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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.
I biked northwest from route 251 to the northern terminus at Woolston Rd yesterday. Very nice trail and very well maintained. I especially liked the wooded section north of Fishers with its many creek crossings and elevated right-of-way. I also enjoyed the historical information and artwork along the way. Considering that the railroad was abandoned in 1960, the concrete mileage markers are in great shape, which makes me wonder if they were added more recently.
Rode east on the Auburn Trail from its intersection with the Lehigh Valley Trail. It leaves the railbed between School Street and Maple Avenue. You have the option of taking the footpath routing, or going up School Street to a bit of the same railbed used by the Trolley Trail to the west, and then down Maple Avenue to the trailhead. I walked my bicycle on the footpath going east and the bicycle routing on my return. Rode it to the end and a bit past that to pick up some needed refreshments. It peters out at the eastern end, coming little more than a sidewalk in a residential development. The railroad continues, but is brushed over. There is no physical impediment stopping the trail, so there's hope it will be continued eastward.
I rode the whole length of this trail during a cross-state trip. It is very well maintained though it has a couple road-dependent gaps. There are a lot of historical features to add interest. It is an important green link in a growing semirural/suburban environment.
I really enjoy riding this trail when I want to just relax. You will ride over a well maintained path, some parts are shaded and no real busy intersections to cross. Very, very nice trail.
Took the Auburn Trail from the city of Victor and connected on to the Lehigh Valley Trail which we rode out to Rush NY. The trail is crushed stone and was a beautiful ride. There were plenty of maps and markers to show the different routes and it was a nice cruising path. I used a Hybrid Performance Bicycle with no problems. I saw a lot of families with their children out enjoying the trails on bike, running and walking. We did run across some deer, wood chucks and lot of birds. Definitely worth exploring.
This trail a a gem, well maintained, significant shade. Easy to find, ample/safe parking. There are minimal services though a short excursion to crossroad towns would be easy (Victor, NY is upstate NY cute). Wooden bridge, old rail over/underpasses. Connects to Lehigh Trail. Not much grade/hills. Some fresh gravel and sand. I saw some cyclists on road bikes but a hybrid is a much better fit.
On 7/11/12 and again on 7/16/12 I rode this trail end to end. This trail was a treat to ride. I'm used to hills and some difficulties but there were essentially none on the Auburn. The trail is almost completely finished, offering a smooth well finshed surface and long shady sections end to end. Only the last few trail markers on the north end are lacking, but the trail is easily found and accessed. The surface of the trail is consistant hard-packed crushed dolomite, suitable for casual riders and even some road bikes. I ride a mountain bike with trail/road tires, so had no trouble, and found few loose surface areas and no muddy sections. On the days I visited there were very few other riders, hikers and runners, maybe five folks altogether. This trail offered me a cool casual ride through the country to my destination in Ontario County. In Victor the short street detour takes the rider past shops and restaurants, which is nice for the rider who likes to stop and tour.
This trail was updated in 2009 with stonedust topping from Main Street Fishers to the Victor-Farmington townline. Excellent ride with a few road crossings. You can also connect to the Lehigh Valley Trail that leads west to the towns of Mendon and Rush. Continue west to cross the Genesee River and hook up with the Genesee Valley Greenway which runs from Rochester to Mount Morris, NY and Letchworth State Park.
Look for the extension of the Auburn Trail to the north to connect Fishers with Pittsford, NY, scheduled to be open in 2012.
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