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This pleasant community trail connects suburban residences close to the shore of Lake Ontario with a school, a church and a commercial area in Webster, New York. Near the trail's northwest end, it connects with old-growth forests and unique coastal lands preserved by the town.
The trail takes its name from the Lake Ontario Shore Railroad's "Hojack Line" that served the area's apple orchards and other agriculturally based businesses. The tread varies from small sections of crushed stone to packed cinder ballast and mowed grass.
Starting at the trailhead at Vosburg Hollow Nature Preserve gives you instant access to a wooded hilltop hiking path, the Vosburg Hollow Nature Trail, which leads you about an eighth of a mile through a red pine forest to the longer Vosburg Hiking Trail and the Gosnell Big Woods Preserve beyond. The branch trail offers a bike rack so you can lock up your bike and continue on foot to the top of the hill.
Staying on the Hojack rail-trail, you can head less than 0.5 mile north and west of the trailhead to Lake Road. You cannot, however, reach the shore or get a good vista point until you travel west on Lake Road for 0.25 mile.
Heading east the rail-trail passes through sections of grasslands and deciduous wood. The route looks and feels remote but is never far from busy roads and homes. It is only when you come to the half-dozen road crossings that you realize you are not, in fact, traveling through the wilderness. The trail ends at Phillips Road.
To reach the trailhead at the Vosburg Hollow Nature Preserve from Route 104, turn north onto Bay Road and continue for 1.5 miles. Make a right on Lake Road. Then in 0.2 mile bear right onto Vosburg Road. Follow Vosburg Road for 0.5 mile. Park at the Vosburg Hollow Nature Preserve, which is on the right and behind the water treatment facility.
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