SHERWOOD IN THE FOREST WITH ROSIE: A winter's day visit to Grimes Glen
NAPLES -- Grimes Glen dazzles on a snowy day. So dazzling we weren’t surprised to encounter a photography crew in the glen during a visit a couple weeks back. But don’t ask us any questions. Rosie wouldn’t pause long enough to inquire which glossy magazine they were with. That’s because the crew was so smitten with the natural scenery — a tripod carefully perched on the bank, laser focused on snowflakes — that Rosie received nary a glance.
So she just stuck her nose in the frosty air and marched on.
Marched is an understatement. Rosie wanted to race through the glen but I felt a slow pace was the better part of valor. I kept us on the path above the rocky stream bed and below the gorge walls that rise a hundred feet or more overhead.
We didn’t hike upstream far enough to see the first of two 60-foot waterfalls, which are about half a mile or more from the Grimes Glen park entrance. Too risky. But you don’t have to go far into the glen to experience the wonder of it all.
From the parking lot at the entrance on Vine Street, there’s a kiosk where you can read about the history of this place formed by gushing meltwaters at the end of the last ice age.
Learn about the ancient “Naples Tree” from a history marker that tells of the discovery here in 1882 of a tree fossil that turned out to be more than 350 million years old.
A 40-foot-long walking bridge is sturdy, safe, and perfect for standing directly above the roaring waters, the sides of the bridge a colorful mural by artist Darryl Abraham.
Check out Grimes Glen, an Ontario County park and one of many preservation projects of the Finger Lakes Land Trust: https://www.gofingerlakes.org/locations/grimes-glen-county-park/
About this feature
Sherwood in the Forest with Rosie," appearing periodically in The Chronicle-Express, features the trail treks of Rosie the redbone hound and her companion, Daily Messenger reporter Julie Sherwood. Email email@example.com or find Julie on Twitter: @MPN_JSherwood