On April 7 we will hike or bike the western end of the Lehigh Valley Trail Linear Park, following the rail trail across the Genesee River on the original rail truss bridge to the Greenway intersection. Hikers have the option of a 5-mile hike or a 2.5 mile hike to the river and back. Part of the Monroe County Parks System, the rail trail is wide, flat, fairly dry and nicely paved with stone dust along most of its length, and has some interesting railroad era structures and interpretive markers at the river crossing end. We might see some early signs of spring too. See trail flier at map.
Everyone will meet at 1:45 at the Honeoye Creek Fishing Access parking area on Fishell Road west of Route 15 in Rush, just past the 390 overpass. Tourists and Climbers will hike to the west 2.5 miles to the Greenway crossing on the west side of the Genesee, and back for a total of 5 miles. Naturalists will drive to an alternative parking lot closer to the river, continuing west on Fishell Road to the East River Road intersection, making a left, and parking in the trailside parking lot on the west side of East River Road, walking from there to the end and back for a total of about 2.5 miles. If weather is conducive, Cyclists will begin at the Fishell Road parking area and ride to the Greenway and back, then continuing east along Honeoye Creek as far as Rochester Junction in Mendon before returning to the cars, for a total of about 15 miles. Expect a few damp sections of trail.
Social – Please join us for the social gathering at the Brewery Pub at 8 W. Main Street in the center of Honeoye Falls, overlooking the falls.
From Springwater, Honeoye and points south: Follow Route 15A north through Hemlock and Lima. In Honeoye Falls, after the turn-off to West Main Street, make a left on Honeoye Falls-Five Points Road. Go through the Five Points intersection and past the Oak Openings on your left. At Route 15 (W. Henrietta Road) make a right. Go 1 mile and make a left on Fishell Road. The parking area will be on your left, just past the first 390 overpass.
Alternative Interstate Route: Take I-390 north to Exit 11 (Route 251 Rush). Go east on 251 for a short distance, then south on NY Route 15 for about 2 miles. Make a right on Fishell Road. The parking area will be on your left, just past the first 390 overpass.
From Rochester and points north: Take 390 South to Exit 11, Go east on 251 for a short distance, then south on NY Route 15 for about 2 miles. Make a right on Fishell Road. The parking area will be on your left, just past the first 390 overpass.
Directions to Social: Return east on Fishell Road to Route 15. Go south 2 miles to Honeoye Falls-Five Points Road and make a left. Go about 4 miles into the center of Honeoye Falls. At the light, the Brewery Pub will be straight ahead on your right, just before the bridge.