Our hike Sunday June 4, 2023, starts at 4pm (please arrive by 3:45 to carpool to our starting point). This is a one-way hike around farm fields, following trails through sections of woodlands, continuing along paths beside the Cohocton River to the Old Erie Railroad bed ending in the Hamlet of Atlanta. We will meet at our ending point in Atlanta. Across the street from the E J Cottrell Library, 3 Beecher Street, Atlanta. Look for the Springwater Trail’s parking sign.
Most of this is private land except for portions of the Railroad beds that the DEC have for fishing access. We will drop the Naturalist off on Parks Road to begin their flat hike down the Old Erie Railroad Bed for 1.5 miles. If they finish before the rest of the group, they can tour the Clark property which is forever in a wetland reserve. There are trails throughout the property that you can follow. Check out the Birdhouse for a bird’s view of the river, hiking paths and wildlife. If by chance you prefer to just tour the wetlands that is also an option by starting at the parking lot, walking a short distance up the Old Erie Railroad bed and entering the reserve. The first entrance on your right will have trails throughout the reserve. The 2nd entrance will be the home of the Birdhouse which you are welcome to climb and see the views.
The Tourists and Climbers will start downhill together before the Tourists change directions through a short uphill climb through a sugarbush to the crossing of the Cohocton River. They will then work their way around the headlands to the Old Erie Railroad bed, flat terrain, for a total of 3.25 miles.
The Climbers will head off for an up and down trail through the woods to the flat path along the Cohocton River. Once they cross the river, they will follow the headlands to the Old Erie Railroad bed for a total of 4.25 miles.
We might even be lucky to see Fred and Francis down by the river.
From Springwater: take Route 15S to Wayland for 4.9 miles. At the light in Wayland turn left onto Route 21N, drive 5.9 miles to Beecher Street. Continue on Beecher Street for .5 miles with parking on the right. Watch for the Springwater Trail sign.
From Naples: take Route 21S to North Cohocton. Turn right to stay on 21S. Go .8 miles turn left onto Beecher Street. Continue on Beecher Street for .5 miles with parking on the right. Watch for the Springwater Trail sign.
The Social will be at the Mt. View Inn at 34 Main Street in Atlanta.