Seventeen happy hikers enjoyed 4 miles of scenic ravines, creeks, and marvelous fall colors on this sublime autumn day (photo 1). We savored the sunshine and each other, many of us reconnecting with friends we hadn’t seen in a long time.
On our trek to Bear Point, we saw a rare American Chestnut tree, Maidenhair ferns, a trio of old growth Tulip trees, colorful Turkeytail fungi, and more. At Bear Point we paused for snacks, conversations, and views of Zoar Valley Gorge (photo 2). There we met a new ADK-NFC member and 2 others who became members right after the hike! We crossed a ravine at Deer Lick Creek and were rewarded with a view of the 70 foot waterfall (photo 3). This special place is owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy and is one of WNY’s treasures.
Submitted by David and Janet Kowalski