The Foothills Trail Club was founded in 1962 by a few hikers and outdoors enthusiasts who wanted to build a trail from Allegany State Park to Lake Ontario. The trail that the club built and maintains is called the Conservation Trail. It extends 177 miles from the Pennsylvania border through Western New York to the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. The Conservation Trail is part of the Finger Lakes Trail System which extends eastward across New York State to the Catskills.
A typical hike schedule for the Foothills Trail Club includes day hikes all over the Western New York area and Southern Ontario, usually 2 to 10+ miles long, trail work parties, mini-hikes in area parks on summer evenings, weekday morning saunters at a slower pace, nature walks and snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter months. We hike every week of the year.
You can view our hike schedule at www.foothillstrailclub.org. The hikes are rated by pace and terrain. Hiking is a wonderful activity, good for both body and mind. It is also an opportunity to meet very friendly people. Please consider joining us for a hike. Guests and new members are always welcome.
Submitted by Kathy Foote
Member of the Foothills Trail Club