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Finger Lakes Trail
The Finger Lakes Trail is a beautiful "trail system", or network of footpaths, which runs continuously from east to west across New York State, spanning 14 counties for the main trail, and an additional 7 for the branch trails. Wallace D. Wood of Rochester, NY, first conceived of the footpath in 1961. He thought NY should have its own trail, after hiking in VT.
In 1962, the Trail system was built, and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (FLTC, a not-for-profit corporation) was organized to promote and maintain the FLT System. The main 562-mile Finger Lakes Trail connects the Catskill Mountains in the east with the Allegheny Mountains (at the PA-NY border) in the west, by passing through remote areas of the Southern Tier of New York State. Sixty trail sponsors, coordinated by the FLTC, volunteer to regularly manage and maintain trail segments. Hikers are encouraged by the FLTC (over time), to traverse the entire 562-mile trail from "End-to-End". This hiking 'adventure' appeals to backpackers, hiking clubs, scouts, families, or anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. You need not be a "professional" and anyone who can walk can participate. Trails are free, no toll booths or permits required. For starters, why not begin with the Oxford, NY, section of the trail?
A Footpath Across Oxford: The distance of the Town of Oxford section of the FLT is 13.0 miles. At an average of approx. 2-3 mph., a hiker might plan this trip to be about 5 hours. (Note: This pathway does cross through private lands. Permission has been granted to cross their property, solely for hiking, on the trail. No wandering, hunting, ATV's, horses, bicycles, etc.)
Oxford is shown on Map M25 (of the 33 maps) on the main Finger Lakes Trail. The FLT goes through the Town of Oxford, but not the village. It enters the Town of Oxford on the west near the junction of Buckley Hollow and Williams Roads. It goes east through woods and field before crossing NY 12 near the S. Oxford Bridge. It then follows CR 32 south before turning east on Basswood Road. Soon it leaves Basswood Road to meander along a beautiful section of Bear Brook with waterfalls (Bring a camera!) before returning to Basswood Road. It continues west on Basswood, crosses CR 27, continues on what is now called Brook Banks Road, before it takes a southeastern route through the woods, eventually finishing Map 25 at Town Line Road. These 13 miles, in the southern section of Oxford Township are maintained by volunteers from the Triple Cities Hiking Club, of Binghamton, NY.
The complete map M25 map offers hikers info. about how to locate the parking areas, trailheads, and campsites, as well as having a copy of the directions and mileages printed on the reverse side of the map.
In Oxford, and interested in hiking with a group? This area
is covered by the FLT Bullthistle Hikers Club. Edward J. Sidote
[email@example.com] and Marie Inglee [firstname.lastname@example.org]
have been promoting this new hiking club, which meets at the
YMCA in Norwich, NY, the first Tuesday of every month, at 7:00
We wish to thank everyone at the FLTC (Irene Szabo - Pres., Gene Bavis - Exec. Dir., Jay Zitter & Jacqui Wensich - Board Members), Ed Sidote and Marie Inglee of the FLT Bullthistle Hikers Club, and Thomas J. Reimers author of "A Brief History of the Finger Lakes Trail", 2nd edition for their generous contributions in providing this information about the Oxford section of the Finger Lakes Trail.
Now-May 31, Marjorie Harris Art Exhibit at 6 On The Square.
May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, etc., 6-8 PM, Line Dancing (Wednesdays) at NYS Veterans' Home by B & B Line Dance.
May 8, 7:00 PM, PON meeting at 6 On The Square.
May 9, 10 AM, OIDC meeting at Roger Monaco's office.
May 9th, 16th, 23rd, etc., "Trapshooting Thursdays" at the Oxford Rod & Gun Club.
May 9th, 16th, 23rd, etc. 10 AM, Preschool/Toddler Storytime with Carolyn Thau, (Thursdays) at the Oxford Library.
May 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, etc., 6:30 PM, Rotary Club Meeting (every Thurs.) at American Legion Post #376.
May 9th, June 13th, 6:30 PM, Family Night Storytime (2nd Thurs. monthly) at Library.
May 10th, 6:00 PM, AL Auxiliary special meeting in Legion Post 376.
May 10th, 7:30 PM, Leni Stern at 6 On The Square.
May 11th, 8 AM - 1 PM, Great Garage Sale & Bake Sale in Legion's back parking lot. Food, face painting, and lots of shopping.
May 13, 7 PM, A.L. Auxiliary meeting at Legion Post 376.
May 14th, 28th, etc. 7 PM, Lions Club Meeting at Park Place Restaurant. (2nd/4th Tues)
May 15th, 7 PM, Library Board Meeting at Library.
May 16th, 7:30 PM, Open Mic at 6 On The Square.
May 20, 7 PM, A.L. Legionnaires meeting at Legion Post 376.(3rd Mon/month)
May 28th, 7 PM, Drumming Circle at 6 On The Square.
May 28th, 7:30 PM, the Village Board of Trustees meeting. (Last Tues. of month.)
June 1st, 5-7 PM, First Saturday Spaghetti Dinner at St. Paul's Church.
June 5th, 7 PM, AL Auxiliary special meeting in Legion Post 376. (First Wed/month)