Hiking Around Western NY

Great hikes to enjoy with children and family around western NY and the Finger Lakes


September 2016

Genesee County Park Hike



One place that hubby and I decided to go hiking that was close by was the Genesee County Park. We had driven by before but had never actually checked out the park. We were both really impressed. First, the drive there has absolutely beautiful scenery in the summer.. I can only imagine what it will be like when the leaves start changing. If you are not from the area, just the drive will be worth it. 

The park has a few really nice, well marked trails to choose from depending on who you are hiking with. We went just when the Nature Center was closing, but if I go again and bring grandchildren, I’ll definitely make a stop at the interpretative nature center. Starting in October, it is open Thursday-Sunday.. 10-4 on Thursday and Friday, 12-4 on the weekend. There are nature exhibits and a Discovery Zone for kids (and adults like me who like that sort of thing).

The trails are numerous and varied. Alone, they are not long.. ranging from .2-..87 (General Conservation Trail) but you can put them together with the help of the trail map that is at the Nature Center or downloaded and printed from the website. Genesee County Park trails and you will have a hike of any length you would like.

The trail we followed was along Black Creek, easy, flat trail and well marked. In the park, there is a 4 acre wetland along with a bog, pond, open fields, some hilly terrain and woodlands. There is also a unique trail called the Touch and See Trail that is bordered by a chain fence for those with visual difficulties.


If you take children, there are plenty of places for a picnic, a playground and bathrooms in various parts of the 431 acres. And in the winter, there are toboggan hills that we just may check out! This is a great family friendly park to take a hike and spend a few hours.





Simple People Who Like to Hike

From the first time my husband and I were dating, we loved taking walks and hiking through the woods. We started casually. Once we started adulting, we moved to western NY and bought a house around the corner, literally, from Letchworth State Park. We love taking hikes there. By “hikes” I mean glorified walks through the woods with a walking stick in hand and staying on paths through the woods. We don’t climb mountains, we don’t blaze our own trails, and we often bring children with us.

Maybe some don’t consider that “real” hiking but for us it is. We love to get up on Sunday morning and head out to a park or state recreation area and hike through the woods. When we decided that we were going to hike, not just when the spirit moved us, but on a consistent basis, it was hard to decide on where we wanted to hike. There wasn’t a website that I could find that had family friendly hikes in western NY laid out with photos, tips and links. So the idea was born for this site.13606842_10209969167533728_5059232889504758208_n

Hopefully this blog will encourage other regular people who just like to go on simple hikes and enjoy the outdoors either alone or with their family. And when winter comes, which is inevitable in western NY, hopefully we’ll be trying out something different… snowshoes!

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