This fall, we have been trying out some new hiking ideas. When I find myself with an afternoon off, we head to discover new trails for hiking or biking (at least new to us). Criteria–it must be within a twenty minute drive from Grape Arbor, and easy to find!
We picked the Sheldon Trail, because we had seen it when we had hiked some other trails a few weeks ago. The drive to the trailhead was gorgeous, and relaxing! This particular trail is 7 miles long. We decided that we would go as far as we wanted, then turn around and head back. There was a parking area that could hold about six or seven cars.
Just for some background, what is Rails to Trails? It is a national conservancy with an aim to convert unused rail corridors to multi-purpse trails. The dream is to create a cross country trail.
There are almost 10 trails to choose from in Chautauqua! Some can be used for biking and hiking, and in the winter they are good for snowmobiling or cross country skiing.
Our hiking trail was wide, and pretty flat. We saw several bikers while walking, and there were some horse tracks as well. For the most part we were alone as we hiked. The first part of the hiking trail was through some wetlands, with ponds on either side. We had a lot of rain in the previous few days, so there was some mud.
The trail is very well marked, and even had some interesting signs! I don’t know about you, but being outside is very calming, even when I am exercising. Despite a small incident where I stepped in ankle high mud…it was a great hike–pretty flat.
Which trail to pick next? We went back to the Inn opened a bottle of wine, and talked about the day. What a great way to spend an afternoon!