Thursday Morning Hike - Fillmore Glen State Park

Thursday, October 19, 2017  •  8:55 am
  • Hike rating: Distance - 4 miles; Terrain - Moderate; Pace - Relaxed; Overall rating - Moderate
  • Carpool meeting place: 8:55 a.m. - Millard Fillmore Elementary School parking lot, Route 38 (Main Street), Moravia (click for map).
  • Event/Trailhead location: 9:00 a.m. - Fillmore Glen State Park
  • Contact: Sigrid Connors   Sigatello6@gmail.com   607-227-3786

Our hike takes us to the New York State Fillmore Glen State Park where water in many forms has shaped the natural landscape. This park features cool, dense woods crowding into a long narrow gorge. In October we should be in the peak of fall foliage. Our hike will begin on the steep staircase that takes us up to the North Rim trail, we will cross over the bridge and come back on the South Rim. 
 
Fillmore Glen is one of the many beautiful gorges in the Finger Lakes region and perhaps the closest to its natural state. The bridges, staircases and railings were built without taking too much away from the natural beauty of the falls and gorge.

The varied and abundant flora at the glen inspired Dr. Charles Atwood, a local physician and botanist, to work hard for the establishment of the public park in the 1920's. In 1925 the park was transferred to the state to become the Fillmore Glen State Park, it now has 941 acres. 

There are five major waterfalls within the gorge as well as several smaller cascades. The lower falls is very easy to reach and the rock formation around this falls is particularly interesting, creating an amphitheater-like surrounding. However, the other falls in the park are definitely worth the rugged hike. In fact, some of these falls are even more impressive than the lower falls.
 
This loop hike is a little over 4 miles and includes several trails, some of which can be fairly steep in parts. Bring water and a snack and wear hiking boots. We will meet in the Moravia Elementary School parking lot and carpool to the park. 

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