Local organizations team up to celebrate winter on the Sullivan O&W Rail Trail
Woodridge, NY – For some Sullivan County organizations, this February there’s no business like snow business! On Saturday, February 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Catskill Mountainkeeper invites the community to snowshoe on the Sullivan O&W Rail Trail from Mountaindale to Woodridge at the first annual SnO&W Snowshoe Fun Run and Walk.
“The Catskills are truly a four-season recreational wonderland,” said Ramsay Adams, Executive Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper. “The SnO&W celebrates the best winter has to offer, with snowshoeing, hiking, food and drink on the newly developed and expanding scenic Sullivan O&W Rail Trail. This family-friendly event is the culmination of a wonderful partnership between Catskill Mountainkeeper, Trailkeeper, Sullivan 180, the Village of Woodridge, the Town of Fallsburg, Mountaindale Action Committee, Morgan Outdoors, and the Sullivan County Division of Planning.”
Sandi Rowland, Executive Director of Sullivan 180, added, “Sullivan 180 is pleased to participate in the SnO&W. Our mission is to build a healthier Sullivan County. Opportunities for outdoor exercise and recreation such as snowshoeing are an excellent way to help us get healthier and stay fit over the winter months. It is also a great way to encourage a sense of social connection and community.”
Local officials are also thrilled at the chance to show off their segments of the trail. “Our Rail Trail has been greatly improved over the past year and we are looking forward to the SnO&W, which will be a fun event,” said Mayor Joan Collins of Woodridge.
The approximately 2-mile course will begin at the trailhead on Mall Road in Mountaindale and finish at Krieger Park in Woodridge, with complimentary refreshments available at Woodridge Village Hall following the event.
There will be a limited number of snowshoes available for rent. Transportation will be provided from the race end back to parking. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. To reserve a spot or for further information, visit https://snowshoefunrunwalk-mountaindaletowoodridge.eventbrite.com. The event will occur, snow or shine.
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Thank you to the following ‘Trailkeepers’ for helping us reach out fundraising goal:
- Amanda Smock
- Amy Miller
- Emily Walker
- April Mach
- Jan London
- Charlie & Lett Demicoli
- Monica Pollock
- Christian Graca
- Wendee Green
- Jerrid Leo
- Matthew Stinch
- Maria Grimaldi
- Richard Marans
- Prof. J.H. Holland
- Kathy Kadoun.
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We will meet at Morgan Outdoors, located at 46 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY. We will be identifying birds by both sight and sound in the town’s Renaissance Park. Lance makes it fun and easy!
Bring your binoculars if you have them and a notepad too — both are optional.
As a result of the weather, we have to postpone the snowshoe hike for 2/9. The Basha Kill Vineyard will not be open tomorrow (unless it is for wine pick up only) and we are uncertain of the snow plow removal for the parking areas.
The hi…ke will now take place on Saturday, February 16th. The event will still take place from 10AM – 12PM, with the wine tasting at the Basha Kill Vineyard afterwards at 12PM.
Please confirm whether or not you will be able to attend on 2/16, since we have a wait list.
Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience. In the meantime, please check out www.Trailkeeper.org to learn more about the Basha Kill hiking trails and other hiking opportunities in Sullivan County.
Join us for some upcoming hikes to experience Sullivan County!
Groundhog’s Day Snowshoe Hike for All: February 2nd, 2013 @ 10:00am
Despite what Punxsutawney Phil may have to say, join us to celebrate this beautiful season that we call winter with a snowshoe hike @ Walnut Mountain! Join us in the parking lot after the hike for a delicious cup of hot chocolate and treats provided by The Center for Discovery!
DIRECTIONS: It’s easy to get to Walnut Mountain, located in Walnut
Mountain Park, a 265-acre park in Liberty, New York, not far from Route 17. Driving directions and a park map can be found at:
MEETING PLACE: The Park has two entrances. We will meet at the Lake Street entrance (intersection of West Lake Street and Eagle Drive) in the large trailhead parking lot (on right side of map)
WHAT TO BRING:
- Two Full Water Containers
- Sturdy Shoes Suitable for Trail
- Day Backpack
- Warm, Waterproof Jacket
RSVP: Call 845-707-1326 by 5:00 pm Friday, February 1st to register so
we know you’re coming and can answer any questions.
The Center for Discovery
Valentine Hike: Saturday February 9th, 10am-12pm
Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and other Trailkeeper partners for a snowshoe hike in the Bashakill, ending with a wine tasting at the Bashakill Vineyards. Keep an eye on www.DelawareHighlands.org for more info and to register.