||Wayne County Trails
Black Brook Park on the Enlarged Erie Canal
West of the Village of Clyde on Old Route 31. Parking at Lock Berlin
Park, Peters Road or Black Brook Park, off Old Route 31 Hiking Time/
Distance: at 2.75 Miles Linear, 5.5 miles round trip. Features: one of the
"Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal" trails. A historic site of the Enlarged
Erie Canal on over 20 acres. Wooded trail parallels Clinton's Ditch and
the Enlarged Erie Canal, crossing old foundations and locks.
In Pultneyville, off Lake Road. Onto Maken Road. Parking at the Water
Treatment Facility. Hiking Time: varying time allowed. Difficulty:
gentle trail, some boardwalks. Accessible to walkers, bikes, equestrian.
Features: wooded area with added pond loop.
Canandaigua Road, Dolomite Trail
Parking is off Canandaigua Road, South of Atlantic Avenue and opposite
the Walworth Town Barns, near Freewill Elementary School.
Hiking Time/Distance: approximately 1.6 miles. Features: trail begins
through Pampas grass marsh and meets up with game trail on a ridge
overlooking neighboring farms. Descend the ridge, and head south before
turning back uphill via pine trees. Rejoin main route and continue
southwest to loop at end of property. Enter wetlands following path to
marsh pond observation deck (to be added). Return to parking lot via
winding wooded area.
Casey Park Ore Bed
Parking is available at Casey Park off Knickerbocker Road, north of
Route 104 in Ontario. Hiking Time/Distance: approx. 2 miles. Hiking
times will vary. Difficulty: south side of trail is wide dirt path, but north
side of trail traverses a narrow ridge. Care must be taken (no bicycles).
Features: the abandoned iron ore bed is a narrow waterway. Hiking
along the southern shore begins at the swimming area. The wide path
is packed dirt. At the west edge of the ore bed, the path narrows and
climbs to return on the north shore, high on a narrow ridge.
Chimney Bluffs State Park Trail
Main parking area is off Garner Road, Wolcott. Distance/Hiking Time:
2+ miles. Top trail is about 1 mile and continues down on the beach to
return to parking lot. Caution should be exercised when near the Bluffs
edge. Features: land and water clash at Chimney Bluffs, sculpting the
most dramatic landscape on the Lake Ontario shore. You can experience
massive earthen spires from above or along the lakeshore.
Enlarged Erie Canal, Lock 56
Parking on County House Road. NW of Route 31 in Lyons. Hiking
Time/Distance: linear 1.44 miles with a lot of history, so hiking time
will vary with interest. Features: enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 56 (also
called the Poor House Lock) is located in the Town of Lyons, Wayne
County, N.Y., approximately 2.5 miles west of the village of Lyons, N.Y.
It is a double-chamber lock, with the north chamber double-length. The
eastern end of the trail features a working dry dock, winter home to the
Colonial Belle and the Tugboat Urger.
Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve
From Route 31 in Macedon, turn south on Route 306 (Wayneport Road).
Turn east onto Wilkinson Road. At the crest of the hill turn south onto
Bunker Hill Drive. Follow Bunker Hill Drive to the end and park in the
gravel area adjacent to the water tower. The trail into the preserve starts
at that point. (Trail development in progress.) Property can be very wet
in the spring. Dress for poison ivy. Distance/Hiking Time: West Side
(Bunker Hill Drive Trailhead): loop approx. 1 mile, with various spur
trails throughout the meadow. East Side (Victor Road Trailhead): 0.76
miles. Features: This preserve, donated to the Genesee Land Trust in
1966 by the Kesselring Family, is made up of an upland area of hardwoods,
wildflowers and shrubs, the winding Ganargua Creek crossing a
broad floodplain, and an open meadow where food and cover for birds
and other animals is abundant. There is exceptional butterfly habitat
in the meadow.
Historic Village of Lyons
Where NYS Routes 31 and 14 meet in the village, south of the Canal.
Parking available. Hiking Time/Distance: approx. 1½ miles 1 hour or
more depending on stops at buildings and museums. Difficulty: easy
walking paths and sidewalks. Features: Canal Locks, historic buildings/
museums, parks, and murals of historic Lyons.
Huckleberry Swamp is located outside the village of North
Rose. From Route 104, turn south on Brick Schoolhouse Road. Take
Brick Schoolhouse Road until it ends at Catchpole Road then turn right.
Huckleberry Swamp is just ahead on the left. Hiking Time: 1 hour or
more depending on stops. Note: Closed on Mondays and winters. Difficulty:
Easy with some boardwalks. Limited to hiking only. Features:
79 acres of diverse, high quality wetlands for bird and wildlife habitat
conservation. A wildlife observation deck and boardwalk meanders
through a variety of wetland habitats including emergent marsh, Green
Ash Wetland, and Red Maple Wetland. Huckleberry Swamp provides
significant functions including storm water retention, groundwater recharge,
wildlife habitat, and possibly rare plant habitat. Springtime heron
Route 88 north of Newark. Turn east on Mud Mills Road.
Turn north on Welcher Road, Norsen Road. Left at bend of Welcher
Road. Trailhead is at dead end of Norsen Road. In Newark. Distance/
Hiking Time: 0.7 miles. Features: The Kraai Preserve trail offers a
beautiful walk through native woodland and through a large variety of native
wildflowers in the spring. The trail winds through the woodland
parallel to Ganargua Creek and, at several points throughout the trail,
offers overlooks on the stream bank itself. The property directly west
of the Preserve can also be seen at various spots along the trail - this
property is leased by Peacework Organic Farm - which adds beautiful
farmland vistas to the walk.
Access is on North Clinton Street. In the Village of Newark.
The trail runs between N. Clinton and Lyons Street, just north of Route
31 and south of the present Erie Canal. Hiking Time/Distance: 1/4 mile.
Features: Path winds besides and through structures of Old Enlarged
Erie Locks 58 and 59. At the time of this printing, a Peregrine Falcon is
nesting in the "Lockville" area. He can sometimes be seen perched in a
tree, checking the menu around the Clinton Street bridge. Sometimes
soaring around to grab a quick lunch. He needs to be protected, ie. Left
alone, viewed and enjoyed from afar.
Montezuma Audubon Trail
From the intersection of Route 89 and 31 in the hamlet of
Savannah, take Route 89 north approximately 2 miles. The Montezuma
Audubon Center is on the left. Parking is available in the lot. The trail
system starts at the north end of the Center. Hiking Distance/Time: 1
mile. Features: The Warbler Loop Walk begins at the Montezuma
Audubon Center and passes by an observation platform that overlooks
a restored marsh where you can often see raptors such as red-tailed
hawks and osprey, red-winged blackbirds and swallows. The path takes
hikers through a diverse forest of hemlock, aspen and maple and then
winds through grasslands, home to Northern Harriers and Savannah
Palmyra Wetland Nature Trail
On Maple Avenue, ¼ mile north of the "Four Church" corner
in the center of the Village of Palmyra. Hiking Time/Distance: One
mile, connected to Erie Canalway Trail, for up to 12 miles in Town of
Palmyra. One hour or more, depending on time at points of interest.
Difficulty: Gentle trail, with some narrow points. Features: Rich in both
natural and historical interest. Wetlands formed in excavations of the
original Erie Canal. Self-guiding Trail Booklet describes flora and fauna
at each of 14 sites along the trail. Good for interest in hiking, birding,
jogging, mountain biking, and history of Erie Canal. Easy access to
Aqueduct Park, Aldrich Change Bridge and Lock 29.
Sherburne Road Nature Trail
Difficulty: Easy. Features: Birding, observation deck, wetlands, various
plants and trees to identify, and snake boards.
Sodus-Wallington Rail Trail
Trail access is North from Route 104 at Geneva Road. Hiking
Time/Distance: 3 mile Linear Trail, 6 mile round trip. Time will
vary. Difficulty: Easy - suitable for hiking, skiing or bikes; motorized
atvs and snowmobiles welcome. A wonderful multi-use trail. Features:
Abandoned rail bed follows wooded path to the village of Sodus Point
and the abandoned round house. Access to Sodus Point Business area
at north end of trail.
Town Loop Trail
Marker is located adjacent to map in Town Park off Eddy
Road. Trail can also be accessed from Route 104, by Sundaze or at the
Town Hall/Library Complex on Route 21. Hiking Time/Distance: 4.2
miles - Time to hike varies. Difficulty: A few steep hills - with great
views. Much is easy walking. Features: The loop traverses woods,
fields, and village streets. There are wonderful views of Lake Ontario
on a clear day and rolling farmlands from the top of "Herbert.s Hill".
Access to town, services, and restaurants is available at several points.