirt road). When the Climbers and Tourists meet in Pigtail Forest, they will exchange keys so that the Tourists can retrieve all cars from County Road 13 and bring them around to the north end, reuniting all hikers with their vehicles.

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From the two end points we will adjourn to the Village Park in Prattsburgh for our social. Prattsburgh has a fine village square with a gazebo and several large tables and bench groups at the center and parking along the sides. Please bring a dish to pass and your own beverage. There is a small grocery store open until 8 PM across the street from the park, for sandwiches and ice cream etc.

To get to Prattsburgh from the end points (the intersection of Hungry Hollow, Dinehart and 2 Rod roads, proceed 2 miles north along 2 Rod (which changes names to Colegrove Hill Road). At the T, make a left on Bean Station Road. At the next T turn right on Route 53. It’s about 5.5 miles total. Don’t miss the Hillview Blueberry Farm on Bean Station Road. You will go right by it, and you can pick your own or buy terrific fresh blueberries already picked, reasonably priced.

Directions to the hike:

From Springwater: Head south on NY 15. At the light in Wayland, turn left on NY 21. In 6.7 miles turn left in North Cohocton to stay on NY 21. (In 1.5 miles, you may turn right onto County Line Rd and follow that to Blodgett Rd and NY53, but it is easier to go into Naples as follows).  Continue 4.5 miles to the stop sign on NY 21 in Naples. Turn right onto NY 53. Follow NY 53 for 16.8 miles through Prattsburgh. Turn left onto CR 13 – Mitchellsville Rd.  Part on the right side in 1.8 miles.  There are signs for the trail on the right and left sides.

From Rochester, Dansville and points north: Take I390 and I86 to Exit 37 and turn left on NY-53 north. Go 5 miles north, through Marshalls, and Wheeler. Take a right on County Road 13 at Renchans. Go 1.8 miles. Shortly after you pass Hungry Hollow Road on your left, you will see the trail crossing CR 13. Park on the right shoulder.

From Naples and points northeast: On the south edge of Naples, take NY 53 south off of Rt 21. Follow NY 53 for 16.8 miles through Ingleside and Prattsburgh to Renchans, where you will turn left onto County Rd. 13. Shortly after you pass Hungry Hollow Road on your left, you will see the trail crossing CR 13. Park on the right shoulder.

From Bath and points south: Take I86 north to Exit 37, and turn left on NY-53 north. Go 5 miles north, through Marshalls, and Wheeler. Take a right on County Road 13 at Renchans. Go 1.8 miles. Shortly after you pass Hungry Hollow Road on your left, you will see the trail crossing CR 13. Park on the right shoulder.

To get from Access Point 18 (south end) to Tourists starting point: From County Road 13, continue south on CR 13 for 0.8 miles. Take the second left onto Runner Rd (AKA Randallville Rd). At the tee (2.4 mi) turn left onto 2 Rod Rd.  At the stop sign (1.3 miles) turn left on Hungry Hollow Rd. In 0.2 miles park on the left side by 3 big maple tress. The trail head is back up Hungry Hollow Road directly across from the driveway of a neighbor who would prefer that we not park in front of the house.

To get from Tourists starting point to Access Point 17: Go east on Hungry Hollow Road, through the intersection where the name changes to Dinehart Road. Make a left when onto Glen Brook Road at the second intersection. In 0.2 miles, the trail crosses the road. There is a small kiosk and parking area on the right side of the road.


An additional note of opportunity:  For history buffs in the group, the Narcissa Prentiss House (essentially a museum of Narcissa Prentiss’ home) is open on Saturdays & Sundays in July & August 1-4PM.  Free admission, donations accepted.  

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Being the museum is open immediately prior to hike start time, some of our history buffs might want to check out the Narcissa Prentiss house located at 7225 Co Rd 75 in the Town of Prattsburgh, skirting the southeast bounds of the hamlet (formerly village) of Prattsburgh.  From the center of the hamlet of Prattsburgh, there are wayfinding signs directing visitors to this attraction.
Perhaps a rather apropos opportunity for a visit in 2017, this being the centennial year since woman gained the right to vote in the US.  Narcissa was a pioneer, teacher, and missionary.

Community Days – Wheaton Hill to Springwater

The Springwater Community Day has been rescheduled for August 13 at the Larry J. Canute Memorial Park on School St in Springwater.

Pancake Breakfast    7:00AM-10:30AM
Chicken BBQ         11:00AM til gone
Classic Car Show     9:00AM-3:00PM
Antique Tractor Pulls  9:00AM-4:00PM
Wheaton Hill Hike        4:00PM – 6:00PM
Hemlock Lake Kayak   4:00PM – 6:00PM

No coolers or containers allowed in park.
No dogs or bicycles allowed in park. 
Dogs are welcome on the Wheaton Hill Hike.

The goal of this Sunday’s hike is to provide a physical connection between hiking trails at the Hemlock Canadice State Forest and the Park in the Hamlet. The members of Springwater Trails help maintain the state forest trails on Wheaton Hill which we will be hiking.

All hikers will meet at 4:00 at the Springwater/Webster Crossing Historical Society Museum at 8130 Route 15 (S Main St) in Springwater.  This museum is less than half a mile from the festivities at the park, so visitors at the Park festivities can walk or drive to the museum. Come early  to explore the Museum prior to the hike. You can meet at the Springwater Trails banner at 3:00 to walk to the Museum.

A photo of the Springwater Village c1913

Springwater Village c1913

We will car pool from the Museum to Wheaton Hill. From the entrance, we will follow the Spruce Loop to the right and then the Redbud Trail. At the bottom of the Redbud loop, we will head out on an unmarked route across one gully to exit at the entrance to the Hamlet of Springwater.  From there we will do a road walk along Main St through the hamlet back to the Museum. This will be a great time to share some history of the hamlet. Hikers with cars at the park will turn at Howe Av to return directly to the park.

Kayakers are also invited to join Springwater Trails at the Hemlock Lake South Boat launch at 4:00. Kayakers at the Community Day should leave the park or museum by 3:30 to provide time to unload equipment at the boat launch and be ready to push off at 4:00. Kayakers are required to wear a PFD (life jacket) and to stay with their group throughout the two hour paddle.

Hikers and Kayakers are urged to enjoy the Community Day and partake of the Chicken BBQ.Therefore, this Sunday only, we will not have our traditional social following our hike and kayak.

Harriett Hollister Spencer Park

Join us for a hike at the Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area. Harriett was a Rochester horticulturist, rose expert and civic leader. Over 600 acres in the park was donated to New York State from her estate in the 1960’s. It is part of the New York State Park System. There is a panoramic view of the countryside from the Overlook Trail. Some folks take the long drive up just to gaze at Honeoye Lake and the surrounding hills from this two thousand foot high vantage point. On a clear day, the Rochester skyline is visible. For some this will be a familiar destination, for others an opportunity to explore a variety of trails through the forest with some intriguing terrain. As usual we will gather at the designated parking area to welcome everyone and to form our hiking groups. Maps will be provided to hike leaders.

Naturalists will head out on Ruthie’s Run to the Chalet Trail. This area is an old road that once led to a large chalet and cabins which housed a camp at one time. Two of the old red cabins are still standing. One is used by the Nordic Ski Patrol during the winter season. This group will continue on until the trail meets The Pines trail. There they will stroll through a lovely corridor of Norway Spruce, eventually arriving at the picnic area and restrooms. From there they can amble along Overlook Road to take in the scenic view for as long as they wish. A short half mile hike up the road or along the trail that parallels the road, will return them to the starting point. Total mileage about 2.5 miles. Hike leader to be recruited.

The Tourist group will follow the Overlook Road for a brief way to connect with Cannonball Run, a shady fern covered section of the woods. Where Cannonball meets the park road, the Tourists can stop to admire the outstanding view before proceeding on to Raccoon Run and the Blue Spruce Trail, an easy meander through the forest, with a few small hills to navigate. This group will return to the parking area via the Chalet Trail for a total of about 4 miles. Wendy will lead this group.

Climbers will tackle a number of trails, beginning at Big Oak, to hike around the perimeter of the park in a clockwise direction. This group will sample most of the park trails during their 5 + mile journey. They will also enjoy a stop at the famous Overlook. Hike leader to be recruited.

Social: Following the hike we will have a dish to pass social at the parking area. Bring a dish to pass or make a donation to the Social Fund. Also bring your own beverage.

Directions: From 1 mile north of Springwater on Rt. 15A, turn up Wheaton Hill RD. Drive all the way to Wetmore RD. and turn left. Continue straight onto Canadice Hill RD. and drive another 2 miles to the park on the right.

From Honeoye: Take County Road 37 and continue straight onto Canadice Hill Rd. to the park on the left..

Canadice Lake Paddle and Hike

This Sunday, we will take advantage of Canadice Lake, the smaller of the two undeveloped Finger Lakes north of the town of Springwater. Prior to the purchase of the land around these lakes by the City of Rochester, Canadice was known as the lake with cottages for the “locals”, while Hemlock catered more to the city folk. Hikers should be able to see cottage foundations remaining on the west side of Canadice Lake. Take a look at photos of some of those cottages.

We will all meet at the Canoe Launch near the south end of Canadice Lake. Boaters should arrive by 3:30 to allow time to unload boats and transport them to the lake. Following the hike and boating, we will have a Dish to Pass social at the Canoe Launch. Bring a dish to pass or make a donation to the Social Fund. Also bring your own beverage.


Naturalists and Tourists will car pool to the south trail entrance and will follow the trail to the west side of the lake and up the west side. Checking the time, they will turn around to return to the cars and the canoe launch at 6:00. Climbers preferring a longer one way trip, will car pool to the north end of Canadice and arrange for a ride back with the Naturalists at the end of the hike. This trail is wide and fairly flat, allowing all hikers to enjoy the lake.


Boaters will launch from the Canoe Launch and will head South and then North along the western shoreline. They will head across the lake to return south to the canoe launch for a 4 or 5 mile trip.


From Springwater: Go North on 15A for 2.7 miles. Bear right on Old Bald Hill Rd S and then an immediate right on Johnson Hill Rd. Take the first left onto Canadice Lake Rd. The Canadice Canoe Launch is 1.8 miles north of Johnson Hill Rd.

From Honeoye: Take Co Rd 37 South from 20A, Turn right after 3.7mi to stay on Co Rd 37. Stay straight onto Burch Hill Rd. At the lake, turn left onto Canadice Lake Rd. The Canadice Canoe Launch is 2.1 miles south of Burch Hill Rd.

From Hemlock and Rochester: Take NY Rt 15A south from Rochester through Lima and Hemlock. Just past Hemlock, Rt 20A goes left. Continue straight on 15A for 3,2 miles after 20A. Turn left on Purcell Hill. At the end of Purcell Hill Rd, turn right onto Canadice Lake Rd on the east side of the lake. The Canoe Launch is 2.9 miles south.