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Backroad Bicycling in the Finger Lakes Region: 30 Tours for Road and
Mountain Bikes, Fourth Edition. by Mark Roth, Sally
Walters, TNMC Bike Club. "An updated edition of the classic
guidebook to a cyclist's paradise.
New York State's Finger Lakes region is indeed a paradise for
recreational cyclists. In addition to the lakes themselves—closely
grouped, deep, cool "fingers" among the hills—cyclists will find
waterfalls and gorges, wineries and museums, cities and farms all
connected by an extensive network of well-maintained roads.
Mark Roth and Sally Walters' collection of tours has long been a
trusted companion of cyclists in the Finger Lakes region. Now the
members of the Thursday Night Men's Club (TNMC)—a club devoted to
biking and outdoor recreation in the Finger Lakes—have revisited and
revised each scenic tour.
Backroad Bicycling in the Finger Lakes Region includes clear
mile-by-mile directions, detailed maps (with cues), and notes on the
history and culture of this unique region. 30 black & white photos,
- Cycling the
Erie Canal: A guide to 400 miles of adventure and history along the
Erie Canalway Trail. "An indispensable resource for
dedicated cyclists planning to bike across the state or the casual
rider looking to take the family out for a couple of hours. Great
for walkers, hikers, in-line skaters, boaters and auto travelers,
too." Published by Parks & Trails New
Rich and Sue Freeman Guidebooks Comment: If you don't own copies of Rich and Sue Freeman's
guidebooks, you are missing out on the best places to hike, bike,
canoe, or tour in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York and the Bruce
Trail in Canada. Their books are well written and their
directions easy to follow. Highly recommended. You can
also visit their Web site at
- Regional Bicycle Guides by Harvey Botzman available through Amazon.com.
Rails-to-Trails. "Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails is preserving
these abandoned rail corridors for conversion into safe off-road
trails for recreational use: walking, running, hiking, bicycling,
cross country skiing, bird watching (over 170 species identified)
and horseback riding.
These trails provide public access through scenic woodlands,
wetlands and flowering meadows, offering trail users opportunities
to observe the plants, animals and birds found in areas otherwise
remote from highways and roads.
The trails are available for outdoor recreational activities and
environmental study for the public at large and for group outings
sponsored by schools, scouts, churches and service organizations."
- Finger Lakes Cycling Club,
Ithaca, NY. "The FLCC is active with sponsored riding from April
through October. In addition there are many rides initiated through our
excellent bike shops and weekly informal gatherings that regularly top
The Finger Lakes area is characterized by "rolling" hills and steep
climbs that test your low gears and quads. It is pretty hard to find
long flat sections of road in our area, which may be the training secret
that enables local riders to usually do well in road and mountain bike
racing. That same rolling countryside gives us spectacular scenery for
all our riding with views of mixed hardwood forests, deep gorges, and
long deep valleys and lakes. The Finger Lakes area is prime touring and
mountain biking territory. Our climate is that of the Great Lakes
region. There are long, pleasant summers having typical afternoon
temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s---perfect for cycling. Fall
colors, which peak in mid to late October, rival those of northern New
- Friends of the Genesee Valley
Greenway. "The mission of the Friends is to establish and
maintain a public, multi-use trail and natural greenway corridor
along the abandoned Genesee Valley Canal and its successor, the
Pennsylvania Railroad, Rochester Division, from the Erie Canal
Heritage Trail in Rochester, NY to Hinsdale, Cattaraugus County,
- Friends of Webster Trails.
"To manage and promote the Hojack Trail, Vosburg Hollow Wild Area
and other trails and linear parks in partnership with the Town of
Webster for educational and recreational purposes."
- Genesee Transportation Council.
"The U.S. Department of Transportation requires every metropolitan
area with a population over 50,000 to have a designated Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO) to qualify for receipt of federal
highway and transit funds. The Governor of New York State designated
the Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) as the MPO responsible for
transportation planning in the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes
region, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario,
Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties."
- Genesee Valley Cycling Club.
"The Genesee Valley Cycling Club is dedicated to the promotion and
development of road racing in Monroe and the surrounding counties.
Affiliated with the United States Cycling Federation and USA Cycling,
the club holds weekly Tuesday night training races throughout the racing
season (April through late September), complimented by Thursday
criteriums and time trials. The season culminates with a stage race and
a picnic in early September."
- Highlander Cycle Tour. "The Highlander Cycle Tour is the premier cycling tour in the entire northeast and arguably in North America. With options ranging from family friendly, scenery-filled courses to some of the most challenging routes imaginable. Ranging from 11 to 120 miles, on or off-road, there’s something for everyone. The center piece is a full-century ride simulating a natural roller-coaster with dozens of climbs, over 10,000’ of climb on grades up to 23%, and stunning vistas of lakes, mountains, and vineyards. The ride includes bountiful rest stops, a full post-ride dinner, a huge rider goodie bag, including a custom labeled bottle of wine or juice from Arbor Hill Winery, tech wear, and more. With live music, grape pies, a full expo and silent auction opportunity, the Highlander is a true gem hidden among the Finger Lakes. A true destination event for all."
- Greece Erie Canal Committee. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Oversees the 390 Highway
Bike Path in Greece.
- Mendon Foundation. "The Mendon Foundation is the first and
only member-directed not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively
to promoting the rich cultural heritage of the communities in and
adjacent to Southeastern Monroe County. Our all-volunteer organization
enriches the lives of our members and their community by working with
the local municipal governments, major contributors and local residents
to preserve, protect and enhance the scenic, natural, recreational,
structural and historical resources of critical cultural significance."
- Onondaga Cycling Club,
Syracuse, NY. "The Onondaga Cycling Club is a Central New York
non-profit which organizes cycling events. The club schedules and
conducts bicycle rides, tours, races, and time trials from March through
December throughout the Central New York area. We also conduct meetings
and social events throughout the year. In 2004, 311 people participated
in club rides and they rode 104,489 combined miles. We welcome riders of
- Parks & Trails New York. "Parks
& Trails New York is the only organization working statewide to protect
New York's parks and help communities create new parks. Founded in 1985,
PTNY has grown from a small group of park advocates to over 2600 members
from every region of the state.
Our mission is to protect and advocate for existing parks and the
state's natural and historic resources, and to promote the creation of
new kinds of parks such as greenways, rail trails and heritage
...New kinds of parks, such as greenways, rail and canal trails, and
other linear parks, provide green corridors connecting cities, villages,
countryside, and natural areas. Heritage corridors protect and promote
regional and state history. All of these parks-both traditional and
new-play a role in the quality of life for all New Yorkers."
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
(RTC). "We promote policy at the national and state levels
to create the conditions that make trail building possible. RTC is a
leader in the fight to protect the federal Transportation
Enhancements program, which is the largest source of funding for
trail development. We steadfastly defend the federal railbanking
statute in the Congress and the courts as an essential tool to
preserve unused rail corridors.
We catalyze action at the local
level by providing the information, technical assistance and
training that local trail builders need to succeed.
We provide leadership to the trails and greenways movement. We are developing an innovative Regional Trails and Greenways Initiative designed to
make trails an essential component of the emerging smart growth and livable
communities movement." User their Trail Finder to locate trails in
- Rochester Area Recumbent Enthusiasts. "We are an informally
organized group of recumbent enthusiasts. Our unwritten charter is to
promote and advocate recumbent cycling by gathering together for
informal group rides, and offering interested cyclists an opportunity to
meet and talk with us about "bents", see these machines on rides, and
possibly try them out on short test rides. The highlight of our season
is a weekend cycling event with a camping option known as the R2k (short
for RARE2000 - the first year of this annual event). More information
through our website."
Bicycling Club. "The RBC is Rochester's recreational
cycling source. Dedicated to promote cycling for health and well being."
- Rochester Bike Share. "Bike share is an innovative transportation program, whereby system subscribers have access to bicycles through self-service stations around the community. The system is accessed through low-cost subscriptions ranging from a few dollars for one-day to annual memberships that generally cost less than a bicycle tune-up.
Bike share is ideal for short distance, point-to-point trips, providing subscribers access to bicycles to use and return at any self-serve bicycle station within the system’s service area. Most systems allow subscribers to make as many trips as often as they like without additional charge provided they return the bicycles to a system station within a half hour. Operators generally begin to charge gradually increasing fees after the first half hour to discourage users from holding onto the bicycles when they are not being used, ensuring that bicycles are readily available for other system subscribers. In cities across the U.S., bike share systems have proven very popular and successful by giving residents and visitors a fast, affordable, easy to use transportation option that can make getting around town fun and healthy."
- Rochester Parks Department.
- Victor Hiking Trails,
- "Create and maintain foot trails in the Town of Victor. Promote a
meaningful relationship with nature.
Promote individual responsibility for protecting the environment.
- Provide recreational activity through walking, 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)."
- Western New York Mountain Biking
Association (WNYMBA). "WNYMBA is an acronym for the Western
New York Mountain Biking Association. This organization was formed in
1992 in reverse the trend of trail closings throughout Western New York.
Our primary mission is to stop trail closures, work toward improving
access to existing trails and the construction of new trails. We do this
through mountain bike advocacy, trail maintenance work, and rider
education. With your help, we have been successful in these efforts, and
have some great riding opportunities in Western New York today."
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Trails in the Rochester and Upstate, New York Region
- 390 Highway Bike
Path in Greece. Greece Erie Canal Committee. Contact: email@example.com.
- Cayuga County
- Clarence Pathways, Multi-use Trails in the Town of Clarence, Erie County.
- Genesee Valley Greenway.
"The Genesee Valley Greenway is one of hundreds of greenways being
developed across the nation along old canals, abandoned rail beds,
and riverbanks. It passes through scenic woodlands, river and stream
valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, and historic villages
located in sixteen towns in Monroe, Livingston, Wyoming, Allegany,
and Cattaraugus counties in New York State."
- Historic Erie Canal
& Railroad Loop Trail, Pittsford, NY. Pittsford Parks Department.
- Hojack Trail,
Cayuga, County. "This off-road, multi-use trail extends from Red
Creek through the Town of Sterling to the Village of Fair Haven. Permitted
uses include hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and
snowmobiling. The Hojack Trail extends west into Wayne County and east into
- Hojack Trail. Webster, NY.
- Lehigh Memory Trail. Williamsville, NY.
- Lehigh Valley Linear Trail Park.
"This 15 mile linear trail park is located in the southern most portion of
Monroe County, beginning at the Genesee River and extending through the
towns of Rush and Mendon to the Ontario County Line.
- New York State
Canalway Trail System. "The Canalway Trail System is comprised of
four major segments: the 100-mile Erie Canal Heritage Trail in Western New
York; the 36-mile Old Erie Canal State Park Trail in Central New York; the
60-mile Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway in the eastern Capital Region, and the
eight-mile Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail in the foothills of the Adirondacks
near Lake George. In addition, there are smaller segments of Canalway Trail."
- Seaway Trail. "The New
York State Seaway Trail is a 454 mile scenic route paralleling Lake Erie, the
Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. A well-marked
alternative to super highways and modern toll roads, the Seaway Trail leads to
eye-opening treasures you might otherwise overlook. Traveling the Trail takes
you to sophisticated cities, quaint villages, your favorite fishing port, and
dozens of family attractions, restaurants, accommodations and shops. Come
visit us soon. We'll help make your next vacation one you'll remember for a
lifetime. Happy trails!"
- Victor Hiking Trails.
Trails in Southern Ontario region of Canada
- Bicycling the Niagara Region. From Canada Trails.
Read the comments of other bicyclists who have cycled the Niagara
Trails, Bicycling in Canada. "Canada has some terrific
destinations for bicycle touring whether for one day or a week or
more. It's wide open spaces are crisscrossed by a variety of roads
and bike trails. However, roads in some areas may have too much
traffic and lack paved shoulders to make for pleasant cycling."
"When it comes to cycling, Niagara has it all! Whether you are
looking for flat, country roads or something more challenging (hey,
climbed the escarpment lately?), the Niagara region offers something
This section profiles some of the more popular places to ride in
Niagara. While efforts have been made to provide accurate
descriptions and directions, we can not be responsible for actual
road or trail conditions that may be encountered."
- Elora -
Cataract Trailway, Ontario, Canada. "A forty-seven
kilometre trailway linking parks, watersheds and communities in
Trail. "The Georgian Trail runs between Collingwood and
Meaford in Ontario's principal ski country. It is very pleasant and
well worth visiting."
- Georgian Triangle Trails. "The Georgian Triangle’s
beautiful mountain views, broad valleys and forests, pretty streams
and endless Georgian Bay shoreline are a magnet for hiking
enthusiasts. There is something for everyone, from a leisurely
stroll along the Georgian Trail, to more challenging terrain. Don’t
miss the wonderful Ganaraska and Bruce Trails, where the scenic
vistas and native flora and fauna are a naturalist’s dream.
Introduce your family to the joy of a day’s hiking excursion or a
longer hike from community to community along some of the advanced,
but well-marked trails. Many trails are connected and marked which
adds to the enjoyment of exploring the area on foot. Local
conservation areas also have marked trails which allow you to find
your way to hidden beauty spots."
- Hanover Community Trail System. "The trail system originates in
the Town of Hanover via the CNR & CPR rail line that once ran along
the majestic Saugeen River. This scenic trail has numerous bridges
crossing rivers and streams and is linked to many parks in town.
There are 10 access points to the trail. The completion of a 91
metre pedestrian bridge over the Saugeen River (access via 16th Ave.
North) offers fantastic views."
- Hike Ontario. Directory of Ontario Rail Trails.
- Jaggedpath.com. "...the
largest and most detailed collection of mountain biking trails
covering all of Ontario."
- The Regional Niagara Bicycling
- Niagara River
Recreational Trail. "From Fort Erie to Fort George the
Niagara River Recreational Trail passes some spectacular scenery. It
is very popular with walkers, cyclists and inline skaters."
- Niagara River
Recreational Trail. "This greenway parallels the Niagara
River on the Canadian Side. It extends from Fort George in
Niagara-on-the-Lake, through Chippawa, to Historic Fort Erie."
- Ontario Rail Trails. "A wonderful new type of recreational
amenity is appearing on the Ontario landscape. Railroads have been
abandoning unprofitable lines and wise communities and citizens
groups are turning them into linear parks for bicycling, hiking, and
other recreational uses. This web site reports on the best ones in
the Province of Ontario."
- Peterborough County Trails. From Canada Trails.
- Peterborough Rotary Greenway. From Ontario Trails.
- Sarawak Rail Trail, Owen Sound, Ontario. "The Sarawak Rail
Trail runs west from the city limits of Owen Sound, through flat
farm land. It gradually winds up the escarpment giving magnificent
views of the land below and of Georgian Bay. Once on top of the
escarpment the trail connects to the Keppel Rail Trail section and
continues to Park Head."
- Trout Hollow Trail, Meaford, Ontario. "The Trout Hollow
Trail starts across from Beautiful Joe Park in Meaford. The 14km
trail consists of mainly easy to moderate hiking, with some
difficult steep ridges. Access points at either ends allow you to
hike half the trail if you have a ride arranged. The trail runs
along the Bighead river. The trail along the river is very scenic &
Recreation Corridor. Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. "The
Victoria Recreation Corridor is a rail trail that stretches from
Lindsay, Ontario to Kinmount Ontario. It is 55 km in length and is
managed by the County of Victoria."
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