LIVINGSTON COUNTY – On New Year’s Day, nature lovers will enjoy Letchworth’s lush bogs and trails, now locked in winter ice and snow, on two free ‘First Day’ hikes.
The hikes are scheduled to begin at 1. pm at The Humphrey Nature Center. Participants are urged to arrive half an hour early to register. Hot Chocolate and Cookies will follow at 3 p.m.
“These walks search out the nature lore of the winter season as we examine trees, winter weeds and fungi and discover animal signs and tracks,” posted NYS Parks on their website. “‘In person’ track makers are always a possibility. For all of the hikes, it is suggested you dress for the weather. If snow gets ‘knee deep,’ you may find it helpful to also bring your own snowshoes.”
The park does have a few snowshoes for borrowing.
There are two hike difficulty levels to choose from:
Families with younger children are encouraged to take the ‘Letchworth CSI – Who Done It’ walk, a less than one-mile walk on nearly level wooded loop near the Humphrey Nature Center. Hikers will pass frozen bogs and the Trout Pond.
Families with older children are encouraged to brave the ‘Exotic Trees from Other Lands and State & National Champions’ walk, a two-mile loop to Inspiration Point, the Glen Iris Fountain and Middle Falls with a more than 200-foot descent and 200-foot ascent along trails, roads and stairs.
Warm beverages and refreshments will be provided at 3 p.m. by the Friends of Letchworth State Park.
The Park instructs participants to enter the Castile Entrance Gate, turn right at the stop sign, continue approximately a mile and take a right turn into the Trailside Lodge – Humphrey Nature Center area. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather.