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Ontario Pathways Bike Trail

New York Rail Trails
Finger Lakes Region, NY

Family Friendly Biking, Waterfalls
Directions to Trailhead
Trail Description

Location: Canandaigua to Phelps. Ontario County.

Trail Length: 25 miles

Trail Surface: Gravel, grass, cinder.

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Multi-Use Trail: mountain biking, cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.

Caution: Road crossings. Flint Creek Trail subject to flooding during spring thaw and after periods of heavy rain.

 

Ontario Pathways Trail Map

Note: This trail map is a graphical representation designed for general reference purposes only. Read Full Disclaimer.

General Description

The 23.3-mile multi-use Ontario Pathways Rail Trail and 3 short connected hiking loop trails are managed and maintained by the privately owned, non-profit organization, Ontario Pathways, Inc. in conjunction with community-based volunteers and membership.

Trail write up - work in progress

Ontario Pathway Trail Connections

Flint Creek, Train Wreck and Hemlock Grove Loop Trails

These three short trails ranging from .3 to 1 mile in length, branch off the Phelps leg of the rail trail. Flint Creek Trail is the longest segment and travels through woods and along Flint Creek.

Flint Bridge

The 81-foot long Flint Bridge spans Routes 5 and 20 in the village of Flint. It replaces an old railroad bridge destroyed in a traffic accident in 2010. It supports light vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and horses.

Ontario Pathway Bike Trail Description

The V-shaped Ontario Pathways trail system has a southern apex in Stanley. The western leg stretches from Stanley and heads north to to Phelps. The eastern leg travels northeast to Canandaigua. The entire V is located between 2 Lakes; Seneca Lake and Canandaigua Lake.

The Ontario Pathway Trail travels mostly through quiet countryside, farmland and woods. The trail is flat, around 10 feet wide with a cinder track running between grass sides. This is a great family bike ride. There are trestle and bridge crossings over scenic creeks with waterfalls. From Stanley to Phelps the trail is more scenic as it follows Flint Creek.

Trail Highlights & Nearby Points of Interest

Waterfalls

Double Drop Falls

The beautiful 5 ft. high crescent-shaped, Double Drop Falls (Old Mill Falls) on Flint Creek is the site of the first mill built in the town of Phelps. The 90 ft. wide stone dam at the top of the falls was built in the late 1890's. A viewing area overlooking the falls is located on the east of the creek, south of Main Street.

Kayakers love to run this stretch of the creek during the spring run-off season.

Things To Do

County Fairs, Festivals, Special Events

Sauerkraut Festival

Phelps was one of the largest producers of sauerkraut in the world. Most notable was the Seneca Sauerkraut Factory that was located at the west end of Main Street. The Phelps Sauerkraut Festival, is usually held during the first weekend in August.

Directions

Parking in downtown Canandaigua on the northside at 200 Ontario St., between Rt.332 (Main St.) and East St. Parking also on Freshour Rd., County Rd. 47, Depot Rd. and in Phelps on Rt.96 or Gifford Rd.

Historical Notes

The east-west segment was constructed in 1851 to carry coal to the lake and the north-south segment in 1872, to carry agricultural products. At one time  the community of Stanley, where the two sections of the trail join, was a major interchange for trains and had over 200 railroad employees as residents. Remnants from the railroad era include trestle and bridge crossings and an old wood railroad water tower in Orleans.

More Information

Ontario Pathways, Inc.
PO Box 996
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Website: Ontario Pathways Organization

Phone: (585) 234-7722