Mount Morris Winter Discovery Series 2018

Springwater Trails hikers and others may be interested in a number of program presentations (lectures) in the Mount Morris Winter Discovery Series 2018.  t.

The annually recurrent Mount Morris Winter Discovery Series is offered January through March, on varying theme and topics. Each year holds about one dozen new program presentations.

Facilities for this program are provided by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area, located at the northern end (east side of the Genesee River) of Letchworth State Park.  All lectures are free of charge and will be held in the Visitor Center on Saturdays at 1pm.  The Visitor Center, aka the William B. Hoyt II Visitor Center, which opened in 1999, is an enclosed heated venue with indoor restrooms and is located adjacent the east side of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Mount Morris Flood Control Dam (which was constructed 1948-1952).  Often light refreshments are served at programs of the Winter Discovery Series.   [Please note, do not confuse this A.C.E. Visitor Center with the Letchworth State Park – Humphrey Nature Center which is located in Letchworth State Park on the west side of the Genesee River and further south of the A.C.E. Mt Morris flood control dam.]

Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area Visitor Center is located at 6103 Visitor Center Road in Mount Morris, NY 14510. For more information call (585) 658-4790.

There are numerous exhibits and educational experiences in the Visitor Center, a brief opportunity may exist to view and experience some immediately prior to or after the Winter Discovery Series program.  Albeit, the Visitor Center is generally not otherwise open in the winter season.

A Mid-Week Hike in Vermont

Bill Cooke and Pam Masterson have invited the club to hike with them in Rutland, Vermont. Bill and Pam will organize for 3 days – 12, 13 and 14 September and people staying outside of that window can plan for themselves.

If you would like to come, please sign up here, and also let Bill and Pam know directly by email or phone – the details are given below.

As the time draws near – a little more than 3 weeks – Bill and Pam need to know who’s planning to attend. This is important for planning the hikes since we’ll be using a shuttle system for both Climbers and Tourists. Also, thus far they have not heard of any Naturalists attending so as of now, no separate hike is planned for them. However, there are options for Naturalist hikers so they welcome any Naturalists who wish to participate.

As of this writing, the following have committed to attending: Wendy, Nanette, Julia, Rick, Mark, Linda, John Larysz and his daughter, Dena, and Mary along with Pam and Bill. We ask everyone who want to come to please sign up here, and also contact Bill and Pam via e-mail to or phone at 802-345-3773.

The calendar entry in the Springwater Trail website provides detailed logistical information. Please note that we’re asking everyone to bring a dish to pass for dinner Tuesday evening, the 12th, at Bill & Pam’s campsite at Gifford Woods State Park. Wednesday night’s dinner will occur at the Inn at the Long Trail. Everyone is on their own for all other meals.

The hikes are tentatively set as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 Everyone is invited for a short, easy hike along the Appalachian Trail from the campground to Kent Pond late afternoon between 4 and 5.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13
    • Tourists – starting at the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail crossings of Rt. 4 down the west side of Sherburne Pass, the hike will ascend the ridge, continue on the AT where the LT separates, and reach the Deer Leap trail to Deer Leap Rock – a spectacular setting on a large, round open rockface. Returning down the Deer Leap Trail, the hike continues to Sherburne Pass and the Inn at the Long Trail. Total distance of 3.6 miles.

      Additional variations are possible for the Tourists since their hike is rather short. We will discuss these when we get together at the Tuesday night dinner. Some tourists may wish to drive to the base of Killington and ride the gondola to the summit to greet the climbers. A round-trip ride on the gondola costs $30.
    • Climbers – starting at Sherburne Pass, we hike up via the Sherburne Pass Trail to the summit of Killington Peak, the second-highest mountain in Vermont at 4,235′. Total distance is 5.8 miles with an elevation gain of 2,100′. From Killington, we will take the ski gondolas down to the base where we’ll be picked up by the other hikers. Please note the following: (1) you’ll need $15.00 fare for the gondola and (2) dogs are not permitted on the gondolas.
  • Thursday, Sept. 14 Since this is getaway day for many, hike options of 3-4 miles will be discussed Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. For those interested, Bill will lead a short but challenging hike on the Long Trail up to the Great Cliff of Mt. Horrid, with options for extending the hike further along the LT.

Let’s hope for good weather! And again, please notify Bill and Pam if you’re coming and your name is not included above.

STGH – Bully Hill SF hike – Monday8/21/2017

For hikers who may wish to do a group hike on a weekday, and that is within a reasonable driving distance from the Springwater & surrounds area, some hikes led by Southern Tier Greenway Hiking group (STGH) are posted on the ST website as hike opportunities.  Such is the case with this Bully Hill SF hike.  This particular hike is in the general area that ST has hiked in the past and has considered for future additional hikes.  – – –  Here is an opportunity to take up on a hike in Bully Hill SF, for your pleasure, and perhaps to consider as a possible future hike plan for ST.

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 in a past year.  Some STGH hikers have joined-in on some ST hikes, and vice-versa.

Hike led by Southern Tier Greenway Hiking group … description as follows:  

Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 5:00 PM
This hike will be led by Jim Pomeroy on August 21st at 5:00 PM at Bully Hill State Forest near Almond, NY:  loop hike on a segment of the Finger Lakes Trail and return to car via a State Forest Road—you can get a head of stream going down the State Forest Road. 

Jim suggests that the simplest way to meet would be to have people take I-86 east, get off at the Almond/Alfred exit #33 (NOT the West Almond exit), turn left and ​onto Karr Valley Road ​at the end of the exit ramp, proceed uphill on Karr Valley Road ​past the overhead viaducts of I-86 and also past the Bishopville Road​ ​and then​ pull off ​on the ​right side of ​​Karr Valley Road and wait.  Jim will lead a caravan from there to where we will park and start the hike.                              

Hopefully, there will be water in the creek this year as we walk along the Finger Lakes Trail.  Last year, there was no water as it was so dry and the hike was not the same.  We will stop at the neatly built stone wall that intersects the Finger Lakes Trail and explore the building foundations that are the remains of the S. Karr farm.  He owned the farm in 1869.  Last year, we wondered if children played in the yard and what life was like years ago–probably very hard.  We also marveled at all the rocks that had to be picked up to farm the land and how nicely S. Karr fence was made as compared to another farmer who just threw all the rocks in a pile.
** 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.


**Directions delineation:  Drivers & navigators should take note for clarity – in this state forest area there are two similarly named roads that should not be confused.  Karr Valley Road , and Karr Road, are different roads but they are near one another. 
For hikers coming from the Springwater and surrounds area, use these directions with Dansville as point of reference:  (Please note these directions are different than those above that STGH hikers will be using, due to the manner in which exit ramps differentially access Karr Valley Rd.  Most STGH hikers will travel to the hike from sw of Bully Hill SF, and for most ST hikers travel trajectory is from  ne of Bully Hill SF.)
From Dansville, NY: head south on NY Rt 36; to I-86 westbound; to Alfred/Almond exit #33; turn right off the exit ramp onto Karr Valley Rd and proceed eastbound to Bishopville Rd (on the left). On Karr Valley Rd at Bishopville Rd, reverse you direction of travel (turn around 180 degrees) so you are now headed westbound, ​and then​ pull off ​on the ​right side (north shoulder) of ​​Karr Valley Road and wait.  STGH hiker’s cars will be positioned here and waiting, and Jim will lead a caravan from there to where hikers will park and start the hike.

Many of these hyperlinks (links) below have photos, maps, trail routing, etc.  All are provided for hiker edification regarding Bully Hill SF.
Two hyperlinks are provided about hikes in Bully Hill State Forest, courtesy of the website

Additional hyperlinks on topic –

A map my hike link created by one of our own ST hikers in August 2012.

A link to info regarding a ST hike held in August 2012 in this area.

Another link about Bully Hill SF  –

A youtube video of a hike in Bully Hill SF – video by Ed of website.   Depicted in the video is some of the natural beauty held on a hike in Bully Hill SF, and … this video is set to music.

VHT hike at Chimney Bluffs State Park – 8/12/2017

Chimney Bluffs State Park, on the Lake Ontario southern shoreline in eastern Wayne County, just east of Sodus Bay is indeed a unique place, and a quintessential hiking destination.  This locale is distant enough from the Springwater and surrounds area such that not likely that Springwater Trails (ST) would plan a hike here … due to the travel distance.   BUT, HOLD ON, … for those interested in hiking this destination with a group of like minded hikers, well, Victor Hiking Trails (VHT) is leading a hike here on Saturday, August 12, 2017. All hikers are welcome.  And of course, ST & VHT as organizations share numerous common bonds.

This hike will be a good opportunity to see this unique scenic area, and the erosion caused by the high levels of Lake Ontario that have been the case in this 2017 Spring & Summer season.   Chimney Bluffs area is constantly changing due to the geological make-up of this place.  Erosion is a constant here, and increased erosion in 2017 hastens the change and loss at Chimney Bluffs.  The uniqueness of the area is always under constant change, and erosion eventually claims the various geologic formations here, … sometimes sooner rather than later.

Any updated details can be gleaned from the Victor Hiking Trails website.


The published basics of the hike are:

  • VHT will meet in the parking area behind the Victor Town Hall (85 East Main St) at 9am, and carpool to the hike.
  • Hike Chimney Bluffs State Park

    On Saturday, August 12th, Victor Hiking Trails will lead a hike at Chimney Bluffs State Park in Wayne County, NY.

    There are 4 miles of moderate trails through woods, meadows and along the shore of Lake Ontario. Comfortable hiking boots are recommended. Please, no pets on this hike.

    Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, something to drink and a snack.We may stop for lunch on the way home.

    Meet in the rear parking lot of Victor Town Hall, 85 East Main Street, at 9:00 A.M. to carpool to the trailhead. Or meet at the park entrance located at 7700 Garner Road, Wolcott, NY 14590 at 10:15 A.M. There is a $5.00/per car fee.

    Check the website, Facebook, Meetup or the voice message line (234-8226), for additional details.