Trails Day Celebration

Trails Day Celebrations

Hammondsport – June 8, 2024

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On Saturday, June 8, please join the Finger Lakes Trail Conference for Trails Day in lovely Hammondsport, NY to celebrate some of the people who make our 1,000-mile hiking trail system possible! We will be thanking our landowners who graciously allow the Finger Lakes trail to cross their property, and our trail maintainers who keep the trail in a hiking ready state.

Trails Day will be held in Champlin Beach Park off NY Rt 54 at the south end of Keuka Lake. Please join us in the Park gazebo right next to the lake at 10:30am to meet other friends of the Finger Lakes Trail and find out more about the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. At 11am there will be a brief awards ceremony in the gazebo. After the awards ceremony you can grab lunch at the food vendors at the Hammondsport Carnival Grounds next door (see below). At 1pm you will have a choice of two family friendly guided hikes on the nearby Finger Lakes Trail. Hikers will meet the hike leaders at the gazebo in Champlin Beach Park and depart from there.

When you arrive for Trails Day please park in the parking area in Champlin Beach Park closest to Keuka Lake and go to the gazebo with the FLT banner. June 8 from 10am -4 pm is also Fluffy’s 2nd Annual Truck and Equipment Show at the Hammondsport Carnival Grounds behind the Hammondsport Fire Department and adjacent to Champlin Park and there will be a lot of people attending this event. After Trails Day event please check out this popular exhibit and demonstration of all sorts of large equipment. There will be all sorts of trucks and large equipment, live demonstrations, activities for kids (including painting a front end loader!) and food vendors.

Please also visit the village of Hammondsport and enjoy the many shops, restaurants, and ice cream stores of Hammondsport. Keuka Creamery is right down the road from Keuka Lake! There are also ample places to shop, eat, hike, bike, and explore.

Registration Closes June 5.

Hikes

The hike leaders will help organize transport to and from the hikes when hikers meet at the gazebo in Champlin Beach Park at 1pm.  All hikes are on FLT Map M12.

Hike #1 – Mitchellsville Gorge: 2.5 miles

Hike Leader: Brian Markham
FLT Map: M12

This is an easy 2.5 mile downhill hike above and along the beautiful Mitchellsville Creek gorge. The hike will begin at the top of the hill on CR13 across a farm field and past a vernal pond. You will pass a register box; (please sign in) and then a Wegmans Passport rubbing station (bring a piece of paper and a pencil to make a rubbing). Next you pass through a lovely hemlock forest along Mitchellsville Creek gorge. Once you reach the flat stream floodplain you will walk briefly on abandoned B&H railroad track, and cross Cold Brook, the inlet for Keuka Lake, on a bridge built by an Alley Cat Crew in 2001. Follow the trail along the edge of a vineyard to CR88, Pleasant Valley Road, and to the trailhead at Town of Urbana Town Hall.

Hike #2 – Triad Trail: 2 miles

Hike Leader: Janet Mcconologue
FLT Map: M12

This is an easy 2 mile hike beginning on Winding Stair Rd and then follows an abandoned road down into a gully and up the other side. Enter the woods and continue downhill along multiple switchbacks to NY54 and Champlin Beach Park. This trail was built as an Eagle Scout Project in 2012.

As always, prepare for the hikes with proper footwear, sunscreen, bug spray, drinking water, and hiking sticks, if desired.

Important Note:

Dog are not permitted at this event.

Registration

Registration Closes June 5