Canandaigua, NY 14424
Join the group Sunday May 21 from 2-4PM for a lakeview hike around Onanda Park in the Town of Canandaigua. This park was originally a YWCA camp at the turn of the 20th century and was purchased in 1989 through a cooperative effort between New York State and the Town of Canandaigua and opened to the public in 1990. Onanda, the town’s largest park, contains both lakeshore and upland sections. We will begin on the upland section which features a two-mile trail through the woods. We will continue on adownhill path to the creek which, due to the dry weather, is easy to navigate and low enough to observe the creek creatures such as bullfrogs.
There is a short side trail slightly above the creek, as well. After a bit there are numerous downed trees in the creek which can be climbed over depending on how far anyone wants to go down the waterway. An additional trail with lovely views overlooking the creek is accessible via stairs on the opposite side of the creek and there is access to the lakeside area via a tunnel under the road. Overall, at least an hour and a half’s worth of hiking for us. There will be options to accommodate all hiking preferences.
The social will be a lakeside picnic with dish-to-pass and bring your own beverage. There is an open-sided pavilion with a roof, picnic tables and a grill. Another grill is located right on the shore as well as Adirondack chairs and a floating dock with a large attached bench. With temperatures forecasted for 70s and, at this time, no rain it should be a lovely outing.
DIRECTIONS: From the South: Take Rte 21 N to CR 16, right onto CR 16 and left into Onanda Park upland parking lot.
From the North: Take Rte 332 South, turn right onto Parrish St, left at light onto CR 16/West Lake Rd, Onanda Upland parking on right.
From the West: Take Rte 20A east to Rte 64, turn right onto 64 then left onto Dugway Rd, left onto Rte 21 N then right onto CR 16, Onanda will be on your left.
From the East: Take Rte 5 & 20 west to Rte 332, turn right onto 332 then left onto Parrish St and right at light onto CR 16, Onanda will be on the right.