Trails Day Celebration

Trails Day is a national day of appreciation for trails, and we’re celebrating with two educational hikes and a gathering with our partners at Steuben Brewing Company!

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk with Heather Houskeeper
Expand your knowledge and appreciation for edible and medicinal plants on a leisurely plant walk through Huckleberry Bog with “The Botanical Hiker” Heather Houskeeper. (Map B3 in Hammondsport). Together you will discover the many valuable plants that call this portion of the Finger Lakes Trail home. Learn key traits for identification and how to recognize these plants in other wild places – or in your own backyard! Heather will share methods for sustainable harvest and how to prepare these plants in delicious meals and helpful medicines. This is an easy-moderate hike with many stops along the way! This hike begins at noon. Details about meeting location and parking will be sent to registered hikers the day before the event. 

Working Hike with Michaela Aney
Join the FLTC’s Director of Trail Development Michaela Aney on a working hike through a future section of the Bristol Hills Branch in West Hill Preserve. We are excited to be creating a new route as part of a larger project to create multi-use trails throughout the Preserve. As you hike (and work!) Michaela will talk about trail design and maintenance techniques for sustainable trail. Bring gloves, loppers and/or handsaws if you have them. This hike begins at 10 am. Details about meeting location and parking will be sent to registered hikers the day before the event.

For both hikes wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water and dress for the weather.

Gather after at Steuben Brewing Company for food and some Trail Town Hazy Pale Ale (or the beverage of your choice!) and a portion of the proceeds for each sale will benefit the Finger Lakes Trail Conference.

This event is free but registration is required for the hikes. We’ll send an email to all registered hikers the day before the event with specifics about meeting location and parking.