Royalton Ravine

This hike is in conjunction with the NYS Outdoor Adventure Group (meet up).

The Royalton Ravine Park is located on Gasport Road in the Town of Royalton. It is a perfect setting for a family picnic or anyone wishing to get back to nature. The park offers four shelters available for rentals, a fishing pond and restrooms within its 146 acres. There are several miles of nature trails that wind along both sides of the ravine that runs through the park. You will find a wooden suspension footbridge, a waterfall and historic homestead ruins as you travel along the trails as well as many varieties of flora and fauna.


History:

The historic ruins mentioned above are a little known part of national history. The ruins of the homestead that lie within Royalton Ravine Park are where Belva Lockwood was born; the first woman ever admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court and the first woman to ever run for President of the United States. Ms. Lockwood was born in Royalton in 1830. She attended Genesee College, which later merged with Syracuse University, and upon graduation, at age 27, she was appointed principal of the former Lockport Union School District.

Later on, at age 38, she attended what is now known as George Washington University Law School. Upon the completion of her course studies, she and the other women were not permitted to participate in the graduation ceremonies and were denied their diplomas. Ms. Lockwood appealed to President Ulysses S. Grant by letter and within one month’s time, she received a diploma signed by the President and was admitted to the Washington D.C. Supreme Court Bar. Five years later, after much hard work, Belva Lockwood was the first woman to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and be admitted to the bar of the United States Court of Claims.

Ms. Lockwood believed wholeheartedly in equal rights and shared political opinions and kept company with well known Women’s Rights activists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Belva Lockwood is officially recognized by the Smithsonian as the first woman to ever run for President. In 1884 and 1888, Ms. Lockwood was nominated for the Office of President of the United States by the Equal Rights Party and chose Marietta Stow as her running mate. She was, of course, unsuccessful and suffered much criticism during her campaigns from both men and women. In her later years, Ms. Lockwood’s specialty in equal rights claims against the government led her to pursue and win the largest payment awarded to a Native American Tribe for land taken by the U.S. Government.

Belva Lockwood also pursued a career in international law and diplomacy. In the late 1880’s she was actively involved in the Universal Peace Union and attended International Peace Congresses in Paris, London, and Milan as well as one in Rome at the age of 81. She served as secretary of the Washington office of the International Peace Bureau, which she helped to establish in Switzerland. In 1896, Ms. Lockwood was appointed by the U.S. Government as delegate to the Congress of Charities and Corrections held in Geneva, Switzerland and at the age of 83, she went to Budapest, Hungary as dean of twenty ambassadors to the Women’s Convention. She also served on the nominating committee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Belva Lockwood was honored in a historic “Women of Distinction” exhibit in the Legislative Office Building in Albany and her portrait hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Let's get together for a Saturday afternoon hike at the Royalton Ravine Park, also known as the Victor Fitchlee Park. We'll explore all the trails within the park. Meet in the parking area, located about 3/10's of a mile from the intersection of Rochester Rd/NYS Route 31 and Gasport Rd. Terrain: Easy to moderate, with a few steep sections.

Pace: Moderate to Fast

Leashed dogs are more than welcome on the hike.

Proper footwear is essential.


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  • Beth L.

    Great Hike!!

    February 2

  • Larry M.

    I so enjoyed the pics. This is the first Sat we haven't used our new micro spikes or snowshoes and the pics were some comfort.

    February 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was awesome. The weather was mild and the snow was falling. One of those perfect intimate hikes with the perfect group of people. Great sharing the afternoon with Kathy, Bella, Shruti, Beth and Dave K!

    1 · February 1

  • Beth L.

    My friend can't make it so just I will attend. That should open a spot for someone...

    January 31

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks forupdating your RSVP Beth. See you tomorrow.

      January 31

  • Larry M.

    5 spaces, 8 spaces? Sure makes it tough to participate.

    January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The hike is being held in conjunction with both the WNY Outdoor Adventure Group and the Hike NYS and Beyond group (both on meet up). The WNY group currently has 2 spots left. If you are not already a member, you may want to become one.

      January 27, 2014

  • Cecelia S.

    Can't make this I will be hiking in Nevada; I've been to this park, nice trails.

    January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Have a wonderful time in Nevada...hope to see you soon Cecelia.

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Susan: can you tell me about the Hike New York State and Beyond group. thanks

    January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is a meet up group that was formerly known as Hike the Adirondacks. It was run by a friend of mine who was going to dissolve the group, because of lack of interest in events. He appointed me as his assistant organizer, with the intention of offering hikes throughout all regions of New York State and in neighboring states such as Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ontario Canada.

      January 13, 2014

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