Rob’s Trail is located near the top of Bald Hill between Springwater and Hemlock NY. There are two parking lots, one on the west side of Rt 15A just north of Old Bald Hill Rd South. The other is on the east side of 15A (actually off of Old Bald Hill South). There is a connecting trail between the two parking lots – please watch for traffic while crossing 15A.
From Springwater: Take Rt 15A north. In 6.1 miles, the parking lot is on the left just after the north end of Old Bald Hill Rd South.
From Hemlock: Take Rt 15A south. At 4.7 miles south of the 20A/15A intersection south of Hemlock, the parking lot is on the right.
Jim and Pati Clark are presenting a talk on the history of their Maple Farm and syruo making in Springwater. Join the Springwater – Webster Crossing Hustorical Society for a pancake dinner at 6:30, followed by the talk.
Despite the discouraging weather forecast, four intrepid hikers made the journey to Big Flats for the Sunday Hike. Their fortitude was rewarded. What awaited was a winter wonderland of ice coated trees and soft snow which truly enhanced the serenity.
The steward of the preserve, Bob Corneau, met us at the trailhead and hiked with us through the forest. The deep wet snow slowed our pace which allowed for many observations we might have missed on the fast track. Bob provided much history and many personal stories, having spent countless hours in these acres. He tuned us in to the pulse of the forest and its wildlife as we pondered about pine species, animal tracks, and “yellow snow”. His extensive knowledge of the terrain, the trees, and the reptile population made the two and a half hours fly.
Our education continued during a hearty post-hike feast at the local eatery, Tag’s Tavern. The food, beer, and conversation provided a pleasant conclusion to our adventure.
If you have the opportunity to visit this unique preserve in any season, you will not be disappointed. Read about it at fllt.org/preserves/steegehill-preserve Springwater Trails will definitely be making a return visit.
Ellison Park is a Monroe County Parks System park. Start point for this hike is in the parking lot on the north side of Blossom Rd at the intersection with Ellison Park Rd – the parking lot at the bottom of Blossom Rd hill that is not the “Dog Park” parking lot. Well behaved dogs accompanied by owners are allowed on this Ellison Park hike route, where Gene will be the ST Hike Leader.
This Ellison Park hike route is mostly a flat route for an easy hike, substantially paralleling two bifurcations of Irondequoit Creek, reaching a memorial marker of an Indian trading post and site of Fort Schuyler where a reproduction of the original fort structure is situated.
From the Penfield Town Hall: From Penfield Town Hall utilize the Town Hall’s Atlantic Av drive. Turn right heading westbound on Atlantic Av, to the 4-way intersection with Creek St and Blossom Rd. Turn left onto Blossom Rd and proceed on Blossom Rd to the Ellison Park parking lot on the right immediately after crossing Ellison Park Rd.