Join us for the Finger Lakes Trail Conference’s newly revived Trails Day Celebration!
The Finger Lakes Trail Conference will host the 2nd annual Trails Day Celebration on Saturday, October 2 at Steuben Brewing Company in Hammondsport, NY. This event, created in partnership with the Steuben County Visitors Bureau (SCVB) in 2019, was cancelled in 2020. We are excited to be working once again with SCVB and with our new partners at Steuben Brewing Company to offer a unique event for trail lovers and outdoor enthusiasts – and we are especially grateful to Presenting Sponsor Outside Chronicles for making this event possible!
The Trails Day Celebration promotes outdoor recreation while showcasing the Finger Lakes Trail as one of our region’s most valuable recreational assets. The event features guided hikes and biking tours of the scenic Finger Lakes region in Steuben County, with family-friendly activities, local food, and live entertainment at one of the region’s premier farm breweries, Steuben Brewing Company. It is both a fundraiser for the FLTC and an event that showcases and celebrates all that Steuben County has to offer.
Hikes and bike rides begin at 10 am. Activities at the Brewery follow from 1 – 7 p.m. No registration is needed for the general event, but you MUST sign up in advance for hikes and bike rides! Registration is handled through EventBrite.
|Hike #||Map #||Name||Location/Parking||Leader(s)||Distance/Difficulty/||Description|
|1||B3||Huckleberry Bog Loop||Parking is available at the trailhead on Bean Station Road (shoulder parking). GPS Coordinates: N 42 28.669 W 77 14.526||Ann Bayley||4.5 mile loop; Moderate.||This beautiful nature loop features a trail around a bog with an interpretive nature guide. The only hike of its kind on the Finger Lakes Trail!|
|2||M12||Mitchellsville Gorge||Parking is available at Urbana Town Hall||Lori Chiarelli||Depending on group dynamics and abilities, this can be either a 2.5 or 5 mile out-and-back; Moderate.||Enjoy a lovely hike through a vineyard, over a bridge and up into the woods for dramatic views into the gorge of Mitchellsville Creek.|
|3||B3||Lake David Hike||Parking is on Mitchellsville Rd. at Access 13 on Map B3 (GPS Coordinates: 42.4262, -77.2953 or N42 25.5749 W77 17.7152)||Lori Ondrejka & Pete Hagmire||Depending on group dynamics and abilities, this can be either a 2.4 or 5 mile out-and-back.||Enjoy this beautiful out-and-back hike on the scenic Bristol Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail just outside of Mitchellsville, New York. This hike includes a steep uphill (300 ft. of elevation in about ½ mile), along a spectacular ravine, a serene walk around Lake David, and an array of different types of woods.|
|4||M12||Triad Trail/Main FLT/June Bug Loop||Parking is available at Curtiss Museum||Donna Noteware||7 mile loop; moderate to difficult.||Enjoy this lovely and challenging hike on some fun FLT spur trails! Starting at the Curtiss Museum (check it out after if you have some time!), we’ll take Back Valley Road to the Triad Trail, which goes up to Winding Stair Road on the Main FLT over to the June Bug Trail. The hike includes a steep uphill (600 ft elevation gain) , a flat stretch on the main Finger Lakes Trail, an array of different types of woods, a nice view of Keuka Lake, and a nice steep downhill on the June Bug Trail. 7|
|Ride #||Description||Strava Route||Leader(s)|
|1||Join the Pedal for Pilsners Bicycle Club on a fun and challenging ride enjoying the region. The ride is a mix of gravel and road through the hills of Pulteney and Prattsburgh. 42+ miles (gravel or MTB only, rated moderate to challenging).||https://www.strava.com/routes/2871042685768690064||Steuben Brewing Company|
|2||Join the Pedal for Pilsners Bicycle Club on a fun ride enjoying the region. The ride is a mix of gravel and road through the hills of Pulteney and Prattsburgh. 27+ miles (gravel or MTB only, rated moderate to challenging).||https://www.strava.com/routes/2871448418656705198||Steuben Brewing Company|
Join us back at the Brewery after your hike or bike ride, or just come in the afternoon for family-friendly activities like the Face 2 Face Race from Adventures in Climbing (2-6 p.m.), and visit with our vendors and hiking clubs from across the state (1-4 p.m.)!
Around the Corner Catering will be serving up tacos, and you can enjoy local meets and cheeses from The Cheese Bus, and ice cream from Seneca Farms from 1 – 7 p.m. And of course, you can enjoy a myriad of fresh brews from Steuben Brewing Company! Their Trail Town Hazy Pale Ale will be on tap and available for purchase. A portion of proceeds from all sales benefits the Finger Lakes Trail Conference.
Stick around in the evening (4-7 p.m.) for free live entertainment with Dylan Doyle: “Southern born, Northern raised, Dylan Doyle has been steeped in everything from Bob Dylan, Wes Montgomery, and Bill Withers to John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band. From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the delta of Roots, Rock, and Jazz, giving him a style that defies classification.”
Please consider supporting this event with a sponsorship or by donating items for auctions and raffles. Your donation is tax deductible and will be recognized here, in the FLTC’s quarterly publication FLT News, in our e-newsletter Footnotes (mailed to more than 9,000 subscribers), and in event promotions on social media.
We hope you will join us for this exciting event celebrating the Finger Lakes Trail!
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
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