The Auburn Trail is a major cross-town, multi-use pathway, which provides connections to other trails and an up-close view of one of the oldest railroad buildings in the country.
Start in Farmington at Mertensia Park. Shortly after leaving the park, the trail passes through a residential development. At Victor Road (about 0.75 mile) you encounter your first detour. Follow Victor Road to Break of Day Road to a left turn onto Brace Road and back to the rail corridor. The detour is about 0.9 mile long on residential streets with light traffic.
Back on the trail, Victor Hills Golf Club is on the left. A little farther along, a restored train station and boxcars have been repurposed for business use. Just past these landmarks is the second and last on-road detour. Turn right on Maple Street, cross the railroad tracks and turn left onto Railroad Avenue. After one block, turn left onto School Street to return to the trail. To explore the shops and restaurants in the village of Victor, stay straight on Maple Street one block beyond Railroad Avenue until you reach Main Street.
The trail is much more rural beyond Victor. Seneca Trail
, a 7.5-mile hiking trail, branches right. In another 1.8 miles the trail passes under the Lehigh Valley Trail
. To significantly boost your mileage, follow the Lehigh Valley Trail 15 miles west to the Genesee Valley Greenway
Next up on the Auburn Trail is Fishers, where the trail cuts through the parking lot of the Fishers Fire Company and passes the second oldest railroad feature in the U.S.a cobblestone pumping station. The station supplied water to the steam engines that traveled this line from 1841, when the Auburn and Rochester Railroad began operation, through the 1853 consolidation into the New York Central Railroad.
A large railroad tunnel whisks you under the New York State Thruway (I-90) and continues to Woolston Road at Railroad Mills Road.
To reach Mertensia Park in Farmington: From I-90 (New York State Thruway) exit onto State Route 332 South. Go approximately 1.5 miles to State Route 96 (Victor-Manchester Road) turn right. After about 0.5 mile turn left on Mertensia Road. Trail parking, at Mertensia Park, is on the right.
To reach Maple Avenue in Victor: From I-90 exit onto State Route 332 South. Go approximately 1.5 miles to State Route 96 (Victor-Manchester Road), and turn right. After 1.9 miles turn left onto Main Street in Victor. Turn left onto Maple Avenue in about 0.7 mile. Parking is on the right at the former railroad station.
To reach Main Street in Fishers: From I-90 exit onto State Route 332 South. Go approximately 1.5 miles to State Route 96 (Victor-Manchester Road) turn right. After 1.9 miles turn left onto Main Street in Victor, which becomes Victor-Pittsford Road. In about 4 miles turn left onto Main Street in Fishers. Parking is on the left behind the fire station.