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Ancient Branch of the Genesee River


Originally the western branch of the Genesee River before the last ice age, this hike follows an abandoned railbed paralleling the Genesee Valley Greenway. View 80 feet high shale cliffs, waterfalls and swimming holes (bring a swimsuit if you’re up for a dip!). We will return the same route.

Difficulty: This is a moderately easy hike - mostly flat with one moderate hill to climb at the end.

Length: 3 miles, out and back

Private Tours: Call us for availability.

Refund/Cancellation policy: This hike is rain or shine. For all day hikes you may cancel up to twenty four (24) hours before start time for a full refund. If hike is canceled by Trail Otter due to adverse weather conditions, you will have the option to reschedule or a full refund.

Where to meet: We ask that you meet us in Tuscarora at the Mt. Morris Town Lands parking lot twenty minutes before your scheduled hike to ensure liability forms are complete and you are prepared for the hike. The parking lot is located on Dutch Street Road, right in front of a pavilion, and approximately 1/10 mile south of County Route 72.

What to bring/wear: Depending on the weather, bring seasonally appropriate clothing. Avoid cotton, especially socks - wool or synthetic socks are best. Bring a change of footwear and socks for your car ride home just in case it is wet or muddy. Bring water for hydration. If you are accustomed to using hiking poles for balance, they will work great for this hike.

Summer & Early Fall: we highly recommend long pants, as there are plants that may make you very itchy.

Winter & Early Spring: ice and snow melt much slower in this protected gorge. Microspikes or similar products and/or snowshoes may be required. We will advise you of conditions and requirements before your cold weather adventure.

Bugs: Mosquitoes will be present in the spring/summer/fall. Ticks are now everywhere in the Genesee Valley and can be active any time of year. Use permethrin on your boots & clothing, and deet/picaridin on your body for the best protection.

Dogs: We love ‘em, but unfortunately they are not allowed on this hike.