Located in Ontario County, Ontario Pathways is a 23 mile long trail for walking, hiking, and biking with much to explore. There are three additional loops for hiking only. The trail is open year round from dawn to dusk and is free to the general public to use. You can also visit in the winter months for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
The waterfalls can be found at the Ontario Pathways access point in Phelps, NY (1990 NY-96). The best way to find the waterfalls is to walk into the trail and continue for about 10 minutes. The walk to the falls is about 1/3 mile.
You are at the site of the first falls when you see some large boulders on the right side of the trail and a worn path- it will lead you right to the falls! Travel down a bit further and you will find some more fun places to access the water.
This section of the falls is a common site for families and dogs but there is plenty of space to spread out and explore. When the water level is high, there may even be small pools of water for kids swim in. Wear water shoes, as the stone can be a bit slippery at times. There is additional 3-4ft falls that can be viewed from the historic railroad bridge a bit further down!
-There are Wegmans Trail markers along the entire path so visit different sections to fill your passport!
-Make sure to bring bug spray! While the trails are well maintained if you travel off the main trail it can become buggy quickly.
-The path is stroller friendly with flat, easy terrain.
– Poison Ivy is plentiful, stay on the trails!
The Winnie the Pooh Trail
798 Co Rd 10, Canandaigua, New York
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Ready for a Unique Hiking Experience? The start of the Winnie the Poof Trail starts off of Co Rd 10, across the street from the Ontario County Fairgrounds. There is a small parking area across the street from the trail head. Once you cross the street, you will know you are in the right place as you will be greeted by signs right upon entering the trail! The first sign starts with an accurate warning, watch for Poison Ivy!
As you continue down the trail you will run into signs as you venture onward, quoting A.A Milne and the beloved Winnie the Pooh books. The trail is loaded with creative and interactive elements such as a stump labeled “Poohs thotful spot” and benches labeled “Pooh trap for Heffalumps.”
There is also a Wegmans Passport marker towards the end of the trail so be sure to bring along your Ontario Pathways Passport!
Towards the end of trail is our favorite part! The beloved home of Eeyore! Believe it or not, this house of sticks is quite sturdy and so fun for the kids to explore. The trail is approximately 3/4 mile one way and is a there and back trail.
With the frequent stops and flat terrain, this is a great trail for beginner hikers and kids young and old!
The trail is open and accessible year round. In the winter months, skiing, snowshoeing and hiking is welcomed! The snow on the trail is often nicely packed down and the parking lot is plowed. We like to bring a sled to pull the younger one!