The Trails of Victor, NY

by Sue Freeman

Perinton, with its Crescent Trail Association, was the Rochester area pioneer in beginning a neighborhood trail network. But, close on its heels was the town of Victor. In 1991 a group of volunteers met to form Victor Hiking Trails with the goal of building trails in Victor. Every year since then they have built, maintained, added to, and enhanced their trail network to achieve an impressive diversity of trails. The group still operates; still run by volunteers; still dedicated to trails, and has been joined in their efforts by the active Victor Parks Department.

Victor’s wide range of trails are suited to various activities and physical abilities. Some, like the Auburn Trail, Lehigh Valley Trail and Trolley Trail are former railroad beds. Their flat surfaces welcome walkers, skiers, and bikers of all abilities, families with babies in strollers, and persons in wheelchairs.

Avid mountain bikers can head to Dryer Road Park where they’re sure to find a challenge on the hillside trails. For hikers who like a challenge, there’s the 6-mile-long Seneca Trail or the 3-mile-long traverse from Ganondagan State Historic Site to Dryer Road Park. Both offer challenging hills that will get your heart pumping.

For a less strenuous stroll try the the Trail of Peace through the fields at Ganondagan State Historic Site and visit the replica Seneca Indian longhouse. Head to the Maryfrances Bluebird Haven Trail to circle a field in search of bluebirds. Wait until May, then head to Mertensia Road Park to see a spectacular carpet of bluebells along Mud Creek. Or, go look for active beavers along the trails in Lehigh Crossing Park.

Midway between these extremes are the mild, rolling hills at Monkey Run Trail, Fishers Park, and Ganondagan’s Earth is Our Mother/Sweetgrass/Meadow-Wood Trails. Or, climb to the plateau that used to be a Seneca Indian granary at Fort Hill and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding farm fields.

Victor has a wealth of trails thanks to Victor Hiking Trails and Victor Parks Department. Head out to enjoy them. Victor Hiking Trails leads hikes one Saturday a month all over the region and welcomes the public to join them. For details, explore their web site at www.victorhikingtrails.org.

The trails in Victor are also mapped and described the guidebooks (available at www.footprintpress.com or by calling 1-800-431-1579):
• Take A Hike - Family Walks in the Rochester Area
• Take Your Bike - Family Rides in the Rochester Area
• Take A Hike - Family Walks in New York’s Finger Lakes Region
• Take Your Bike - Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region

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