Schribner Valley Hike, Springwater

December 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for the final hike of the year for Springwater Trails. This hike will be on private property on Schribner Rd in Springwater.

NOTE: Bow and Muzzel loading seasons are open on the day of the hike, but at the time of the hike, no hunters will be on most of the private land hosting our hike.

We will have two or three hikes available, depending on demand.  All hikes will start at the Hopkins’ home, located on the south west side of Schribner Rd just before (if you are coming from Tabors Corner) the intersection with Giles Rd.

All hikers will leave from the front of the house and will follow the trail by the woodshed, and along the creek, by the A-Frame to the blueberries.

At this point, the climbers and tourists will turn left down to the stream and then up to the hardwood forest. The climbers will take several switchbacks to get to the potato fields. Continuing up the hill, we will enjoy the views of the fields and follow the edge of the forest around to an entrance to the forest on the west side. From there we will head north to cross Giles Rd where we will stop briefly  to investigate a cemetery from the 1880s. The trail continues north along a small creek which eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay. From there, we will make our way back to the house for some more socializing.

Meanwhile, the tourists take a more direct route to the west side exit to the potato field. A quick U-turn will take us to the north trail, past the cemetery, around the valley and back to the house.

When the Naturalists depart from the climbers, they will continue north west along pine forests planted in the 30s and 50s and through some older natural white pines. We will pass the multicolored barn to follow a loop through the woods. Unless a one-horse sleigh picks us up, we will continue back south and cross the “bumpy” field to the house.

Following the hikes, all hikers are invited to join us for a seasonal social at the house. We will have a ham to share. Please bring a side dish or appetizer or dessert and your favorite beverage. Or make a small donation to the social fund.

Preview: Rather than a hike on New Years Eve, Springwater Trails is again leading a hike on New Years Day as part of the state-wide First Day Hikes program. Please join us at 2:00 at the north end of Canadice Lake. You will meet many hikers new to Springwater Trails.  Or if you are more adventurous, there are 8 hikes on the Greenway, and one near Alfred at Phillips Creek State Forest. Check out the map.  Its a great way to start the new year.


These directions are being provided because Schribner and Giles are seasonal roads at the north west ends.  If you use your GPS, please be sure that you are coming up Schribner Rd from Tabors Corners Rd. Enter Tabors Corners and Schribner Rd, Wayland NY.  Just to make sure you have good directions for the winter, check that the directions do not include Strutt St or Quanz Rd or Giles Rd. And whatever the weather is like, do not turn onto Schribner Rd from Strutt St (you will regret it!).

When you get onto Schribner Rd,  continue for 1 mile. The driveway is on the left one mile up Schribner Rd and about 10 feet before the intersection with Giles Rd. There is room for a few cars in the driveway, or turn around at the intersection and park on the the road. You may also park on the second driveway on the far side of the intersection, although, if you pull up the driveway, others may park behind you!

From Springwater: Head north on Rt 15A from the light in Springwater.  Take the first right on Wheaton Hill Rd (Co Rd 16).  Turn right on Wetmore Rd at the stop sign at the top of the hill.  At the end of Wetmore, bear right on Tabors Corners Rd.  After 3.5 miles turn right on Schribner Rd.  Follow the directions above in green.

From Wayland: From Rt 15, head east on Rt 21 toward North Cohocton for 3 miles. Turn left on Tabors Corners Rd (Steuben Co Rd 37).  After 2 miles, turn left on Schribner Rd (the second left). Follow the directions above in green.

From Honeoye: From Rt 20A, head south on Ontario Co Rd 37.  At Canadice, continue straight ahead on Canadice Hill Rd as Co Rd 37 turns right. When Ross Rd bears to the right, take the right.  This avoids the potholes in the dirt road straight ahead. In 2.7 miles, turn left on Tibbles Rd (the first left road on Ross Rd. In 1.1 miles turn right onto Wetmore Rd. Stay on Wetmore up over the hill to the end (2.2 miles). Bear right on Tabors Corners Rd.  Turn right at 3.5 miles onto Scribner Rd.  Follow the directions above in green.

From the East Lake Rd in Honeoye or From Naples: Rather than traveling north to reach 20A or Co Rd 37, hikers from east of Honeoye Lake may go south to Ontario Co Rd 36 and follow Co Rd 36 to Naples. Turn right on Rt 21 south.  Turn right to stay on Rt 21 for 4.5 miles to N Cohocton.  Turn right to stay on Rt 21 towards Wayland.  After 3.8 miles turn right on Tabors Corners Rd (Steuben Co Rd 37).  After 2 miles, turn left on Schribner Rd (the second left). Follow the directions above in green.

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