Hikes lead by Springwater Trails are held Sunday afternoons and appear in this calendar in green. To see more events from specific groups, use the Categories dropdown below to select the groups that interest you. We also have a brochure listing all of our hikes.
Dryer Road Park and Ganondagan 4:00 pm
Dryer Road Park and Ganondagan @ Dryer Road Park
Jul 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
CHANGE OF VENUE FROM THE EARLIER PUBLISHED HIKE: This Sunday we will be hiking in and around Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, with initial meeting and a pot-luck social at nearby Dryer Road Park. The three groups will have … Continue reading
Spotted Lanternfly and Other Invasive Landscape Tree Pests 12:00 pm
Spotted Lanternfly and Other Invasive Landscape Tree Pests
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm
Webinar: Tuesday July 16 2019 at 12:00 Noon Register here Speaker: Dr. Lori Spears, USU Assistant Professor Date: Tuesday, July 16, 12:00 pm (MDT) – Please ignore the date in the title; it is an unavoidable posting date and NOT the … Continue reading
Japanese Barberry 9:00 am
Japanese Barberry @ Cumming Nature Center
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Volunteers Needed for Invasive Species Restoration Team! Cumming Nature Center is seeking volunteers to help restore its nature preserve in Naples, NY, this summer, with a kickoff event during Invasive Species Awareness Week! Join us on Thursday, July 11, 2019, … Continue reading
Keuka Outlet Trail Hike or Bike 4:00 pm
Keuka Outlet Trail Hike or Bike @ Seneca Mill Access Parking Area
Jul 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This Sunday people will have the choice of bike riding the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail or hiking a section of it. The trail follows Keuka Lake’s outlet to Seneca Lake, starts in Penn Yan and goes approximately 7 miles to … Continue reading
Fairport Canal Paddle, Hike, or Bike 4:00 pm
Fairport Canal Paddle, Hike, or Bike @ Erie Canal Boat Launch
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This week Springwater Trails will return to the Erie Canal for a walking, biking, or kayaking tour of the Erie Canal through Fairport, NY. The Town of Perinton was established by the New York Legislature in 1812. When the Erie … Continue reading
Naples/Tannery Creeks/Grimes Glen 4:00 pm
Naples/Tannery Creeks/Grimes Glen
Jul 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
42.617844, -77.396354 (Ontario St. Parking Lot) This Sunday we will hike trails on the outskirts of the Village of Naples. The first is the Naples Creek Trail, which follows the eastern edge of Naples Creek within the Hi Tor Wildlife … Continue reading
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Change of plans – the trails at Rattlesnake Hill are in poor condition. We are switching to Johnson Hill Rd
Ontario County Park is a gem hidden in our own back yard. I am anxious to reveal it to those who have not explored its beauty. The fields and forests are peaceful in winter. The view from atop Gannett Hill is inspiring. Our groups will all begin their hikes from there. Not to worry, you will get to do some climbing on the way back up. With so many trails available it is difficult to select the routes. But as hike planner I must make these difficult choices. Of course hike leaders are free to diverge from the plan. Please take a minute to read some history of Ontario County Park. You may also want a brochure showing all of the trails inside the park.To access a brochure with photos and maps of the park trails please go to the following link.
Please come prepared for the weather. It can be cold and windy in February, especially at 2,160 feet elevation. Bring Snowshoes if there is snow cover. Micro spikes or Yax trax would be a good idea in case of slippery footing. Skis would be OK if you ar going to stick to the park and day trails.
The easiest route is to take NY 64 to Bristol Springs and turn west on Gannett Hill Rd. There is a sign indicating Ontario County Park. At the top of the hill turn right onto South Gannett Hill Road. The park entrance is straight ahead. Follow the park road for about .5 miles to our meeting place which is the parking area along the park road near the information kiosk. Look for the Springwater Trails sign.
Naturalists will wander through the park trails in the shelter of hardwoods and pines, following the purple and green loops for approximately 1.5 miles. If they are feeling ambitious, there is also a loop of about .5 miles around a pond near the park entrance. Hopefully Gene will be available to head this group.
Tourists will explore the moderately hilly mountain bike trails that traverse the hillsides, for a total of about 3 miles. Melissa will lead this group.
Climbers can test their endurance on the Finger Lakes trail and/or the yellow loop that leads down the mountain and then back up fro a two hour journey. We will need to recruit a leader for this group.
Social: After our hike, weather permitting, we will picnic in the park at one of the pavilions. Please bring something yummy to share. We will have camp stoves on which to cook or heat things up. If the weather is not conducive to alfresco dining we will convene at Brew and Brats http://www.brewandbrats.com/ in Bristol Springs. Directions will be available at the hike.
By the way, the Ontario Pathways Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner will be held at the Holiday Harbor Club House, Canandaigua, from 4:00 to 8:00 Sunday. Speaker will be Marty Dodge, former FLCC conservation professor. Any hikers interested in attending their meeting (with their yummy dish to pass) are encouraged to do so.
Sunday February 23, 9 a.m. Moderate ~3 mile hike. Meet near the lodge in MaryFrances Bluebird Haven, 235 Victor-Egypt Road (County Road 9), Victor NY. (For location and additional info see http://www.meetup.com/gvhghikes/events/161546772/