Leisure Time in Wheatland - Genesee Valley Greenway State Park
What do you like to do with your leisure time? Do you have an active lifestyle? Would you like to have a more active lifestyle? Do you, your family and friends enjoy experiencing recreation in beautiful natural settings? Do you like to take casual walks or relaxing bike rides? Do you like engaging in more fitness intensive hikes or bike rides? Do you like to participate in healthful, educational outdoor events?
If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions then the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is for you, and its right here in the Town of Wheatland! Walking, hiking and biking trails can be a great opportunity for those who desire healthy or healthier lifestyles. The American Hiking Society refers to these trails as Pathways to Health.
What is the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park?
The Genesee Valley Greenway State Park is a 90-mile open space corridor that follows the route of the Genesee Valley Canal (1840-1878) and the Pennsylvania Railroad Rochester Branch (1882-1963) from the Erie Canalway Trail in Rochester's Genesee Valley Park to the Village of Cuba in Allegany County. The Greenway traverses through the eastern portion of the Town of Wheatland near the Genesee River and is easily accessible from multiple locations within the Town, including Canawaugus Park in the Village of Scottsville. View maps of the Genesee Valley Greenway.
The Greenway provides opportunities for public recreation with a public, multi-use trail and historic resources. The majority of the trail is an old railway bed that is a straight, level surface consisting of cinders, gravel and mowed grass. The Greenway passes through woodlands, wetlands, river and stream valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, and historic villages in sixteen towns located in Monroe, Livingston, Wyoming, Allegany, and Cattaraugus counties. The Greenway provides connections to several other trails, including: the Genesee River Trail, Finger Lakes Trail, Erie Canal Recreation Way, the Erie Attica Trail and the Lehigh Valley Trail.
The Greenway is also connected to the "Be Active Trail" established by the Town of Wheatland, which is a two mile walking trail located within the Village of Scottsville. The "Be Active Trail" is readily identifiable by the distinctive blue colored "Be Active Trail" signs.
Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway
The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway (FOGVG), organized in 1993, is a not for profit organization that works with New York State Parks to assist in the development, protection, promotion, and maintenance of New York’s Genesee Valley Greenway State Park in accordance with guidelines established in the OPRHP Genesee Valley Greenway Management Plan and to support and promote other non-motorized recreational opportunities for the general public along the Genesee Valley Greenway. Keep up to date with Greenway news and events through FOGVG Website.
The Genesee Valley Greenway Passport to Family Wellness Program encourages families to get outside and be active on the Genesee Valley Greenway. A Passport with 14 Greenway hikes from 2 to 7.5 miles long has been designed for this program.