Erie Canal Neighbors Association

General Category => ECNA Adopt a Trail Information => Topic started by: Doug K on August 12, 2019, 10:55:24 am

Title: A "slice of heaven" in Fairport, Thanks to Mike Caswell
Post by: Doug K on August 12, 2019, 10:55:24 am
Where is this 'slice of heaven" in Fairport?

It's the Oxbow Trail Loop if you go to All Trails.. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/erie-canal-oxbow-loop

And if you go to New York's Park N Trails website it's shown in their Adopt a Trail Program Map

https://www.ptny.org/get-involved/volunteer/adopt-trail

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This little gem of a walk, half trail - half park, has been written up in the Canalway Trail Times as well.

https://canalwaytrailtimes.org/2018/08/13/erie-canalway-neighbors-association-adopts-historic-oxbow-trail/

For most locals is simply known as "The Bow" and if you haven't been there, you don't know what your missing out on.

It's about a third of a mile long in from end to end, but is next to one of the most scenic spots along the Erie Canal that you will ever see. And...as a bonus.. you also get to see a small abandoned section of the original Erie Canal from 1817. Thanks to the efforts of a local resident the trail has been given new life... take a look.

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So if you ever go out for a walk along the canal here, or if you ever take a moment to get the dogs out for a nice walk along the Oxbow Trail

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And you just happen to see the guy in the picture below out on your walk, be sure to thank him for not just talking about how to help the environment around the Erie Canal prosper, but for actually doing something proactive about it like Mike Caswell and his band of Adopt-a-Trail volunteers did.

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Mike pays out of pocket for the mowing along the trail to manage the weed growth... you can help support that thru Go Fund Me if you are so inclined - https://www.gofundme.com/d2mfgs-ecna

And if that's not enough...he runs an online blog about this unique "Oxbow" feature of the Erie Canal located in Perinton & Fairport in his Oxbow Blog webpage - https://theoxbowblog.wordpress.com/

The ECNA extends well wishes to Mr. C for his dedication to doing "what's right" to help foster a Reimagined NY Canalway.