Trail Description

MAIN RAIL-BED TRAIL.  Our 23.3 mile main trail is on an abandoned rail bed of cinder, stone, and grass.  The rail bed main trail is rated EASY.  The rail bed is marked with mileage posts at half-mile increments.  

There are two bypass areas not on the rail-bed:

(1) Just east of mile post 3.5 the trail turns off the rail bed for a quarter mile using private land, re-entering the rail bed at Freshour Road. 

(2) From County Road 23 in Orleans there is a road walk for nine tenths of a mile north on State Route 488 where it re-enters the rail bed through an open field.    


LOOP TRAILS.  Additional three hiking-only loop trails:  (see Trail Map April 2016 edition).  All loop trails are rated EASY to MODERATE.  The loop trails are marked with white blazes.

  1. The one mile Flint Creek Loop Trail.  Located in our Wheat Road section.  250 feet to the south, this loop trail leads away from the rail bed taking you along Flint Creek.  There are five access points in this section to enter this loop trail. 
  2. The three tenths of a mile Train Wreck Loop Trail.  This is the site of the 1964 train derailment south of Orleans.  Just over a half mile south of the Orleans County Road 23 trailhead is a plaque on a boulder noting the collision site.  This loop trail starts with a descent off the rail bed to a loop along the basin next to Flint Creek.
  3. The four tenths of a mile Hemlock Grove Loop Trail.  This is named for the grove of Hemlock trees in the location. The trail directs you off the rail bed descending towards Beaver Dam Creek and the big culvert under our rail bed.  Then it follows Beaver Dam Creek to where it joins Flint Creek.  

A quarter mile access trail from the BOCES parking lot on County Road 20 in Flint to our main rail bed trail behind the school.  This access trail follows the established path from the parking area.   


PARKING.  Best parking locations (marked with a "P" on the Trail Map)

Phelps Leg (north to south):

  1. Gifford Road
  2. Route 96
  3. Wheat Road
  4. Orleans Water Tower
  5. Flint BOCES
  6. Stanley Junction

Canandaigua Leg (north to south):

  1. Ontario Street
  2. Ontario County Fairgrounds (CR 10)
  3. Freshour Road
  4. County Road 47
  5. Depot Road
  6. Goose Street
  7. Stanley Junction

[Updated May 2016]