AVON – The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park will help ring in the New Year on Jan. 1 when it hosts free “First Day” hikes in Avon and Scottsville.

The hikes are available for the entire family. Leashed pets are allowed to join the fun. Pre-registration is not required.

Organizers are encouraging people to dress appropriate for the weather and to follow all current COVID-19 guidelines appropriate for indoor and outdoor activity. If there is snow, they say feel free to bring snowshoes or skis.

In Avon, a self-guide walk or ride (bring your snowmobile if there is enough snow) will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

People taking part in this event are encouraged to park at the Erie-Attica Trail Parking Lot – State Route 5 to Farmers Road at the west edge of Avon. From there people can walk approximately a mile west on the Erie-Attica Trail, then turn north onto the newly resurfaced Genesee Valley Greenway for more if you’d like.

The trail is open all day, but from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. snack bags and beverages will be available to patrons, compliments of the Henrietta Hill & Gully Riders and the Caledonia Trailblazers snowmobile clubs.

In Scottsville, the “First Day” event will include the recently reopened section of the Greenway.

Ride a bike from Genesee Valley Park or drive to Scottsville and utilize the Canawaugus Park lot or nearby municipal parking on Main Street. This self-guided walk/hike/ride starts out at the Oatka Creek “George” Bridge and heads south along the newly resurfaced Greenway to the Lehigh Valley Trail and Genesee River bridge overlook, about a 5 mile round trip.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Artisan Coffeehouse of Scottsville, 2 Main St. (700 feet from the Canawaugus Par Trailhead) will be open for cocoa, breakfast sandwiches, hot soup, subs and drinks. Stop by the coffeehouse between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for free s’mores, a quick warm-up around the fire pit, and restrooms.

For more information on these events, contact Park Manager Kristine Uribe at (585) 493-3614 or via email to Kristine.Uribe@parks.ny.gov.

In case of severe weather, a posting will be made on the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park Facebook page advising of a cancellation or changes to the schedule.

The 90-mile Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is a trail that begins near Rochester and runs along the former Genesee Valley Canal towpath and Pennsylvania Railroad railbed stretching from Rochester south through Monroe, Livingston, Wyoming and Allegany counties to Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County.

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