The Genesee Valley Greenway trail is primarily a mix of packed cinders, gravel and mowed surface. The only paved surface is for a short distance beginning in Genesee Valley Park and there are a few sections of stone dust.
Note that in early spring or after heavy rains, places on the trail may be muddy. A hybrid bicycle is probably the best choice for the Greenway. An off road bike is fine but not necessary, while a road bike will work but is a little rough for riding the Greenway.
Miles 0-2 Paved trail. Access the trail from the parking lot off Elmwood Avenue at Genesee Valley Park . This is the lot next to the swimming pool on the west side of the Genesee River . The trail that leaves the parking lot is the Genesee Riverway Trail. Soon you will come to the Erie Canalway Trail which goes left over the Waldo Nielsen Bridge . For the Greenway, continue straight ahead over the arched bridge. Just beyond the foot of the bridge is a sign on your left. It describes the three trails that meet at this point, the Genesee Valley Greenway, the Genesee Riverway Trail and the Erie Canalway Trail. The Riverway Trail extends straight ahead of you along the river bank. It joins the Greenway after about half a mile. The Greenway curves diagonally ahead to the right. The Canalway Trail continues directly right toward Greece .
The Greenway passes by the County of Monroe Fire Training Facility , a state of the art complex for training firefighters. At one time, a rail yard was located here, complete with roundhouse.
The trail was paved after the County of Monroe installed a large sewer forcemain pipe underneath the old rail bed.
Mile 2 The trail ends at the parking lot for Peaches Restaurant. The trail begins again across Scottsville Road and continues along the west side of Scottsville Road to Ballantyne Road and then ¼ mile west on Ballantyne Road to the Greenway trail head. In 2002 or 2003 a trail will be built, next to, but separate from Scottsville Road .
Little Black Creek Pocket Park, west side of Scottsville Road, south of the Paul Road intersection. Parking for Greenway users and opportunity to see canal era culvert and waste weir.
Mile 3 Double arched canal culvert, .8 north of the trail head at Ballantyne Road –. It is one of the largest in the entire New York State canal system. It was constructed to carry Black Creek under the canal.
Miles 3-5 Great tree canopy, that well represents the Greenway's being described by many as a “tunnel of green.” Look for old telegraph poles.
Mile 4.5 Brook Road Parking Lot, room for horse trailers. Great place to begin a trip on the Greenway. Site of the rail station called White's.
Mile 5.5 Lock #2, well preserved cut stone lock, c. 1839, remaining from the Genesee Valley Canal . Watch for wild flowers in spring. The lock tender's house was located to the east.
Mile 7 The trail passes under the New York State Thruway. Trains were still running along the corridor when the Thruway
was built, requiring the construction of this underpass. Today it is vital to maintaining a through trail.
Mile 7.5 Ramp up to cross Scottsville Road. The train used to go under the road, but the underpass was removed when the road was rebuilt.
Mile 9 Village of Scottsville, Canawaugus Park. A boardwalk has been built to connect the trail with the village and places to stop for refreshments. Construction activity during 2002 and 2003 is related to the replacement of the Route 251 road bridge. A guard lock and remnants of a dam and feeder canal are visible on the north bank of Oatka Creek. Parking is generally available at the park, but construction activities and limited road access may limit that in 2002 and 2003.
Mile 11 The big stone piers are Lehigh Valley Railroad abutments that carried trains over the Pennsylvania tracks and on top of the bridge across the Genesee River. This was the Wadsworth Junction. The Rochester Junction was several miles to the east, between the towns of Rush and Mendon.The bridge has now been refurbished. The Lehigh Valley trail system is a 15 mile linear trail park 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. With the completion of the Lehigh Valley bridge connection, travellers on the Genesee Valley Greenway can now extend their travels to eastern Monroe County close to Mendon Ponds Park, and connecting with the Auburn RR Trail near the town of Victor. The rock memorializes Joseph Spezio's donation of 8 acres and 800 feet of Genesee River frontage to New York State. The donated property is located to the east of the Greenway and south of the bridge. Look for wildflowers in the spring.
Mile 12 Large pond full of birds and other wildlife. The pond was created when beaver dammed Dugan Creek. Note the small, double arched canal culvert on the east side of the trail. Look for turtle eggs in the spring.
Mile 16 Earthen ramps take the trail up to Route 5. In the days of the trains, the tracks went under the road.
Mile 17 Route 20 Parking Lot located on north side of the road.
Mile 19 Remains of Lock #5. A lock tender's house was located on the rise above the lock to the west. Some foundation stones still remain.
Mile 20 Southwest side of Fowlerville Road, site of Fowlerville rail station. Notice how the canal prism was filled in where the station was located.
Mile 22 The western end of the canal-era culvert carrying Brown's Creek under the trail has collapsed.
Further south - Two ponds were former canal turning basins.
Mile 22.5 York Landing Parking Lot. Once a bustling settlement and an important location for river and canal boat traffic. A mill was located on the east side of the trail, just above the river. The large pond was a canal turning basin. There was also a rail station here at one time.
Close to Mile 24 Salt Creek Culvert, Another major stone canal era culvert. The western end has collapsed.
Mile 25.5 Piffard Yard of Ale Canal House Inn is an authentic canal-era inn. The Piffard rail station was located where the restaurant parking lot is now.
Mile 26 Note the large, ancient stumps alongside the field edge to the east.
Mile 28 The large ponds are a favorite spot with birders. Salt mines were previously located to the west.
Mile 29 Cuylerville , historic National Hotel served canal travelers.
Mile 31 Perry Road Trail detours to River Road . Take River Road to Route 36. You are at the north entrance to Letchworth State Park . Camping is available in Letchworth.
Mile 32 Cross the Genesee River using Route 36. Within a few years, the trail will cross on its own bridge, to be built on the remaining railroad piers, visible in the river to the west.
Just after crossing the bridge, turn right on Sickles Avenue . The Greenway trailhead is located just ahead. The trail travels south through a wooded section of the village to Route 36. Cross Route 36 and continue to the Route 408 crossing (Mile 33). Parking area at Mile 33.
Mile 34 Mt. Morris Veterans Park Memorials to those from Mt. Morris who have served in all wars from all branches of the service. The park was dedicated in 2001 and serves to bring together several memorials previously located throughout the village. Parking area for park and Greenway.
Mile 36 Sonyea, Groveland Correctional Facility. A few of the buildings remain from the Shaker colony that developed here in the nineteenth century. When the Shakers left, the State used the complex as an epileptic facility. Note the railroad era Mile Marker 40 just before the trail ends.
Presently there is no through trail connection between Mile 36 and Mile 42.
Mile 42 to Mile 44 (Creek Road) Lovely wooded section of trail. You will not find any remnants of the canal prism here as the trail follows the route of the rail bed only. The canal was located further to the north.
Mile 44 to 45 (Creek Road to Pentagass Road) The Greenway is closed in this section until ownership issues are resolved.
Mile 45 Pentagass Road. There are two trails going south from Pentagass Road . The one to the east is the Branch Trail that terminates in the Village of Nunda at Route 408. It follows the route of the canal. The one on the west is the main trail that goes to Letchworth State Park which follows the route of the main line of the railroad.
Look for Lock #38 along the Triple Creek Golf Course.
Mile 45.5 Trail passes through the Triple Creek Golf Course. You will need to detour around the putting green.
Mile 48 Oakland Road The trail along the former rail bed goes straight ahead.
Turn left and go south toward Route 436 about ¼ mile to reach the branch of the Greenway that follows the former canal towpath and the Oakland Road Parking Lot . The canal towpath trail passes by 7 locks and several interpretive signs.
Mile 49 Deep Cut In this area, the canal builders removed approximately 600,000 cubic yards of earth, without the aid of modern day mechanical equipment, so that no additional locks would be needed for the canal to ascend the hill to the west.
Mile 51.5 Park Road, Parade Grounds Parking area is located up the hill to the left. Bathrooms and a drinking fountain are available.
Mile 52 -53.5 The trail is closed due to the slide area. The Slide Area is the site of an ancient river bed. The soil on the hillside has been sliding into the river gorge for years.
Mile 54 – mile 56 In this location, beginning in Portageville at Main Street , just up the hill from the Genesee Falls Inn, the trail has been used as part of the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail for many years. It is marked with FLT yellow blazes and FLT signs. Greenway Report, Miles 54-56
South of mile 56, no trail is open until Mile 73 at Crawford Creek Road.
Mile 73 – 76 At Mile 75 , the trail passes by the only remaining Genesee Valley Canal Warehouse on Hughes Street in Belfast .
Mile 76 – Mile 78 Bridge is out just south of Gleason Hill Road , but the small stream can be crossed on foot. Otherwise, you can drive via Route 305 and Lake Road to use the next two-mile section.
Trail section can be accessed in the middle from Lake Road , off Route 305 at the red barn. Go about .5 miles down Lake Road . After crossing the bridge and making the sharp left curve, you'll notice the Greenway running parallel to the road. Just before the abandoned house on the left, you will see a grassy driveway on the right.
This two-mile section of trail can also be accessed by crossing the newly installed bridge at Mile 78. You can reach Mile 78 by taking the second Lake Road turning from Route 305 coming west from Belfast . ( Lake Road intersects Route 305 in two locations.) In this two-mile section you find the remains of several locks, a waste weir, an Irish cemetery, and a three-sided chestnut mile marker along the trail. You can park along the road at Mile 78 before crossing the bridge.
Mile 82 – Mile 84 Trail passes along Black Creek and areas where there is still water in the canal prism providing a glimpse of what it must have looked like in the nineteenth century. Parking at Tibbetts Hill Road Mile 82 .