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To reach Rochester from I-390 exit onto Scottsville Road/State Route 383. Turn left onto Scottsville Road. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Genesee Park Boulevard. At the T-intersection turn right again. There is a large parking lot on the left near the tennis courts. At the rear of the parking lot, you will find the Canalway Trail. Follow this trail to the west (don't cross the bridge) to the start of the Genesee Valley Greenway.
There is a large parking area for trail users on the north side of US Route 20 (Telephone Road) to the west of the village of Avon. From Avon, take US Route 20/State Route 5 west. Stay on US 20/Telephone Road. There is a large parking lot on the north side of US 20 before the intersection with River Road.
To reach other access areas along the rest of the length, contact:
Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway
P.O. Box 42
Mt. Morris, NY 14510
Scenic trail. Easy riding. As of 7/7/18 trail is closed north of 305. I rode north from Black Creek crosses 305 to a shut down trail.
I did the 1-mile section in Cuba, NY and found it extremely bumpy. I searched for access points in Black Creek and Belfast and couldn't find them. Heading north, I couldn't find the access on Batzing Rd. the first time but found it the next day after getting used to the difficulty of finding this trail. Many access points don't have parking. York Landing does but you can only go a short distance north before a huge break in the trail.
In Piffard, I parked in an industrial lot across from Yard of Ale and rode a few miles south before encountering a closed gate with very high grass beyond.
Finally, I parked at an access point on Batzing Rd. and rode north hoping to get to Rochester but didn't see the sign for the detour at Ballantyne Rd. and continued to the train tracks. That section has a sign about the Black Creek culvert. Took the on-road detour but didn't make it to Rochester.
All in all, a very frustrating experience and rough riding. Parts of the trail are nice but on hot days there can be a lot of sun exposure. I liked the intersection of the trail with the Lehigh Valley trail between mile markers 12 and 13. There's a very nice bridge there that was the highlight of my ride and the remnants of a stone bridge.
Biked the trail southward from a parking area on the east side of RT. 19, just south of Caneadea. First part is grass and fairly smooth and level. After a somewhat dangerous crossing of Rt. 19 to the west side the trail soon enters a shady section. This was wet and muddy with a large tree blocking the path. It also had not been cut recently. Definitely need a mountain bike on this trail. We turned around after about 2.5 miles.
Rode from Jefferson Rd (252) to the Lehigh Valley trail. Nice and flat. Just south of Erie Station Rd there are a few huge trees that came down obstructing the trail that you have to kind of climb through (watch out for poison ivy). Otherwise a very nice ride.
Parked at mile 18 on north side of route 20. Bicycled south to mile 28 and then back. Terrain was reasonably flat and passed farms and Genesee river. Was a washout around mile 24 with a small detour around but had to walk bikes down and backup a somewhat muddy hill. While the trail was wide, the bike portion was challenging because you only had a six inch rut in many places of packed earth to follow and being fall some ruts were filled with leaves,or twigs and fruit that fell from the trees, but if you like to ride slowly it was fine. The route was mostly shaded, reasonably dry (it rained the day before) and the section south of the washout was better. Overall it was an enjoyable ride and the weather was quite pleasant.
I parked in the Cuylerville parking lot and road this trail from there to Mt. Morris and back. Then I went in the opposite direction and rode to York and back.
It was a great ride and very easy that most anyone could do it. Not only was the biking great, but I would also recommend it for runners and horse back riders.
There are benches all along the way spaced out about every 1/3 mile. The terrain is mainly level. A good ride for families of all ages.
One of the best trails in Western, NY for horseback riding. The footing is second to none and miles of trail for riding every gait. This trail is not to be missed. Other trail users are very polite to equestrians which is a major plus.
I lived in Chili in the late 90s and biked this trail several days a week. I absolutely love it and I miss it. I live in colorado now and think about how much i enjoyed this trail. I loved packing a lunch and riding through the woods and behind the farms. I often spotted deer and other wild life and loved coming home with muddy legs after a good, long ride. I hope to ride it agin some day and am please to find photos online of it. This is truly the best trail in Monroe county!
As the map suggests, the Greenway is not continuous yet. In one important place there's a discontinuity that the map doesn't reflect. When the trail emerges from the woods south of Rochester at the intersection of Scottsville Rd and Paul Rd, it just ends. There are no sidewalks, bike lanes, or share-the-road markings along Scottsville. The map shows the trail continuing south on Scottsville, but this is inaccurate.
In fact, cyclists have to ride on Scottsville Rd, which has a generous shoulder going south, but very little shoulder going north. Car and truck traffic travels at 50mp here. After crossing Black Creek, cyclists can connect with the Black Creek Rd parking / fishing area, but it's more difficult than suggested by the TrailLink (and now Google) map.
Google StreetView will confirm this, and they even captured a cyclist going the wrong way in the shoulder of Scottsville Rd: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=I-390+N&daddr=S+Livonia+Rd%2FNY-15+N+to:I-390+N&geocode=&hl=en&mra=ls&dirflg=b&sll=42.726839,-77.346497&sspn=0.595201,1.454315&ie=UTF8&ll=43.095066,-77.680107&spn=0,0.003862&t=h&z=19&lci=bike&layer=c&cbll=43.095146,-77.680044&panoid=yQbaaMAZStC7i5Acktt2JQ&cbp=12,139.21,,0,16.56
This error won't deter experienced cyclists, but it should be corrected for the sake of
I stayed overnight in a hotel that was literally 100 yards from the trail. No one seemed to know it existed or how to find it. This is a fantastic trail once I found it but the area is working way too hard to keep it a secret.
An awesome trail for horseback riding. The surface is excellent and the other users of this trail that I have met have been really nice and accommodating. Lots of beautiful views along the way. A must ride!
"One of my favorite places to go on the Genesee Valley Greenway is the boardwalk that connects directly to the trail just north of the railroad bridge. It's one of the few boardwalks that I've been on that isn't flat (bikers beware when wet). It takes you through a wooded/wetland area to a street very near the center of the village. Close by is Oatka Creek and some very interesting canal structures from the 1840s. Park, picnic and fish in Canawaugus Park."
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