10/20/14 Hike MaryFrances Bluebird Haven and Monkey Run
On Saturday November 8, 2014, Victor Hiking Trails will lead a hike at MaryFrances Bluebird Haven Park and Monkey Run Trails. The hike will start at the "Butler Cottage", 235 Victor-Egypt Road (County Road 9) at 9:00 a.m. There is a large parking area by the house, set back from the road. The hike will be around the 40-acre park and is about one mile of easy walking through meadow and woods. The group will then walk over to Monkey Run Trails for about 2 miles of easy walking through woods. Wear good walking shoes, bring something to drink and a snack.
Note that for this local hike we will NOT meet at the Town Hall, but directly at MaryFrances Bluebird Haven Park at 9:00 a.m.
9/23/14 The Fall 2014 VHT Pathfinder Newsletter is now available.
The newest Newsletter is available. It and past issues are available from the link in the left hand column.
- Take the Challenge
- Hikes for 2014
- New Secretary
- Past Hikes
- July 12—Conklin Gully Creek Walk.
- August 9—Grimes Glen Creek Walk.
- September 6—Hang Around Victor Day.
- September 13—Bike Ride on the Genesee.
- September 20—Dryer Road Park.
- Upcoming Hikes
- October 11—Pittsford Railroad Loop Hike.
- November 8—Monkey Run and MaryFrances Bluebird Haven.
- December 13—Dryer Road Park and Fort Hill.
- Mural Update
- Future Projects
- New Boardwalk in Lehigh Crossing Park
- New Membership Level
- Another Boardwalk in Ganondagan State Historic Site
- VHT Sponsors Thank them!
9/19/14 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which also marks the end of our trail maintenance season, will be Wednesday October 22 at Mickey Finn's. Social Hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.
Without our many loyal volunteers and their thousands of hours of time, there would be no trail system in the Town of Victor. Thank You! to all the volunteers.
9/10/19 Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Trail Initiative
Planning is being done for what the regional trsil system should look like in the next decades.
A series of meetings in the region have been collecting input from stakeholders.
All trail users should participate in the online survey ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trail_user_survey ).
See Trail organization asks for user feedback by Sarah Taddeo, Staff writer in the Democat and Chronicle for a report on one of the meetings, held in Canandaigua.
Below are several useful tools available to provide input and learn more about the project:
Project website: RegionalTrailsUpdate.org
Project survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trail_user_survey
Online input map: http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/Regional-Trails-Update.html
5/18/14 VHT Loss
VHT has lost a great friend, volunteer, and family member. Nat Fisher has been a Board member and active trail volunteer for many years. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Ginny and their family.
He, his ready smile and laugh, his strong arm and body, his many volunteer hours will be sorely missed.
We also thank his family for their generosity to VHT over the years and in this time of shared sorrow.
11/3/13 Trails Effects on Property Values
While there have been many studies of the effect on property values near trails through out the US -- nearly all showing a positive effect --, and an informal study of ads saying something like "Near Trail!" vs "Not Near Any Trail!" (a lot to zero), an October '11 study of home prices in Hamilton County, Ohio by the University of Cincinnati gives some very precise data.
"The current study focused on 1,762 residential properties located within 10,000 feet of the trail." The trail in this case was a 12-mile section of Ohio's Little Miami Scenic Trail, a multi-use trail like our Auburn and Lehigh Trails. "The research used street network distances between residential properties and the closest trail entrance." The homes "average 2,203 square feet of living space. The average price was $263,517."
The take away numbers are "housing prices went up by nine dollars for every foot closer to the trail entrance. Ultimately, the study concluded that for the average home, homeowners were willing to pay a $9,000 premium to be located one thousand feet closer to the trail."
Welcome to the Victor Hiking Trails, Inc. official
Your contribution will help maintain and extend a network of hiking trails in the town of Victor.
We are a grassroots organization that began exploratory meetings in the fall of 1991. We have accomplished a lot, but we still have much work ahead of us. We currently have over 30-miles of open trails. These include well connected multi-use rails-to-trails, secluded woodland rambles, stream side walks, and longer cross-town hiking trails. Some connect various town and state parks, others exist by themselves. In addition, we are actively scouting out possible sites and negotiating with land owners and developers for permission of public access to their property. Our purpose is to develop a trail system which will preserve open space and provide an educational and recreational experience for everyone in the town of Victor.
We the People: Involved in Victor Hiking Trails are kindred spirits. People who care about the land on which they live. People who enjoy nature in all its bounty. People who want to improve their town and leave something that will add value to our lives. People like you. We welcome you among us. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Victor Town Hall at 85 East Main Street. Meetings are informal and everyone is welcome. Please try to join us, you can get to know us better. We have regularly scheduled work parties for clearing and maintaining the trail system. Please see the calendar.VISION
- Create and maintain foot trails and multi-use paths in the Town of Victor.
- Promote a meaningful relationship with nature.
- Promote individual responsibility for protecting the environment.
- Provide recreational activity through walking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.
- Provide education to the public through nature interpretation, historical information and proper use of trails.
- Promote good relationships with all people (landowners, government officials, adjacent townships, and trail users).
- Trails of various terrain, landforms, views and habitats for various plant and animal species.
- Trails in various geographic sections of the Town of Victor with access by as many residents as possible.
- Trails of various lengths and difficulties.
- Trails for foot traffic and paths for multi-use including bikes.
- Dave Wright - Chairperson
- Jeff Hennick - Vice-Chairperson & WebMaster
- Wizzy Geno - Volunteer Coordinator
- Suzy Paquin - Secretary
- Chauncy Young - Treasurer
- Carol MacInnes - Trail Master
- Larry Fisher - Trail Boss
- Ralph Weber - Education
- Pete Ingalsbe - Membership
- You too can be a part of the VHT team!
- 1980's - Conservation Board initiates concept.
- Summer of 1991 - Town Board approves concept
- September 24, 1991 - First organized meeting
- May, 1992 - Incorporated in New York State
- September 18, 1993 - First trail opened
- June 16, 1994 - Tax exempt status approved by Federal Government
- September 17, 1994 - First Bridge Walk (Fund Raiser)
- See How To Develop a Foot Trail In Your Town
- Enjoy nature.
- Care about the land.
- Want to improve Victor.
- Hikes - Second Saturday each month, two weekends each year and a National Trails Day Special
- Maintenance - Usually Monday morning, Wednesday evenings, and Saturday morning each week
- Meetings - Third Thursday each month 7:30 p.m. at Victor Town Hall
- Usually on the second Saturday of each month we gather at 9:00 AM for a 2 to 3 hour hike, for local hikes; bring lunch for more distant destinations. Sometimes we follow existing trails and sometimes we bushwhack to scout out new trail locations. Each Spring and Fall we have a weekend in the Adirondacks. For the location of future hikes watch the newsletter, call one of the officers for detailed information, or see VHT's On-line Calendar. Please join us.... it's a great way to meet the members. Here is the list of past and future hike destinations. And here the map>
- We need assistance in a myriad of areas. Join us at a meeting and volunteer your services. Some of the needs (but by no means all) that we have are:
- lead hikes
- draw maps
- measure trail lengths
- make and install signs
- build trails, bridges and boardwalks
- build map boxes
- identify trees, flowers and birds (Monkey Run, example)
- take photos
- write articles for our newsletter and the Town newsletter
- collect donated items
- work on a committee
- recruit new members
- work on a fund raiser
- scout possible trail locations
- help with paperwork
- make phone calls
- We'll create more opportunities as we grow. Maybe you can provide a skill or interest we need but haven't even thought of yet. You will be surprised how skilled you are. Join us and put your talents and interests to work.
- $10.00 Supporting Membership
- $20.00 Contributing Membership
- $100 Trailblazer Membership
- $250 Path Builder Membership.
If you join or renew at the $20.00 level or above, you can sign up a friend or neighbor for free.
Donations of useful equipment are also welcomed. If you are an owner of land with trail possibilities, please contact us about a Revocable Permit for a trail.