8/19/14 UPDATE Bike the Lower Genesee River 9/13/14
On Saturday September 13th, Victor Hiking Trails will lead a bike ride on the trails along the Lower Genesee River. The ride will start at the Ontario Beach parking lot, near the rear of Harbor Hots restaurant and head south on the Genesee Riverway Trail on the west side of the Genesee River to Maplewood Park, cross the river to the east side and head north through the Seneca Park Zoo to the O'Rourke Bridge, returning to the parking lot.
- Due to transporting bikes, we will NOT meet at the Victor Town Hall and car pool this month. Go directly to the Ontario Beach parking lot.
- Helmets are required!
Meet at the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. with your bike and a snack or bag lunch and plenty to drink.
Victor Hiking Trails, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping folks get in touch with nature through the development and maintenance of trails mainly in the Town of Victor. The VHT board of directors meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Victor Town Hall, 85 East Main Street. There is parking in the rear of the building and the public is always welcome.
6/29/14 The Summer 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.
- National Trails Day, another success
- Hikes for 2014
- Wanted: secretary and maintenance crew leader
- Past Hikes
- April 12 - Canadice Lake Trail hike.
- April 13 - Special hike with Crescent Trails.
- May 10 - Chimney Bluffs hike.
- Jun 7 - National Trails Day, Fishers Park.
- Jun 14 - Mendon Ponds Park.
- Upcoming Hikes
- July 12 - Conklin Gully Creek walk.
- Aug 9 - Grimes Glen Creek walk.
- Sept 13 - Bike ride on the Lower Genesee Riverway Trail.
- It was an honor to have worked with him
- Art on the Auburn Trail
- Ribbon Cutting on the Auburn Trail
- Eagle Projects on the trails and in the parks
- Community project completed
- ADK Outdoor EXPO
- VHT Sponsors Thank them!
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.
3/23/14 Trail Maintenance Schedule for '14 Is Available
Our Trail Boss, Larry Fisher, says
We meet Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM and most Saturday and Monday mornings at 8:00 AM, from May through September. Volunteers should come equipped with sturdy shoes and proper covering against poison ivy. The work usually lasts about one to two hours. Sometimes we cancel due to rain and then shift the schedule. We may also cancel during extended dry spells or excessive heat. We now have three crew leaders, each responsible for the days we work. Chauncy Young (455-1932) covers Saturdays, Nat Fisher (752-3417) covers Wednesdays and Larry Fisher (880-9090) covers Mondays. Please call the crew members if you are unsure of the location or if we plan to meet. You can also call the Trail Boss any time at 880-9090 for additional information. You can also click the location column on our online calendar and get directions to our work site for the day.
3/3/14 VCS Safe Routes To School Project Update
The goal of the Safe Routes to School project is to create safe pedestrian linkages from the residential neighborhoods to school facilities that serve K-8 students. The Town received a grant from the Federal Highway Administration / New York State Department of Transportation in the amount of $389,815 for the construction of a series of sidewalks and provide educational opportunities on the importance of walking and biking. This is a similar funding mechanism that we tapped for the Auburn Trail and Lehigh Valley Trail projects. The local project advisory team consists of Supervisor Marren, Gloria Dunton (Town Fiscal Manager), Mark Years (Highway Superintendant), Chris Marshall (VCSD Director of Buildings and Grounds) and Brian Emelson (Parks and Recreation) as the Project Administrator. We hired Fisher Associates in the fall to act as the consultant engineer on the project.
Once we have determined the preferred location of the sidewalks and sought public input on the project, we will be required to receive Design Approval from the FHWA / NYSDOT. The project will also need to travel through the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes. We anticipate receiving Design Approval this spring, which would have us going out to bid for construction of the sidewalks in June / July. We are currently looking at constructing sidewalks in the following areas:
- High Street to the Jr. / Sr. High School along the West Entrance of VCSD - this will link up with the sidewalks that are slated to be constructed on High Street as part of the High Street Capital Project.
- Lane Road from Sagamore Way to the Lane Road Entrance to the VCSD Campus.
- Along the Campus Drive to the Intermediate School adjacent to the athletic fields.
- Latchmere Drive to the Intermediate School
For more information, contact Brian Emelson at (585) 742-0141 or email@example.com
Map & Display (PDF).
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 onero), 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."
5/19/13 Great Day on the Trails
For those of us unable to go to the Adirondacks for VHT's spring weekend, it was a wonderful day on our local trails. I took a short ride on the Auburn Trail to check out the newest section to Powder Mills Park. The trail was being used by bikers, hikers, and runners. Individuals, couples, and families. From youngsters to oldsters as myself. Some I talked with are very familiar with the VHT trails, others were on it for the very first time.
The most common question: "When will it be extended into Pittsford?" The only answer is that that lies with the Pittsford government.
One 7-year old was riding with her mother. They live near Powder Mills Park. They were on their way to Papa Jack's for ice cream. They are regular users of the Auburn Trail. Shows trails are a good business investment, too.
I was also able to pick up a couple bags of trash from the new construction onone. The rest of the trail was looking very good. You too can help by taking a trash bag when you use the trails. It is an important way of volunteering to make Victor' trails -- the trails you use -- the very best.
Also this beautiful weekend, volunteers were out installing 5 picnic tables near trails; were working on the new Seneca Trail near Perinton; widening some trails in parks to allow larger mowers to take over from smaller ones so the smaller ones can do better on the narrow trails; and of course the normal mowing and trimming work that goes on all season. It takes thousands of volunteer hours to make and keep the trails we all use. You can contact our Volunteer Coordinator to help.
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
- Nat Fisher - 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.