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The Manchester Gateway Trail is a scenic route used by walkers and cyclers that follows the Canandaigua Outlet through Manchester. It has also been used for skiing during winter months. The trailhead has two points on its northern end; just off Route 96 on Main Street (Route 21). The point to the east off Route 96 includes a pedestrian staircase as well as a sidewalk from the intersection to Friendly Village-Manchester Park. The western point has a small parking lot just across Route 21. Once you’re on the trail, the natural scenery is very welcoming and relaxing. There are two interpretive kiosks; one where the trail crosses Clifton Street and another where the trail passes under an RR trestle just before getting to the end of your travels. This alternative 1.5-mile route going through the small town is a delight for all visitors. The trail terminates at Water St, just near the Shortsville line and Budd Park.
North Trailhead: Small parking lot on Main St. (Route 21).
South Terminus: Parking available on Water St. as well as Park Rd at Budd Park.
More parking at Manchester Village, about half-way down the trail.
Today was my first time doing the trail. I thought the whole trail was Asphalt but they were some sections of the trail that were gravel. They were definitely some people there. I like how the trail isn't flat for it's short distance. I went pretty dang fast on it. You also get a great view of the creek as well. The trail is the shortest I've ever gone on but I don't it at all. I did the trail for a full hour and I didn't find it boring at all. If you guys do plan to go, my recommendation would be to take a hybrid bike with hybrid tires because when I went, I did bring my hybrid bike but I had road tires on it. I would totally do the trail again. The people are very friendly as well.
Parked at the small lot on 96 this morning for a quick ride with my dog on way to visit my Mom. Creek was lovely with spots to relax on benches but since this is only 1.5 miles not necessary today though dog did grab a quick drink. I'll definitely go back with lunch some day for a picnic. surface was fine for hybrid tires and only saw a couple of joggers though I went early
When I lived in Manchester I used to walk or bike this trail at least 3-4 times a week. Pleasant views of Canandaigua Outlet, especially near the village DPW garage and just south of Clifton St. Very nice surface -- mostly stone dust, with some asphalt near the RR trestle. Some fascinating local history is displayed at the two interpretive kiosks. At the trail's midpoint, a rustic staircase spur takes you up to public parking in the village's central business district. This trail is a source of pride for the community, and they keep adding nice features and amenities thanks to Eagle Scout projects and other volunteer efforts. Village maintenance is excellent. This is a year-round trail, suitable for X-country skiing when the snow falls. I really miss this trail, now that I live some 2,000 miles away!
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