This Sunday we will hike the Middlesex Valley Rail Trail, which runs northeast from Naples, passing through the lowlands of the Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area. The 7.2 mile rail trail is parallel to Route 245, and follows alongside of sections of the West River. We will hike on the section between Parrish Road and Cayward Cross Road, placing cars at several different parking areas along the way to allow for several distances of hiking. The trail is level and wide and slightly downhill, easy walking, though poles will be helpful for any muddy areas.The Middlesex Valley Railroad began service in 1892 between Naples and Stanley, with connections to Geneva, Canandaigua and Wayne County. In 1895 it became part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad system, and continued in service until 1970. Now part of the State-owned Hi Tor area, most of the trail is a raised path with wetlands on either side – some shrubby and some forested. Along the way are waterfowl nesting boxes, and about a mile from the north end is a heron rookery. Wendy has told us that there are limited babies this year possibly due to eagles. Hopefully we will see some wildlife.
We will meet at 4 PM at the parking lot on the north side of Parrish Road, which runs across the valley from Route 21 (near Monica’s Pies) to Route 245 (near the base of Conklin Gully). Will leave enough cars there to accommodate the return trip for all the Climbers. We will then leave enough cars to accommodate the Tourists at the Sunnyside parking lot, along the way to our hike starting point. Everyone will begin the hike heading south from the Cayward Cross Road parking area. PLEASE wear clothing appropriate for tall grass, bugs and mud. Bring bug spray and a water bottle.
Naturalists will hike down the trail as far as the rookery, then return to their cars, a total of 2 to 2.5 miles. Tourists will hike through the rookery and on to Sunnyside, a total distance of about 3 miles. The Climbers will hike past Sunnyside and on to Parrish Road, for a total distance of about 5.6 miles. The southernmost 1.2 miles of the trail, extending past Parrish Road to Naples, is currently closed due to a bridge outage.
Following the hike, please join us for an optional social at the Redwood Restaurant on Rt. 21S in Naples.
Map: See map here: MV Rail Trail map
Directions to the Hike Meeting Point:
From Springwater/Dansville/Wayland: Take Rt 21N into Naples. Turn left onto Main St for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Rt#245 (across from Bob and Ruth’s). Continue 1.5 miles, make a left on Parrish Rd. Parking area is on the right, in about .2 miles.
From Honeoye: Take Rt#36 south into Naples, left on Main St for approximately 1.25 miles. Right on Rt#245 (Across from Bob and Ruth’s). Continue 1.5 miles then left on Parrish Rd. Parking area is on the right, in about .2 miles.
From Canandaigua: Take Rt#21S to Woodville. Keep straight toward Naples. Turn left on Parrish Road about 1.5 miles past Woodville, just after you pass Monica’s Pies. The parking area will be on your left, in about .5 miles.