Corning, NY 14830
Too hot to hike? Think again. This week’s event is a perfect solution. The Houghton Preserve is a shady respite from the heat wave, nestled on a hilltop to catch an occasional breeze. The trails are not at all strenuous, so hikers can relax and enjoy their time in the woods.
This preserve is a gift from Jamie and Maisie Houghton to the Finger Lakes Land Trust. The family has deep roots in the Corning Community dating back to the mid 1800’s. The terrain is mostly wooded, but meadows fringe the boundaries. The trails are level with one moderate pitch. Off trail there are some steep gullies to view. The FLLT website has a more thorough description and a trail map of this preserve and many other preserves around the Finger Lakes..
All hikers will be using the same trails this week. The leader will provide maps and suggested routes for our subgroups.
Naturalists may be challenged by the short climb out from the parking area on the blue trail. The footing is excellent. It is a short uphill walk to a lovely overlook of the valley. A bench, built by a local eagle scout, awaits those in need of a rest and an opportunity to listen for Bobolinks in the meadow. Total mileage < 1.5 miles.
Tourists and Climbers will be able to tackle al of the trails in about 1.5 hours time. There are various loops to explore at a leisurely pace. Wildlife possibilities include porcupines and yellow billed cuckoos overhead in the forest canopy. Mileage will be < 4 miles.
Please note: Dogs must be leashed at all times
Social We should have plenty of time to enjoy the apres hike gathering, just a short drive away in downtown Corning, at the Market Street Brewing Company, 63 West Market Street. The menu offers a variety of apps, entrees, sandwiches, desserts, and of course fresh brewed beers. The pub supports local growers. Indoor and outdoor seating is available as long as we call ahead on Sunday. Parking should be available on the street nearby. See http://www.936-beer.com for the menu and description.
Directions from Springwater
Follow Rt 15 south through Wayland to I 390. Follow 390 south/ 86 east to the exit for Rt 352/ Denison Parkway ( pretty sure it is #45). continue south on 352 for approximately 2 miles, then turn right on Chemung St. Continue uphill on Chemung (which becomes Spencer Hill Rd) for 2.3 miles. The Preserve will be on your right. There is ample parking.
We will do a carpool from the Springwater Town Hall leaving promptly at 2:45.