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Hike, Bike and Paddle Your Way to Health and Knowledge

Hike, Bike and Paddle Your Way to Health and Knowledge
by: Lisa Burns, Livingston County Tourism Director

While it may be difficult to imagine, under all this snow and cold an exciting and healthy world awaits - and it's all right here in Livingston County.

The Livingston County Tourism Office, with the assistance of local hiking, biking and paddling partners created the Livingston County Edition of the "Let's Go Hike & Bike" Card Sets that were fashioned after a bigger card set developed by the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Offices. Joining forces with the Livingston County Health Department last year to create new trails for the Hike and Bike Cards, there are now ten trails to help you meet not only your fitness goals, but to discover, teach and inspire you about our wonderful county.

Each trail has its own card with trail description, distance, difficulty rating, full map, turn-by-turn directions (on biking cards,) GPS trail head coordinates and information on attractions and places to eat along the trail. All the trail cards are held together with a handy carabineer. Select a trail, pull off the card and you're on your way.

Two new trails were added to the original set, so there'll be no stopping you from enjoying all that Livingston County has to offer.

Our bountiful recreational opportunities are known far and wide. The "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park, two Finger Lakes, Conesus and Hemlock and the mighty Genesee River are waiting for you to continue, or start, your healthy living adventure.

The new "Clara Barton Health Trail" is sure to please all who crave a deeper understanding of local history and healthier lifestyles. This biking trail begins and ends at the Clara Barton House, 1st Chapter of the American Red Cross and provides a five-mile ride through the community which Barton called home for 10 years.

The other new addition is the Conesus Lake Wildlife Management Area Paddle. The first card of the series to designate a paddle, it provides an outlet for different types of outdoor adventurers by joining four hikes (The Genesee Valley Greenway, Letchworth State Park, the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail and the Springwater-Hemlock Lake Reynolds Gull Hike) and five bike rides (the 28-mile Hemlock Lake Loop, the 50-mile Livingston Zam, the 27-mile The Hills are Alive and the six-mile Ring Around Geneseo, along with the new Clara Barton ride).

We invite you to make 2011 the year you take advantage of all that Livingston County has to offer.

"Have A Field Day" for your health and for reconnecting with our awesome history and beauty.

To get your free set of Livingston County Hike and Bike Cards, stop by the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce, Swain Sports in Geneseo, the Mount Morris Dam Visitors Center and Logan's Inn in Dansville or visit www.fingerlakeswest.com/hikeandbike.html for a downloadable version.