July 18, 2017 @ 5:15 pm
IMPORTANT UPDATE (posted Monday 7/17 ~12:40PM)!!! PLEASE NOTE RESCHEDULING OF THIS HIKE!!! – THE HIKE (ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY 7/17) HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY JULY 18TH (SAME TIME & PLACE). RESCHEDULING IS DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS FOR MONDAY EVENING. ALL OTHER INFO REMAINS THE SAME.
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**It should also be noted, subsequent to the hike, usually within a few days, often photos of the hike are posted on the FOGVG Facebook page.
An opportunity for a 7/17/2017 Monday hike, at Letchworth State Park, exists for ST hikers to join the members of Southern Tier Greenway Hiking group (STGH). STGH is made up of hikers who hike the southern section of the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park (GVGSP aka GVG) and many more locations. ST has hiked with some of these hikers during the Friends of Genesee Valley Greenway (FOGVG) annual event held in early November. And some STGH hikers have joined-in on some ST hikes. The information about this Letchworth hike is as follows.
“Southern Tier Greenway Hiking – Letchworth Hike, Monday July 17th at 5:15 PM.
Participants will meet at 5:15 PM at the Castile gate or entrance of Letchworth State Park. Participants should not go through the Castile gate before 5:00 PM unless the driver of the vehicle is a senior citizen. Otherwise, they will have to pay an entrance fee of $10.00 per car. People should remember that the Portageville entrance to the park is closed because a new railroad bridge is under construction. The participants will have to proceed north another mile or so past the Portageville entrance and turn right off of Route 19A onto Denton Corners Road that takes them to the Castile entrance gate of Letchworth State Park.
Jim Pomeroy, a retired DEC fish and wildlife biologist, will meet everyone at the gate and then lead them in a caravan to the Inspiration Point parking lot of Letchworth State Park. After parking their cars, he will lead the participants on a walk along the edge of the gorge towards the Lower Falls, but not down to the level of the falls. As Jim does not wish to back track on any hike, but rather have a circular hike, the participants will have to bushwhack some at one point. The main path does have some steps and grades, but the whole thing should be doable for most people. Hiking poles are strongly suggested. Jim, being the great leader and teacher that he is, will talk about and point out things here and there. This is a great hiking opportunity—don’t miss out!! It would be best not to bring dogs as we are walking along the edge of the gorge.”