A long-standing gap in the section of the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park between Little Black Creek heading south to the CSX Railroad track in Chili has been newly paved to provide full access to the trail without having to detour onto Scottsville Road.
The three quarters of a mile reestablished trail results in three continuous miles of paved Greenway Trail extending from Genesee Valley Park to the rail crossing.
A celebration, including a brief ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 11:00 am at Little Black Creek Park on Scottsville Road in Chili to ‘officially’ connect the trail. The public is encouraged to attend.
Following the ribbon cutting a guided one-mile hike will include the new trail section. A three-mile guided bike ride will also be offered on the new section of the trail as well as the existing pave portion that follows the Genesee River to Genesee Valley Park.
The GVG State Park event on September 30 is planned in conjunction with two national celebrations designed to highlight the importance and benefits of parks and other public lands.
Adventure Cycling Association’s “Bike Your Park Day” is designed to encourage exploration of parks and public lands by bicycle and National Environmental Education Foundation’s “National Public Lands Day,” which hopes to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health.
The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is a 90-mile multi-use trail that follows the historic route of the Genesee Valley Canal (1840-1878) and Pennsylvania Railroad, Rochester Branch (1882-1963). It passes through scenic woodlands, river and stream valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, and historic villages extending through four counties and 16 towns from its intersection with the Erie Canalway Trail and Genesee Riverway Trail in Genesee Valley Park to the Village of Cuba in Allegany County. Presently, more than 60 miles of trail are open to the public for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and, in some locations, snowmobiling.
The GVG State Park event is a project of the Friends of The Genesee Valley Greenway. For more information on the Friends group visit FOGVG.org or call 585 658-2569