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Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

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Genesee Valley Greenway
1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY 14427

The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is a 90-mile open space corridor that follows the route of the Genesee Valley Canal (1840-1878) and the Pennsylvania Railroad Rochester Branch (1882-1963) from the Erie Canalway Trail in Rochester's Genesee Valley Park to the Village of Cuba in Allegany County. The Greenway will eventually extend to Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County.

It includes a public, multi-use trail and natural and historic resources. The majority of the trail is an old railway bed that is a straight, level surface consisting of cinders, gravel and mowed grass. The Greenway passes through woodlands, wetlands, river and stream valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, and historic villages in sixteen towns located in Monroe, Livingston, Wyoming, Allegany, and Cattaraugus counties.

Like other abandoned towpaths and rail beds across the country, the Genesee Valley Greenway provides opportunities for public recreation, an off-road link to communities, parks, other trails, attractions in the region and preservation of open space and the natural and cultural resources in the corridor. The GVG connects to the Genesee River Trail, Finger Lakes Trail, Erie Canal Recreation Way, the  Erie Attica Trail and the Lehigh Valley Trail.

Natural Features:

  • The continuity of the corridor creates a 'tunnel of green' and acts as a physical link between adjacent habitats providing an important bridge for organisms.

Historical Features:

  • Black Creek Canal Culvert
  • Belfast warehouse - The only surviving canal warehouse on the greenway, and locks.
  • Chili, Monroe County and Oakland, Livingston County Location: Old railway bridges and bridge abutments.
  • Oakland: Locks
  • Interpretive Signage is provided along the trail at key locations.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park is open year round.

  • Dawn to dusk, daily.

    *Park hours and facility operations are subject to change. Patrons are encouraged to contact the park directly to confirm operating hours before traveling.

After decades of succession from the abandonment of the railroad, the trail provides a great diversity of alien weedy species combined with the spreading native species from adjoining woodlands, fields, wetlands and river and stream valleys. Besides the hundreds of flowers, more than forty species of trees, shrubs and vines can be found in just a few miles of trail. Woody plant diversity is impressive including spruce, pine, cedar, tuliptree, cucumber tree, spicebush, sassafras, moonseed, sycamore, witch hazel, hackberry, elm, hickory, beech, oak, alder, birch, hornbeam, basswood, cottonwood, aspen, willow, shad, hawthorn, cherry, rose, ash, locust, autumn olive, dogwood, buckthorn, creeper, grape, bladdernut, maple, sumac, ivy, tree-of-heaven, prickly-ash, honeysuckle, elderberry and viburnum.

With spreading views of the Genesee River meanders and the scattered remaining ancient oaks of the valley, the corridor is also home to thousands of animals. Amongst the familiar mammals such as squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks, fox and deer are the most numerous insects that include the colorful butterflies such as swallowtails, whites, sulphurs, hairstreaks, blues, fritillaries, crescents, commas, admirals, monarchs, browns and skippers. Birds occur year-round and amongst the summer diversity are woodpeckers, flycatchers, jays, crows, titmice, nuthatches, wrens, thrushes, catbirds, waxwings, vireos, warblers, tanagers, cardinals, buntings, towhees, sparrows and finches.

Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day (Hinsdale)
Saturday, May 1, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

All project start time: 9AM Project end time: 12PM

Meeting Location: Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Department – 3832 Main St., Hinsdale, 14743

Special Instructions: After checking in, volunteers can park closer to the trail head on Old Rd 16 or walk from meeting location.

Volunteer Project #1: Clean-up of the Greenway - A general cleaning of Genesee Valley Greenway State Park in Hinsdale. Check-in, pick up a T-shirt (while supplies last) and a heavy-duty garbage bag, then head out onto the trail. We are asking volunteers to pick up litter, garbage, rake, and remove the small sticks that are scattered along the trail after our winter storms. Because of COVID, masks are required, social distancing will be observed, and we will not be able to provide water or snacks. Ages: All ages welcome Please bring: Garden gloves, rakes, insect repellant, water, and snacks.

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Registration: Required
Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day (Cuba)
Saturday, May 1, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

Meeting Location: Greenway Gazebo - Bull St., Cuba

Volunteer Project #1: Painting Trail Gate- Part 1. Paint and Tool pick up Project Location: Volunteers will be notified in advance of May 1 Volunteers for this project must register by April 25 and will be contacted to identify the location of their adopted gate. Two volunteers will be assigned to a given gate and family members or friends are encouraged to request working as pairs when registering. Volunteers will be assigned a partner if necessary Paint and tools pick up: between 9-10AM Paint and tools drop off: between 4-5PM Teams may elect to paint more than one gate and to also paint on Sunday. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up Please bring: Garden gloves

Volunteer project #2: Greenway Clean Up - A general cleaning of Genesee Valley Greenway State Park in the Village of Cuba. Check-in, pick up a T-shirt (while supplies last) and a heavy-duty garbage bag. Then pick a section of trail between the Bull St parking lot and area. We are asking volunteers to pick up litter, rake, and remove the small sticks that are scattered along the trail after our winter storms. Because of COVID, masks are required, social distancing will be observed, and we cannot provide water and snacks. Start time: 10:00 AM End time: 12:30 PM Ages: All ages welcome Please bring: Garden gloves, rakes, insect repellent, water, and snacks.

Register

Registration: Required
Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day (Mt. Morris)
Saturday, May 1, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

Meeting Location: Canawaugus Park, Village of Scottsville parking lot

Project #1: Painting Trail Gate- Part 1. Paint and Tool pick up Project Location: Volunteers will be notified in advance of May 1 Volunteers for this project must register by April 25 and will be contacted to identify the location of their adopted gate. Two volunteers will be assigned to a given gate and family members or friends are encouraged to request working as pairs when registering. Volunteers will be assigned a partner if necessary Paint and tools pick up: between 9-10AM Paint and tools drop off: between 4-5PM Teams may elect to paint more than one gate and to also paint on Sunday. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up Please bring: Garden gloves

Project #2: Greenway Trail Clean-up - A general cleaning of Genesee Valley Greenway State Park in the Village of Mt. Morris. Check-in and pick up a heavy-duty garbage bag. Then pick a section of trail between the parking lot near the RG&E building by the bridge over the Genesee River, and the Connor Avenue area. We are asking volunteers to pick up litter, rake, and remove the small sticks that are scattered along the trail after our winter storms. Start time: 10:00 AM End time: 12:30 PM Ages: All ages welcome Please bring: Garden gloves, rakes, insect repellent, water, and snacks.

Register

Registration: Required
Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day (Canawaugus)
Saturday, May 1, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

Meeting Location: Canawaugus Park, Village of Scottsville parking lot

Project #1: Painting Trail Gate- Part 1. Project Location: Volunteers will be notified in advance of May 1 Volunteers for this project must register by April 25 and will be contacted to identify the location of their adopted gate. Two volunteers will be assigned to a given gate and family members or friends are encouraged to request working as pairs when registering. Volunteers will be assigned a partner if necessary Paint and tools pick up: between 9-10AM Paint and tools drop off: between 4-5PM Teams may elect to paint more than one gate and to also paint on Sunday. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up Please bring: Garden gloves

Project #2: Trash Pick up on Greenway - A general cleaning of Genesee Valley Greenway State Park in the Village of Scottsville. Check-in and pick up a heavy-duty garbage bag. Then pick a section of trail. Scottsville-West Henrietta Rd (Rt 253) is almost a full mile north while Quaker Rd (Rt 251) is almost a full mile south. Don't forget the George Bridge! We are asking volunteers to pick up litter, rake, and remove the small sticks that are scattered along the trail after our winter storms. Location: Along GVG in Scottsville Area Start time: 10:00 AM End time: 12:30 PM Ages: All ages welcome Please bring: Garden gloves, rakes, insect repellent, water, and snacks.

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Registration: Required

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