Trail Tails – Spring Friendly Trails

Welcome back to Trail Tails Tuesday.  This week let’s actually talk about trail riding.  The calendar says it’s spring but the weatherman keep showing snow. Argh.  When the snow does decide to stop we all know what is next, rain, mud and soggy trails. 

Spring riding can be tough because of the soft ground.  Just because a map says horses are allowed doesn’t mean we should ride on them just yet.  Now is the time to be courteous and realize that our 1000lb animals can ruin a trail very quickly if ridden on too soon.  Sometimes it’s just one bad experience for another trail user and horses (as well as bikes) can be kicked off the trail. Rule of Thumb? Stick to dirt roads, railroad beds and bike trails until the mud in your pastures has gone. That way trails stay divot free and horse lovers can enjoy them for years to come.

GVGreenway 2008 RTR Trail Ride

Recommended Trails for Spring Riding:

–       Genesee Valley Greenway – 86 miles – old railroad bed

–       Lehigh Valley Trail – ~15 miles – old railroad bed

–       Sonyea State Forest – Most of the “trails” are gravel road

–       Letchworth State Park – Parade Grounds Entrance – Closed until May 1st to vehicle traffic but there is a large parking area in front of the gates to park trailers and ride in.

–       Finger Lakes National Forest – Many gravel road trails to ride on.

–       Auburn Trail – 9 miles old railroad bed

–       Groveland Secondary Trail (York to Alexander) – 20 miles – Old Railroad Bed

–       Ontario Pathways – 23 miles old railroad bed – This trail was on the news last year when a tanker took down the bridge over 5&20.  There is a detour until a new bridge can be built.

Do you have a favorite spring time trail?  Share it in your comment.

Happy Trails!

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2 comments to Trail Tails – Spring Friendly Trails

  • Mary Sprague

    I haven’t heard of the Groveland Secondary Trail that goes from York to Alexander. Has anyone ridden it and what is it like? This is close to me so I’d love to find someone to ride with there.

    • admin

      I found that one on a Geocaching site and found out that it is horse friendly. I’m hoping to ride there this summer to check it out. I think I’ll have to scope it out with my car first and find out which road intersection has the best trailer parking.