Genesee Valley Greenway
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|Genesee Valley Greenway|
|Length||90 mi (145 km)|
|Location||New York, United States|
|Trailheads||Rochester, New York
Cuba, New York
|Use||Hiking, Cycling, Horseback Riding, and Cross Country Skiing|
|Season||Spring to Fall|
|Sights||Letchworth State Park|
|Right of way||Pennsylvania Railroad, Genesee Valley Canal|
It stretches for 90 miles (140 km) along a former Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way as well as adjacent land from the Genesee Valley Canal. The low grade path is a multi-use trail which is well suited for hiking, biking, horsebacking riding and cross-country skiing.
The Greenway project began in 1991 as a way to reuse mostly abandoned land from the old railways. Construction and renovation of land for the trail was underway in 1998.
The Greenway is administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
The Genesee Valley Greenway, intersects with the Erie Canal Heritage Trail south of the city of Rochester at the Genesee Valley Park, thereby forming part of a network of green corridors for hikers and cyclists stretching across New York State.
Because the northern portions of the Greenway are converted railroad track bed, it is relatively smooth, straight, and level. Portions of the trail near to, and south of, Letchworth State Park are very hilly and strenuous.
Roads that cross the Greenway fall in two general categories:
- Roads constructed while the railway or Greenway was in operation
- These intersections typically have the road on an even grade with the Greenway or (for larger highways) a bridge where one crosses the other
- Greenway patrons simply need to avoid cars in crossing the road (if no bridge is present)
- Roads constructed while the railway was abandoned
- These intersections may be quite awkward to cross because of differences in elevation between the roadway and the Greenway
- The Greenway may have steep inclines or switchbacks to quickly change elevation to match the roadway
Places of Historic Interest
Because of the historic nature of much of the land that the Greenway traverses, points of interest along the trail are marked by plaques with descriptions of the significance of the site, along with historic photographs and maps.
Among the marked sites are:
- Abandoned Genesee Valley Canal locks
- Old railway bridges and bridge abutments
- Sites important to the Pennsylvania Railroad that previously occupied the land
- Erie Railroad bridge
- Friends of Genesee Valley Greenway website contains information about the Greenway and maps of it.
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's page on the Genesee Valley Greenway
- Route of the trail