Here is your chance to participate in improving and maintaining hiking assets in western New York.
The Finger Lakes Trail Conference is re-routing a portion of the trail in Rock City State Forest on August 2nd, and then again on either August 16th or 30th if the work can’t be completed on August 2nd.
The FLTC coordinator of the project has scheduled the work from 9 am to 3 pm, but I’m sure he will welcome late arriving volunteers as well. Volunteers are needed to do everything from cut brush to move rocks. Bring water and food for yourself. Also bring whatever tools you might have, such as shovels, hoes, bush cutters, etc. But even if you don’t have any tools there will be work to be done and a few extra tools available.
The official meeting location is at the shelter on Little Rock City road where the Finger Lakes Trail crosses Little Rock City Road. However, those who want to do a 1.5 mile hike to the meeting location can park at the end of Stone Chimney Road and hike uphill to the shelter. (More specific directions are set forth below). I will not be going to this event because of my yet-to-be replaced right hip I can’t do much trail work and standing (as opposed to walking) is impossible for any length of time. So instead I am going to hike the previously scheduled hike in Boutwel State Forest. But for those members interested in doing some trail work, here are the specifics. If you have a question about a send me an email and I will then give you the FLTC coordinator’s email and phone number so that you contact him directly with your questions. I don’t want to post his personal information on this public thread.
There will be some paperwork and waivers to be completed because this work is under the jurisdiction of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. This will be a good opportunity to learn about how our trails come to be, and to explore one of the most interesting portions of this section of the FLT. Little Rock City is a true gem that few people in WNY ever bother to visit. This will give you the opportunity to both contribute some sweat equity and enjoy this marvel all in one day.
The meeting point is on Little Rock City Road which is a gravel forest road in the Little Rock City State Forest just south of Ellicottville, NY. (Note that McCarty Hill State Forest is immediately north and east of Rock City Forest so you will see signs for McCarty Hill State Forest as well as drive through a portion of it on your way to the work site.) Little Rock City Road starts from another forest road named Hungry Hollow Road. Hungry Hollow road can be accessed from the east on Route 219 or from the north by taking Whig St from Route 242, or from the east by taking Whig St from Route 353 (Whig Street is a partially paved road that runs north to south from Route 242 to Route 353.) Below is a map of the various routes. This is a link to the GMap4
If you go to this event please post a report in the comments section.